Addictive reading: Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm Book #2) by Thomas Locke

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about the book....

Beneath the hills of a primeval city, a vanquished enemy is gathering power. As this new threat arises, can Hyam summon his true heritage and overcome the forces of evil?

When Hyam reluctantly returned to the Long Hall, he never imagined how his life would change. Latent powers were honed, chance encounters brought new wisdom, and even love found a way into his heart. With his wife, Joelle, he now makes a home in Falmouth Port. 

Hyam is slowly recovering from his battles when a mysterious shipment of Milantian scrolls arrives. Soon he is haunted by dreams of mythic beasts and coming conflicts. When Joelle falls under a sorcerer's spell, he must venture through the desolate lands to save her--and his community.

One particular scroll seems to hold the promise of new powers, but it also carries a hidden warning about an unfathomable threat. As Hyam sets out on another journey, he is keenly aware that he must rely on all his abilities--and his forbidden past--to succeed. His quest could bring deliverance . . . or devastation.

my review...

I absolutely loved every moment of "Merchant of Alyss", a book that I devoured in one day because I was so thoroughly immersed in Hyam's quest that I was unable to step away from the pages. In fact, it's not often that I find the follow-up to the first book in a series to be even better than the first. Yet I must say that while I loved "Emissary", I found this second installment to be even more riveting! Perhaps it is simply the fact that I had already become emotionally invested in Hyam and Joelle's journey after reading the first book. But the stakes seemed even higher now as I raced from scene to scene and, together with the characters, joined in the battle against the evil creeping over the land. The writing is breath taking as Locke uses powerful and vivid imagery to bring The Realm to life.

Hyam is the ultimate hero, a man of character and integrity, the type of man that we need more of in our world today.  As well, the new characters that are introduced over the course of the plot are wonderfully intriguing and took the story in a direction I hadn't anticipated. And perhaps that is what I am most learning about the author as this series unfolds, that there always seems to be something unexpected waiting for me - unique characters, fascinating supernatural elements, and plenty of twists and turns.

Locke has definitely raised the bar for Christian fantasy fiction, and I am eagerly anticipating the next story to emerge from his talented pen. Book 3 in the "Legends of the Realm" series simply can't come fast enough! I highly recommend this story and award it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Thomas LockeThomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary. Learn more at

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