This was a difficult read for me that I had a hard time getting into. Emissary felt at the same time too long and missing details about the characters, mainly the main character Hyam, who for some reason only at 21 finds out he has magical powers, after first enjoying his simple life as a farmer.
The rest is a pretty standard fantasy story, where Hyam will prove everyone rather quickly why he is such a special boy and fights some battles. The problem is that even though Hyam is really at the core of the story, I didn't feel like I got to know him at all. Also, the romantic angle I didn't care for.
I won't be continuing this series, it was not for me.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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Series: Legends of the Realm
Author: Thomas Locke
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital edition
Hyam, former mage apprentice and current farmer, is cast out of his village when it becomes obvious that he has a power that hasn't been seen in the land for years. Somehow he must get a group together to overthrow the bad wizard and the bad king and save the land. All while bitter about life. Boohoo...
Some story tellers can weave their tale in such a way that you become part of the story. They are skillful artists, able to use words like food ingredients in a complicated and tasty recipe. Other story tellers can tell a story in such a way that you can picture what they are telling you. Finally, you have those who just tell a story without much skill and you kind of drag along for the ride.
Sadly, this was an example of the latter. It was a decent story, it just wasn't that skillfully told. In the right hands, it could have been a pretty good story. In many ways it reminded me of the Belgariad by Eddings.
I will not be reading the sequel. This just isn't good enough for me to spend more time on.
Emissary by Thomas Locke is the first book of Legends of the Realm. It is about a young man named Hyam who is on a quest to find out who he is. I'm not sure how I feel about this story. The premise sounded good until I started reading the book. It wasn't my usual fantasy story in that it felt a little lackluster to me. There wasn't the usual action, which gave me pause. It felt more like a love story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. Over all, this book was well written. I won this book in a giveaway, though I'm not sure where I won it from. Anyhow, all opinions are my own.