Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Merchant of Alyss
Summary: Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.
When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him
I loved Emissary, the first book in this series, and had high expectations for Merchant of Alyss. The storyline was great and I loved getting to join Hyam again on another journey. An evil overtaking the land, and an unseen enemy attacking. Visits with the elves, a new red mage, dragons, ancient scrolls with a writing only seen by Hyam, a battle, and a mysterious island. With his hidden past, Hyam soon discovers the forbidden history of a battle long ago connects with himself. Soon traveling with his companions to get answers, and to fight an unknown enemy. When his party is attacked, and his wife under a death like curse, Hyam must cross new terrains, meeting mythical beasts, and dark enemies to save the land and his wife.
Thomas Locke is a great writer. This is the second book I've read by him, and his style of writing kept me glued to the pages. Though, unfortunately, the book had a few things I did not enjoy.
The rating of this book would have been higher if not for the fact one of the characters fell in love with someone who was already married. It seemed to keep coming up again and again, and I did not enjoy that the author kept bringing it up. I hope that the next book in the series Mr. Locke will exclude the unneeded love, as I really enjoy this series.
I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from the publisher for a honest review