With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny–or his doom.
Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden–or face annihilation.
As Hyam’s mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he–and the realm–will have a future.
In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams.
But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.
Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land–isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.
But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.
This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.
Thomas 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. He divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. Davis’s screenplay adaptation of Emissary is currently under development as a feature film with a British production company. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.
I really wanted to like this book. Although I read a lot of romance I don’t tie myself to one genre, I really like to read from many categories. I have enjoyed fantasy before and knowing Thomas Locke (Davis Bunn) is an excellent author I was excited to read this book.
Unfortunately, I could not get into it. I felt so disconnected from Hyam and that things just happened without any reason. I didn’t really feel Hyam’s motivation to do what he was doing, he just did it. I wanted to understand why he did it.
There were times that I would feel myself getting pulled into the story but then a bunch of narration would come up and my mind would wander and I would feel myself checking out and then not really caring about the characters.
This is young adult novel so maybe someone younger who enjoys Lord of the Rings and those types of books will enjoy this more than I did. As always this is my opinion only. This book is getting great reviews. So if it sounds interesting to you then maybe you should give is a read 🙂
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.