Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam’s extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light–and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.
He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path–which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities–and dangers.
I do have to apologize for the lateness of this review…I temporarily misplaced the book and therefor forgot about it……
I’ve always enjoyed reading fantasy books, and this one was only slightly different than all of the others I’ve read. It was completely predictable and the romance felt too forced, I would have actually liked the book better had the romance been left out all together, and I’m not normally one to say that, I typically like all of my books to have a few romantical scenes in there, but only if they are written out well. The writing, however, was wonderful and kept you engaged throughout the entire plot. And the story world was one of the best I’ve ever read about, you could tell that the author poured most of his energy into the story world and it greatly benefited from it. Though I do think that the author could have improved on his characters greatly, the story world and Locke’s writing will definitely bring me back for book two! 4 stars out of 5!
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His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.
Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.
Thomas’s screenplay adaption of EMISSARY is under development as a feature film with a British production company.
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