Monday, February 29, 2016

Merchant of Alyss - A Review

Published - January 2016, Revell Books
Series - Legends of the Realm Book 2
Author - Thomas Locke
Title - Merchant of Alyss
Format - ebook, paper
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Hyam has settled into life as he knows it now. The citizens of Falmouth admire him for his rescue from an evil magician, and Hyam enjoys the peacefulness of having Joelle by his side. But he feels he is missing something big, and he is. The magical abilities he lost during the Battle of Emporis have shown no signs of returning and he often wishes that he never had known magic at all. When a wagon full of ancient artifacts arrives in Falmouth, Hyam soon discovers that the scrolls are Milantian, and that he can read them. Power surges through him as he handles what appears to be blank scrolls, but what he reads is very disturbing and talks of war. With Joelle and several others, Hyam sets out on a journey that will hopefully bring answers, not knowing the danger that the journey will have for all involved or that he will have to face his own troubled past.

This is the second book in the Legend of the Realms series, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Locke has created a world that is very magical and concrete. Hyam has grown on me from the first book. He's come to grips with his loss of abilities and is struggling to find himself. When he gets an opportunity to be useful again, he takes it.

I enjoyed seeing Hyam's and Joelle's relationship develop further. And when she is captured by an evil sorcerer, he will do anything to get her back. There are other characters that are memorable as well. Shona is one I'm not sure about right now. I think she'll be a  good leader, but I don't like her interest in Hyam. But that's just me.

Full of magic and adventure, this is a book that most fantasy lovers will certainly enjoy!

I received a copy of this book for free from Revell for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Narnia, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, fantasy, Brandon Sanderson

Rating - 4 stars

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