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Emissary 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 thous

  • Title: Emissary
  • Author: ThomasLocke
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  • Page: 101
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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.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 Book one of the Legends of the Realm series is a wonderful journey away from the real world This universe is one of fantasy with good and evil, magic, and creatures both mundane and fantastical The young hero and his companion animals will soon have readers wanting to go on adventures with them A fine start to this intriguing series RT Book Reviews, 4 stars Readers of inspirational fantasy will enjoy Locke s foray into a new genre Publishers Weekly A superbly crafted fantasy adventure novel that engages the reader s total and rewarded attention from beginning to end Very highly recommended Midwest Book Review

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    1. Ana on said:

      Emissary tells the story of Hyam, who up until his 21st birthday was a plain farmer's son who enjoyed hunting. And that is all I could tell of who the guy was. He was dull and his emotional range appeared minimal to say the least. Anyway, it's his 21st birthday and it appears that he is not a regular human after all. He has powers. Powers which only manifest themselves at that specific age. Why? You tell me. Apparently it's in his race. People turn 21 and boom - they get powers. Does that answer [...]

    2. Sarah Sundin on said:

      From my fantasy-loving 16-year-old son, Matthew: "The story is well written and very enthralling. The story following Hyam leaves you with a sense of wonder, but has enough realistic properties that it does not become insanity. Though the story is meant for a younger audience, members of an older audience could still find enjoyment in reading this book. Through and through, Emissary is a great story and a good read. I recommend this story to lovers of adventure and fantasy."I received a complime [...]

    3. Amber on said:

      When Hyam's mother passes away before his 21st birthday, he follows her final wish to go find his father and tell him that she has died. Upon going to the Long Hall where his father was at that he was banished from after 5 years of training, he is told that his father has passed away and to go away. It is only when he goes to the Ashanta that they declare him emissary to their clan that his true adventure begins. Can he warn the others of the sinister force that is descending into the land to ca [...]

    4. Paula Vince on said:

      Hyam's mother dies the week he turns 21, and he returns to a Long Hall where he used to be an acolyte, to tell his father of her passing. He hates having to go back, as he has traumatic memories concerning his time spent there. Hyam learns that his father is deceased, but that he himself was actually an orphan with unknown origins who his parents took under their roof. Although Hyam is willing to return to his village and farm his land, his magical heritage catches up with him now that he is of [...]

    5. Pegg on said:

      I had not read a good fantasy novel in a long time. I enjoy the genre when it's done well, and Emissary is done well. It has all the elements of a good fantasy tale. There is a hero who is honorable and steadfast. The hero has a quest that is shrouded in a mystery. There is an older wizard (okay, not a mandatory element, but one I like) who mentors the hero. And there are clear lines between good and evil. Fantasy that smudges that line won't work for me.Hyam begins his journey by honoring his m [...]

    6. Christian Fiction Addiction on said:

      Fans of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will rejoice at a new addition to the realm of epic fantasy with the arrival of "Emissary". From page one, I was captivated by Hyam and his story, as his status as orphan garnered my sympathy while the explosion of his powers onto the scene held me captive to the point I simply couldn't put the book down. I had to find out, just who is Hyam? How did he come to have these mysteries powers? I absolutely love characters who come from humble beginnings, only to discove [...]

    7. Kayleigh on said:

      DNF at 28%I don't really have a lot I can say about this book because I didn't even get 30% of the way in, but I just couldn't do it. I was bored.That doesn't mean that this is a bad book by any means. I can definitely see that some people would actually love this book, it just wasn't for me.This, actually, very much reminded me of The Wise Man's Fear, which is strange because I loved both of Patrick Rothfuss' books but I just couldn't get along with this one.There seems to be a complete lack of [...]

    8. Deb Haggerty on said:

      Deb’s Dozen: 12-Word Summaries – Dying mother’s last request sends orphaned farm boy on a quest – Emissary!Fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres, although, until recently, I’d not read much of note. Emissary, by Thomas Locke, has shot to the top of my list of favorites. Clean, crisp writing paired with descriptions that pull you into the environment make this a very enjoyable novel.Hyam’s dying mother had one last request—tell your father that I am gone. Hyam’s father [...]

    9. Mark on said:

      Wow! Wow! And triple wow! I LOVED this book. This is no epic. This book for me, however, was epic enough where it counted. I love the characters, the mystery, the magic and the quest. The main character Hyam is one amazing guy. Simple, kind, an all around good man and a total bad-a** with what he can do. This simple read had me sucked in from the get go and I hated to put the book down. As I read, the better it got. This is not a story for everyone out there. It may seem too simple and streamlin [...]

    10. Nyxus on said:

      As someone who is very picky about fantasy novels, I found Emissary to be a great addition to my fantasy shelf. The story of Hyam is fast-paced however not because every page is filled with action. The dialogue is quick, even explanations are left blunt and to the point, which works very well for this book. My only trouble was every so often I'd get so engrossed that I'd forget who was speaking and would have to backtrack a sentence or two as a reminder. As the book delves into Hyam's adventure, [...]

    11. Kathleen (Kat) Smith on said:

      Written in a possible mid century type of style where wizards, mages, magic, mystery and a clouded past are just a part of the true underlying story of Hyam. Born and raised by a mother who did not birth him and a father who did not raise him casts shadows of uncertainty and an unresolved past of who Hyam really is. He has powers and can speak forbidden tongues of Milantian, Ashanti, and Elven even from an early age. It was told that anyone speaking or to be of Milantian blood would be killed on [...]

    12. Rebekah Gyger on said:

      When I first saw this book up for review, I was not aware that Hyam was to become a mage. Ordinarily, I would stay away from books with wizarding heroes, but since it was from a Christian publisher, I decided to stick it out. Let me start by saying that Locke has done some fantastic world building. At no time did I feel like this was not a real world that I could somehow enter and move around in. The story was easy to follow and the magic interesting. Yet, as a whole, I could not get into the st [...]

    13. Sherry on said:

      Emissary, by Thomas Locke, is a fantasy which takes place in a world that is often frightening and dangerous. Ominous forces threaten the realm, and most of those who have the wisdom and power to stop these forces have been hidden away, their powers forbidden. Hyam, a young man with a mysterious lineage, turns his back on all that is familiar to become the reluctant leader of a brave, loyal group of mages, soldiers, and a beautiful, equally mysterious young woman, all of whom are dedicated to fr [...]

    14. Faye on said:

      On his 21st birthday, Hyam receives powers far beyond anything he could have imagined. Suddenly he finds himself involved in a rising war, as his powers are tested and his destiny is revealed.The beginning drew me in, but as the story progressed I lost interest and got kind of lost. I really wanted to love this book, and I tried hard, but in the end I felt as if I didn't really have much of a connection with the characters, and I felt more like I was seeing them from a distance rather than being [...]

    15. Claudia SparrowHawk on said:

      SPARROW'S THOUGHTS:// Emissary, Legends of the Realm captures all the very best elements in the fantasy genre: young nobodies destined for greatness, fascinating and enchanting races and realms, ancient mythical fiends, the gathering of a team, valiant quests, and the way in which Thomas Locke weaves them all together is so brilliantly clever! // Thomas Locke's writing is skillfully executed in this novel. He presents a unique sort of writing style that strangely writes itself; a type of writing [...]

    16. Ashley on said:

      Emissary, book one of the Legends of the Realm series, takes us to a world filled with magic and wonder, where elves once flitted beneath the forest canopy and wizards of unprecedented power and ability reshaped the very world with but a casual thought. However, long gone are the days of sorcery and magic, the kings of old now living in exile at the edge of the known world and those few remaining mages a mere shadow of their former glory. Enter Hyam, a farm son whose mother has recently passed a [...]

    17. E.F.B. on said:

      “Emissary” by Thomas Locke is the first book in the “Legends of the Realm” series. This first book is about a young farmer named Hyam who discovers many new things about himself after his twenty-first birthday, not the least of which being that he now has powerful magical abilities he has to learn to control. Oh, and the parents he grew up with, who have both died, were not his real parents. There is also a Mysterious Bad Guy (we know him as the “Crimson Mage”) with a “join-me-or-d [...]

    18. Skye on said:

      I was a bit disappointed with this one, it had an intriguing synopsis. The writing was good, descriptive, and clean. The characters however felt really flat to me, they didn't have any depth. I didn't connect with any of them, and though the book had a nice pace. I couldn't get into it. It was also fairly predictable, nothing took me by surprise.

    19. Karla Akins on said:

      I know you're not suppose to judge a book by its cover, but really, what's not to like about this gorgeous work of art? It's the perfect marquee for this new fantasy series by Thomas Locke. It depicts the flavor and mood of this story perfectly.I don't read fantasy as a rule, but because it's such a popular genre for the younger set, including Millennials, I wanted to read it as a way get to know why they love this type of story. Walk into any bookstore these days and the shelves overflow with n [...]

    20. Shantelle on said:

      Emissary, book one in the Legends of the Realm series, is one of those novels that is just hard to rate. Hard to know what you think of it. On one hand, it was quite superb storytelling. On the other hand, it had some issues that I'm not sure I can overlook. So I've read some of Thomas Locke's (T. Davis Bunn's) other works, and have enjoyed them a lot. Mainly historicals co-written with Janette Oke. I suppose I assumed he is a Christian, especially since Revell is the publisher. Not that I'm say [...]

    21. Jessica Higgins on said:

      A thrilling new journey in the realm of fantasy and science fiction. Filled with action, romance, and subtle humor, this is the beginning of a promising new series.Hyam is a young man who just lost his mother. Her dying request is that he return to the Long Hall where he spent five years as an acolyte apprenticing in the languages of the Milantian, Elven, and Ashantan, of which he mastered all. Actually, he mastered Milantian, the others were beaten into him. However, it is said that only true M [...]

    22. Ian Wood on said:

      This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]

    23. Emmanuel Boston on said:

      Thomas Locke delivers something to his readers that, by all measures, is really quite good. Mystery embedded in mystery. Adventure in fantasy. Love in trust. Story in words.Instead of giving you a book summary like many of the other reviews, I’ll give you a more analytical/critical review to help you gauge (not whether it will be a riveting story, but) whether you want to read this philosophy over-against competing philosophies.Book Philosophy: Greater good can be had in denying myself, even b [...]

    24. Pam Graber on said:

      When I, as a non-fantasy reader, was invited to review “Emissary” by Thomas Locke, I was skeptical about not just enjoying it but even getting through it seemed a stretch. I shouldn’t have worried. “Emissary” kept me up at night reading “just one more chapter” until I finally finished. This book had all the excitement and mystery that I look for in the suspense novels I read while taking me to a medieval world where wizards, Elves and glowing orbs of power are the norm.“Emissary [...]

    25. Janet Sketchley on said:

      Hyam is an honest and unremarkable farmer in a world where magic is only permitted within the confines of  Long Halls: places of training for wizards. He was a Long Hall acolyte for a time, until the wizards threw him out. Not that he wanted to stay. To be an acolyte was much like being a prisoner.Now, as Hyam reaches his coming-of-age birthday (21), his mother's deathbed request sends him back to the Long Hall with a message. The unwelcome news he receives there, plus the sudden onset of what [...]

    26. Megan on said:

      [Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley.]While I'm only giving this book three stars, I am going to say that this was one of the better new fantasies I've read in a long time. Three stars simply means "I liked it," and I didn't LOVE it, so that's why it's only three. This book was more rooted in traditional fantasy than a lot of other books I've read lately, that purported to be fantasy but were in actuality just a teen romance. It probably helped that Hyam is 21, not 1 [...]

    27. Beckie Burnham on said:

      Thomas Locke is a new voice in epic fantasy with the first book in a new series, Emissary. Written from a Christian worldview, Emissary is not your typical Christian novel, yet it embodies the themes of justice, mercy and compassion. Unlikely and ordinary characters achieve the extraordinary through shear will and determination. If you like classic fantasy, then you need to check out this novel.Following the death of his mother, Hyam must travel to give the news to the father that left him long [...]

    28. Terri Wangard on said:

      Hyam’s mother dies two days before his 21st birthday, when his adulthood begins. She asked that he inform his father at Three Valleys Long Hall. Magic had been banned throughout the realm, but within the Long Halls, magery was still practiced.Humans aren’t the only inhabitants of the realm. There are the telepathic Ashanta who keep to themselves. The green Elves, thought to have been wiped out by the Milantians, a warrior clan that brought havoc to the land and are now killed on sight.Hyam [...]

    29. Victor Gentile on said:

      Thomas Locke in his new book, “Emissary” Book One in the Legends of the Realm series published by Revell takes us into the life of Hyam.From the Back Cover: 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 id [...]

    30. Cynde on said:

      The Emissary by Thomas LockeThe beginning tale of an epic fantasy series starts on a farm where a young man cares for his dying mother. His mother is a weaver who has woven a beautiful tapestry of a young man holding up a brilliant purple orb before a battle. Her deathbed wish is that he return to the Long Hall and tell his father of her death. This journey sets Hyam on a perilous quest. At Three Valleys Long Hall he learns his father died four years before and that he might be of a race of bein [...]

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