When you open the pages of Emissary by Thomas Locke, you enter a world quite different from our own. Magic is practised, but only in certain places and ways. There are legends and myths of what happened thousands of years ago. And a dark, evil force is slowly threatening the peace this world has known for the last thousand years.
And the one person who may have the answer to it all is an unlikely hero named Hyam. As a child, Hyam studied in the Long Hall with the magicians who know and practice magic. His gift was to be able to learn languages with an astounding speed. Yet, he was dismissed from the hall and only returned when his mother begged him too on her death bed. Hyam soon discovers he has powers beyond the mastery of language and understand the the fate and future of this world rests in his hands. Along the way, he teams up with Trace, an older magician who leaves his post as Master of a Long Hall to assist Hyam. He also frees a woman named Joelle and their friendship quickly grows. But on the horizon, destruction is coming with the arrival of “The Crimson One” who is seeking to destroy Hyam and take over the kingdom. Hyam knows he must fight him and it could cost him everything.
This is seriously one of the best books I have read in a long time. I swept up in this world and the characters. It was a little bit of Lord of the Rings, but where the majority of the characters can do magic. I am really disappointed to see that I have to wait until 2016 for the next book in the series. I can't wait to explore this world and the characters more.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.