Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke

Redd Becker Book Review

What fun to share in an honorable quest with characters I’dMerchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke like to know; as real and vibrant as friends. Dragons, witches, elves, ancient spells and lore entwine in an adventure that spun me into their space and time. A test of endurance, the purity of love and loyalty meshed together in Merchant of Alyss, an Ursula LeGuin type adventure.

In Merchant of Alyss a dragon summons a sorcerer who lost his power in order to save their world. A troupe of magicians, apprentices and guards assemble for a journey through devastated lands in search of answers on their quest. Allies solidify where tensions once stood in a kingdom threatened from every side. A girl forges her path to queen and ancient rules bend while fighting evil.

Merchant of Alyss is one of many fun Thomas Locke books

Thomas Locke writes prolifically. Merchant of Alyss is book 2 in his Legends of the Realm series. He also wrote the techno-thriller Faultlines series.  I wrote a short review on book two in the series, Flashpoint since I enjoyed Merchant of Alyss so much. This contemporary urban thriller taps into a very different science-fiction world, but with equally engaging results. An interview with him in Happily Everafter gives you some insights to the author.

My Rating five-stars

Merchant of Alyss by Thomas LockeMerchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2) by Thomas Locke
Published by Revell on January 5th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Standard
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four-stars

Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.
When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I love it when a writer takes a passion or hobby and morphs it into Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggssomething new. Ransom Riggs gathered peculiar photos from friends and flea markets. From those photos he created wonderful characters (the peculiar children) and a unique world for them to come to life–where the impossible is possible and children step from one time to another.

When Grandpa Portman dies under mysterious circumstances Jacob can’t let it go. Some think Jacob is crazy, but his father agrees to take him on a trip to the island where Jacob’s grandpa said the peculiar children live. Eventually, Jacob finds the children, but not without challenges that lead bad guys right into the peculiar children’s liar.

As if the story of the peculiar children isn’t enough, Riggs weaves web after web of mysteries into the book with delightfully dark, twists. He has a wonderfully fresh approach. 

The book is full of compassion, quirky characters and lots of amazing vintage photographs that enhanced my journey.

Ransom Riggs story takes off on TV

Thank you Ransom Riggs for stretching the envelope. I look forward to more adventures, but for those who can’t wait the book’s adaptation to TV puts another twist on the stories as the youtube trailor shows.

My Rating five-stars

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Children #1
Published by Quirk Books on June 4th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Pages: 382
Format: Standard
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four-stars

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.