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What fun to share in an honorable quest with characters I’d 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 RatingMerchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2) by Thomas Locke
Published by Revell on January 5th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Magical Realism, Young Adult
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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 . . .