Hyam is still struggling with the loss of his power after defeating the Crimson Mage. But when a strange force attacks his home, Hyam understands that he can’t mope about forever. The Crimson Mage may be no more, but there are other forces trying to destroy the realm, and Hyam and his friends must go forth, to the embattled city of Emporis and beyond, facing danger from without and within. Hyam will have to call upon all he has, all he is, to find a way to stop the evil from corrupting the realm.
With everything from magic to mystery, adventure to unrequited love, and camels to dragons packed into this second installment in the Legends of the Realm series, Merchant of Alyss is fabulous! Upon finishing the first chapter, I was already so grabbed by this story that I didn’t want to put it down. And the rest of the novel certainly didn’t disappoint – full of exciting moments and anxious trials, a grand quest for a great hero.
I really appreciate Locke’s attention to his characters and all the tiny details that make them who they are. You can come away from his books feeling as if you’ve known these people for years – and still want to spend time with them!
I would definitely suggest reading the first book in the Legends of the Realm series (Emissary – excellent!!) before you read Merchant of Alyss – while you could read Merchant by itself, it’s much easier to understand and get sucked into Hyam’s story, if you know how he got to this point. If nothing else, at least pick up The Captive, a free ebook short that shares Joelle’s story from Emissary to get you started.
In my review of The Patmos Deception, I asked how you could beat a Davis Bunn novel, and I think I’ve found the answer – a Thomas Locke novel! (Okay, if I’m honest, it’s probably a tie.) This could probably be because Thomas Locke is Davis Bunn’s alter ego. But seriously, if you like fantasy, you’ll love this series. If you like Davis Bunn novels, but aren’t sure about fantasy, you should check out the Legends of the Realm. The stories are just as exciting and intricate as Davis Bunn’s thrilling adventure novels, but with dragons.
Highly recommended, and I hope that a new installment in the series comes out soon!
Many thanks to Revell and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂