Legends of the Realm, Book 1
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.
In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams.
But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.
Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land--isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.
But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.
This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.
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If you are a fan of the fantasy genre then this book is for you. I don't really gravitate towards that type of book but when I realized that Thomas Locke was the pseudonym for Davis Bunn I had to give it a read.
I still don't like the fantasy element of the story but overall I really enjoyed the book. Not a surprise since the author is one of my favorites. The story still has that tightly woven, fasted paced element that is common to Davis Bunn's work. While the category is fantasy, there is still plenty of suspense, mystery and even a bit of romance thrown in.
I found myself skimming over the portions that went into fantasy detail and continued reading the rest to get the meat of the story. If this first book is any indication this is going to be a really good series. What fun to find a new/old author to enjoy. I look forward to the next installment to find out more about this mysterious realm.
If you're not quite sure if you would be interested in reading this title. There is a free (as of this writing) Ebook short called The Captive that will give you a little peek into Joelle and how she came to be a prisoner at Long Hall. Fair warning . . . be prepared to continue on with Emissary because I can almost guarantee you'll be sucked in!
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