Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm #2) by Thomas Locke {Fantasy Fiction Review}

Legends of the Realm #2

Beneath the hills of a primeval city, 
a vanquished enemy is gathering 
power. As this new threat arises, 
can Hyam summon his true heritage
and overcome the forces of evil?

When Hyam reluctantly returned to the Long Hall, he never imagined how his life would change. Latent powers were honed, chance encounters brought new wisdom, and even love found a way into his heart. With his wife, Joelle, he now makes a home in Falmouth Port.

Hyam is slowly recovering from his battles when a mysterious shipment of Milantian scrolls arrives. Soon he is haunted by dreams of mythic beasts and coming conflicts. When Joelle falls under a sorcerer's spell, he must venture through the desolate lands to save her--and his community.

One particular scroll seems to hold the promise of new powers, but it also carries a hidden warning about an unfathomable threat. As Hyam sets out on another journey, he is keenly aware that he must rely on all his abilities--and his forbidden past--to succeed. His quest could bring deliverance . . . or devastation.


My Thoughts

I've said before that fantasy just isn't my genre of choice. But after reading Merchant of Alyss, I may be changing my mind on that. Thomas Locke has such an engaging writing style that I can't help but be drawn into the story.

This book (and series) has a little bit of everything so you don't have to be a fantasy lover to enjoy it. There is adventure and intrigue for the suspense lovers. There is a beautiful love story between Hyam and his wife Joelle for all the romantics. And there is also an underlying spiritual element for inspirational fiction lovers.

Merchant of Alyss is the second book in the Legends of the Realm series. I am supposing that you could read it as a stand-alone novel because things are explained very well without being redundant. But . . . truthfully I have to say that I think I would have been a little bit lost if I hadn't first read Emissary.

I look forward to reading the next book to see where the story will take these compelling characters next. If you enjoy a great read that will take you to a world yet unknown you should give this series a try.

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