When I first heard of Emissary, Book 1 of the “Legends of the Realm” series, I was intrigued. I’m always a sucker for new fantasy worlds. In addition, new fantasies written from a Christian worldview are always interesting. Although Emissary is not marketed as Christian fantasy fiction, the author’s worldview is definitely faith-based.
In Emissary, author Thomas Locke obviously put a good deal of effort into world building. I like how the main character, Hyam, gradually finds out who he truly is. Much of the story centers around him discovering who he is and what his capabilities are, all the while building the stage for the main conflict of the book.
In fantasy fiction, the best magic systems always require the character to pay some kind of price to perform the magic. Unfortunately, too many authors resort to the trope that performing magic simply makes one tired. In that respect, I think this book falters a bit, however, I have to say that it is not so strong of a fault to interfere with the story. I think that in this case, the author pulled it off satisfactorily.
The author has built a successful career as Davis Bunn and it’s fun to see him branch out into a new genre under the pen name Thomas Locke. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this new venture of his. I give Emissary 4 out of 5 stars.
For more information, visit the author at: http://tlocke.com/
I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of writing a review.