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Emissary (Book) Review

 
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Every once in a while, you’ll find one of those books that completely surprises you – and Emissary is just that type of book. Author Thomas Locke (a pseudonym of Davis Bunn) has written a rather gripping tale of magic, love, and standing up for what’s right. Young Hyam has had a rather rough life. […]

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Every once in a while, you’ll find one of those books that completely surprises you – and Emissary is just that type of book. Author Thomas Locke (a pseudonym of Davis Bunn) has written a rather gripping tale of magic, love, and standing up for what’s right.

Young Hyam has had a rather rough life. His father left early in his childhood to become a wizard, leaving Hyam and his mother to fend for themselves. Magic is forbidden, you see, in all places except the Long Halls, and only those accepted into those ranks are allowed to use it. Hyam also lived in the Long Hall for a bit, as an apprentice, but found the experience to be a cruel one – it’s a place he isn’t all that keen on visiting again, to be sure. But when his mother finally succumbs to the illness she has been struggling with, her final request sends Hyam right back to the hated Long Hall – and inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will change Hyam’s life forever.

As Hyam deals with the news he has been given, he starts to realize that something is different about him. There are rivers of power flowing beneath the earth, and Hyam can sense them. Even more astounding is that he also seems able to use them, for all sorts of purposes. As interesting as that may be, Hyam’s use of magic is against the law, which makes him a danger to the people in his village – and so, he sets off to warn others of the coming war, in order to save his village from any repercussions of his actions.

Hyram’s quest is an action filled one with surprises around every corner. From a mysterious red wizard who often shows his cruelty in Hyram’s fitful dreams, to peoples long thought lost, to a kindred spirit in need of rescue, Hyram seems destined to fill his formerly calm life with all sorts of new people – and not all of them mean well for Hyram or the country. In order to fulfill his duties as emissary, Hyram must face down powers he never dreamed of, risking his life at every turn – but having the right companions makes all the difference, even when times are rough.

Emissary is a great read. It’s filled with action, magic, and plenty of unexpected turns to keep things exciting, without coming across as over the top. Hyram is a sympathetic hero, both easy to relate to and larger than life, and his adventures are a refreshing blend of tried and true fantasy elements and a new perspective. Emissary is completely safe for kids of all ages, with no swearing or sexual content, making it a story the whole family can enjoy together.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)