Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Word and A Message to Everyone



Thomas Locke

With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny--or his doom.

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.

Emissary was a delightful read.  I immensely enjoyed all of the little gems tucked amongst the pages.  The front cover and the map of the book reminded me of a lot of Prophet by R.J. Larson.  I found the orb on the cover to be reminiscent of the tree branches that Ela held.  In fact, I found myself comparing Prophet to and Emissary often.  I thought that the emissary withstood the comparison rather well. I just thought of something else that makes the two similar, the titles! Think about it, two one word titles, and the titles represent a person’s position as a representative from one person/group to another person/group. SO COOL!

The whole book felt like a beginning.  The action seemed to be a prologue, like it was leading into a whole other story. The second story (the one that was never mentioned) already felt alive to me. While the action here was good and it definitely  worthwhile, I cannot wait to read the second story.  Unfortunately, it looks like next book will not be out until 2016. 

As for the extended prologue, I really enjoyed it.  I found it enticing, if a bit confusing, and similar to the Style of Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Anne Elisabeth Stengl writes long and complicated and intertwined stories that hold you captive until the very end.  I have found that Emissary similarly kept me captive, I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know more about the characters.  They were so alive and realistic and I really wanted them to win.  I was pleasantly surprised by all the things the characters are motivated to do.  I found some of their actions to be a little surprising, and a bit out of the blue.

I really enjoyed Emissary, and have no doubt it will turn out to be one of my favorites this year. Enjoy Reading!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.




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