Merchant of Alyss reviews continue to come in! Today, we’ll hear from:
- Robin Bunting
- Jeannette Conver
- Edward Arrington
- Mary Arndt
“What a truly satisfying story. Locke’s use of vocabulary paints such a great picture, I felt as though I was really taking part in this quest.
Magic, enchantments, dragons, good vs evil are all in this fantastic book. The story builds slowly and increases in intensity as it moves along. I thoroughly enjoyed this epic tale and can hardly wait for the next in the series.” 5 Stars
–Robin Bunting, Amazon
“I could hardly wait for the second Legends of the Realm book to be written. The Emissary characters were already my friends and it was easy to pick up with them where Book #1 concluded.
This band of friends face horrific new challenges and battles on their quest for healing of both their friend and their world under siege. They also face their own personal demons and learn how to be vulnerable with each other.
Their mutual loyalty and authenticity win through as they struggle with impossible odds. Sometimes they are seduced by evil beings who appear harmless or helpful, but they have each other’s backs and are willing to risk their lives to pull each other out of harm’s way.
There are enough supernatural creatures, other races, and magic to satisfy any fantasy lover. Their world captured my imagination with its well-conceived multiple cultures. I was drawn into their puzzlement as the band of adventurers tried to understand the customs and languages of the beings they encountered.
This is no light-weight adventure with one-dimensional bad guys. Evil characters are really frighteningly strong and the odds against the team sometimes seem impossible.
I was absorbed and on the edge of my seat throughout the story. There were enough subtleties in the plot that I would not hesitate to read it again (and I rarely feel that way about any story). There are unanswered questions and unsolved problems, so I was left feeling impatient to read the next book in the series.
I found myself wishing I had a fellowship of friends that were this trustworthy and committed to one another and a common cause.
I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys escaping into another world full of adventure and suspense with strong and complex female as well as male characters that display tenderness, despair, fear, weakness, courage, and trust.” 5 Stars
–Jeannette Conver, Amazon
“I enjoyed trying to picture the creatures, characters, and settings that he described. After all, who has ever seen Elves, Ashantas, Milantians, golems, mages, and all those interesting vales, mountains, deserts, seas, etc. that he describes?
Reading Locke’s stories makes me feel as if a spell has been cast on me and I have to finish reading to be released from the spell. His imagination and ability to communicate in a way that brings it to life astounds me.” –Edward Arrington, Goodreads
“I was impressed with the theme of temptation, and how it played out in this book. I felt it was so true to real struggles we have today.” 5 Stars
–Mary Arndt, Amazon