Emissary, the first book in the new Legends of the Realm series from Thomas Locke, tells the tale of good vs. evil in a fresh and interesting way. The Realm is being threatened by a dark and mysterious force. Young man Hyam, who has just turned 21, is attempting to learn about his heritage after his mother's passing. When he is attacked, he finds that he is able to respond in a very unusual way. As magic has been banned from the Realm for ages, Hyam is at first taken aback by his newfound powers, but then realizes that the threat to his world is real - and he must respond.
Thomas Locke has created an interesting cast of characters as well as an intricate world with his Realm. I would have especially enjoyed for the author to include a map of the Realm to assist in sorting out their travels. Regardless, I enjoyed this book - I found it both creative and interesting. I am looking forward to the next one!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.