Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke


Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN-10: 0800723864

ISBN-13: 978-0800723866

Genre: Fiction / Fantasy

Series: Legends of the Realm, Book Two

Thomas Locke creates a world much like Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. He builds a fantastic world where elves, wizards, and other people who are only known through legends come alive. The imagery will capture readers as it is brilliant.

Locke seems to take more time describing the scenery than he does the action. This causes the plot to fall short and disappointing. Parts were interesting, but quite a bit of it was lengthy and boring.

There was no connection with the characters and I could not find them relatable. I would have liked to have really been able to get to know them so I could understand them.

While this falls into the Christian Fiction genre, there aren’t any clear spiritual elements. There are “morally good” elements instead. These elements include the battle of self-control, sacrifice, love, individual’s choice of being good and evil and finding power in something greater than yourself.

A lot of other people enjoyed this book so don’t give up on it just because I didn’t personally enjoy it. I hate giving negative reviews so I tried to be as brief as possible without tearing it to pieces.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

From the Inside Flap

Beneath the hills of a primeval city, a vanquished enemy is gathering power. As this new threat arises, can Hyam summon his true heritage and overcome the forces of evil?

When Hyam reluctantly returned to the Long Hall, he never imagined how his life would change. Latent powers were honed, chance encounters brought new wisdom, and even love found a way into his heart. With his wife, Joelle, he now makes a home in Falmouth Port.

Hyam is slowly recovering from his battles when a mysterious shipment of Milantian scrolls arrives. Soon he is haunted by dreams of mythic beasts and coming conflicts. When Joelle falls under a sorcerer’s spell, he must venture through the desolate lands to save her–and his community.

One particular scroll seems to hold the promise of new powers, but it also carries a hidden warning about an unfathomable threat. As Hyam sets out on another journey, he is keenly aware that he must rely on all his abilities–and his forbidden past–to succeed. His quest could bring deliverance . . . or devastation.

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Locke_ThomasAbout Thomas Locke

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary. Learn more at


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