Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light - and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease?
When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder. He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path - which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities - and dangers.
With lyrical prose that unveils a richly imaginative world, Thomas Locke takes listeners on a journey into the Realm. There he invites them to awaken their sense of wonder. This cracking adventure moves like a contemporary thriller but harkens back to the enduring genre of classic fantasy.
Little development or depth to main characters. The love interest is is unbelievable and unexplained. But narrator is good, making the story pass by at descent pace.
This book is actually well written and is actually a quick and easy read. The problem I had was the great lack of character development. The characters do have some good qualities, but everything is forced and usually unexplained. The romance story in the book is probably one of the worst I have read. It is kind of love at first sight, then too barely talking to one another, then suddenly married. There is very little in between these stages.
The world is full of life and well described. The struggle is real, but it seems that the hero has some of the most amazing gut instincts in the world. Again if I knew more about the character I might of understood more, but I think not. The main character walks in the a village of people that he barley knows to warn of war and ends up the emissary. Also much of the story is too instinctual for the main character. He always finds the power, skills, or words needed "all of a sudden" a few too many times.
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This book has started my science fiction appreciation. And a possible addiction. Thomas Locke was already a favorite author of mine from his other works under the name Davis Bunn. Now i find i am greatly delighted with this new series of his, and eagerly await all coming books, as well as the possiblity of a future movie baised on this book as well.