Emissary (Legends of the Realm Book #1) - eBook
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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.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441223067
ISBN-13: 9781441223067
Series: Legends of the Realm

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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 readers 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.

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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. Davis's screenplay adaptation of Emissary is currently under development as a feature film with a British production company. Learn more at www.davisbunn.com.

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  1. Daniel Bosler
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story, but "Christian"...?
    May 16, 2017
    Daniel Bosler
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Emissary, Legends of the Realm Series #1.
    I love the story. It is a great story of self-discovery, and, in the end, self-sacrifice for the good of others.

    Yet there is no reference to Jesus, either literally or allegorically. The book is full of what the Bible describes as witchcraft, and may even (unintentionally) encourage people to seek out the power of witchcraft. The source of Hyam's power has more in common with "the force" in Star Wars than it does with the Cross. [I AM a Star Wars follower, but recognize "the Force" is not the Holy Spirit, but something from Hinduism.] Because of this, I wonder why CBD offers it, and why a Christian writing guild would give it high praise....?

    BUT the morals are CLEAN, and there are certainly Christian values reflected. For those who enjoy fantasy, this is a great book. If you are looking for something that clearly is pointing the reader to Jesus, this is not the book (or series, for that matter).

    I would caution allowing your teenagers to read these books unless they are very firmly rooted and grounded in their faith and solidly devoted to Jesus, lest they perhaps drift away toward New Age thinking.
  2. Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An incredible good versus evil fantasy novel!
    January 26, 2016
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Emissary, Legends of the Realm Series #1.
    Joelle and Hyam are misfits. They dont know where they fit in or who their ancestors are. As such they are very confused and struggling to figure out where they belong and what they should be doing with their lives. They are very well written and their confusion is almost palpable. As bits and pieces are revealed more questions arise with the new information.

    I was drawn into the story from very early on. I wanted to find out what Hyams destiny was as well as his heritage. I couldnt put the book down until the very end.

    I admit that I usually dont care for magic or wizardry in my books. This book is very clearly a story of good versus evil and that is the only way that these aspects are included. This became very evident very early on in the story and I needed to see how it turned out.
  3. LadySnowAngel
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful tale of adventure and mystery
    December 16, 2015
    LadySnowAngel
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Emissary, Legends of the Realm Series #1.
    Emissary is a wonderful tale of adventure and mystery, lots of mystery. I liked Emissary the first time I read it; I loved it the second time. I was drawn in by the multi-layered characters and the unique world Thomas Locke created. With their unusual talents and backgrounds, Hyam, Joelle, Trace, and Gimmit proved highly interesting characters who captured my attention from their first introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment in the Legends of the Realm.

    Im looking forward to reading the next volume in the series, Merchant of Alyss, and the continuation of Hyam and Joelles story.
  4. CTF Devourer
    CTF Devourer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Just Another Fantasy Story
    July 29, 2015
    CTF Devourer
    CTF Devourer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Emissary, Legends of the Realm Series #1.
    T. Davis Bunn is writing as Thomas Locke. Author of some deeply spiritual stories has decided to pursue a different focus. He is telling fantasy stories with little to no spiritual focus. As with so many fantasy stories, there is a struggle of good vs. evil and some powerful allegory that can be drawn out.

    Emissary starts a new series called Legends of the Realm. Not surprisingly there is magic and both good guys and bad guys know how to use it. Not surprisingly, one particular young man is gifted stronger with the magic. And not surprisingly one young girl becomes his companion and support as he uses his magic to fight evil.

    The question though, is whether does this magic come from? Is it a gift from a Creator, a Supreme Being? There is no mention of that. And if they are fighting evil, what makes the other guys evil and these guys good? Some of the ones supposedly helping fight the evil have done some evil things themselves. The young girl that helps the Emissary has apparently been not only kicked out of her home and all but imprisoned within the walls of those who sort of control the magic in the world, but the book even implies that she has been raped. And this all by the good guys! Now, when the main character shows up, he gets mad and holds himself and everyone around him to higher morals. But why? Why should he be any different than the others? Theres no real reason given for it. Its just assumed that right and wrong are obvious even though the guardians of the magic are just as quick to commit evil as the bad guys.

    The book is published by Revell, whos tagline is: practical books that would help bring the Christian faith to every day life. And yet, there is no hint of the Christian faith in this book.

    Heres examples of the content it does have:

    His anger over the way they had treated Joelle needed venting.

    You wish to shift your loyalties? Why? I have witnessed a change to the realm. The wrong people lead us now, and for the wrong reasons. Evil is about, sire. Unnatural forces rule because the rulers let them. You are right, the mage confirmed. And we oppose those forces.

    We do not know what you will face. Only that our success depends on your making this happen.

    But this was not the true problem. Hyam recalled the surge of force rising through him and knew something had been burned away. He felt it like an absent limb. He knew with utter certainty that he would spend the rest of his life reminding himself he had done the right thing, that his sacrifice had been the only route to victory. That his loss was a small price to pay.

    He doesnt want you, the wizard repeated. His voice held the gentle cadence of a tutor instructing a favorite child. Not as all the others h ave wanted and lusted and pressed and threatened. Its not enough for this one to take you. Hes not after a momentary possession. I-I dont understand. No, and you wont until you take the time to discover who you are, and what you want. I know what I want! No, lass, you dont. You think you must offer yourself in order to, what, pay for your keep? Ensure your safety? Make him promise to let you stay? Trace used a stick to push hot coals atop the flat stones surrounding the fire pit. He gives all this to you freely. Is that not so, lad. Hyam took up a second branch, cracked it across his knee, and began scooping out more coals. Heating the stones. The two of you will make a powerful union. The mage pointed his burning stick at her. But only if you first give yourself time to heal. And trust him to wait until you are ready. But in the meantime, you mustnt tempt him anymore. He is, after all, only human.

    Now if this book was set up intentionally as an allegory and had a supreme being who chose Hyam and used him to accomplish His goals of battling the evil and teaching the supposable good guys to pursue righteousness, then this book could have been amazing.

    As is, its just another one. No different than the other fantasy books out there. It has some good points, some bad points. Some of the storyline is well written, some of it is a bit far fetched. Its just plain and simply ordinary. Without a powerful message to share, the author has to rely on their own skills and their own storyline sort of like the character in the story who has no one to rely on except himself and his own skills.

    So if you need another fantasy book to read, go for it. If youre looking for a story of power and life change, there are plenty of others to pursue.

    Now if only T. Davis Bunn could write a fantasy story instead of Thomas Locke! That would probably be on the best fantasy books produced in Christian fiction! How do we convince him to pursue that? :-)
  5. Sheriff
    MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    finished in a day
    June 14, 2015
    Sheriff
    MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Emissary, Legends of the Realm Series #1.
    if i can keep my 17 yr old reading, if its christian, and he come away with asking for book 2, then its a win win for me!
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