1. Merchant of Alyss #2
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    Merchant of Alyss #2
    Thomas Locke
    Revell / 2016 / Hardcover
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 38 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    merchant of alyss
    June 11, 2019
    trud
    This review was written for NEW! #2: Merchant of Alyss.
    very goid follow up to first book
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    merchant of alyss #2
    March 14, 2018
    deborah7
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for NEW! #2: Merchant of Alyss.
    really enjoyed this one and can not wait for rest of series..
  3. Saint Albans, WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Didn't like at all (legends realm)
    September 27, 2017
    Dyscyple
    Saint Albans, WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for NEW! #2: Merchant of Alyss.
    I found this series to be excruciatingly boring and ridiculous. The writing is bad. The author apparently has an intense aversion to commas. I've read other Davis Bunn books and don't recall disliking them so much. Maybe it's the genre...

    I cannot say that the books are biblically inaccurate, but only because they're not biblical at all--there is nothing in them related to the Christian walk (in fact, I would almost call them UNbiblical)--so I can only give my opinion regarding the story. I found myself simply skipping large sections at a time in both books just to finish. I definitely don't recommend this series.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    June 15, 2016
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for NEW! #2: Merchant of Alyss.
    I've said before that fantasy just isn't my genre of choice. But after reading Merchant of Alyss, I may be changing my mind on that. Thomas Locke has such an engaging writing style that I can't help but be drawn into the story.

    This book (and series) has a little bit of everything so you don't have to be a fantasy lover to enjoy it. There is adventure and intrigue for the suspense lovers. There is a beautiful love story between Hyam and his wife Joelle for all the romantics. And there is also an underlying spiritual element for inspirational fiction lovers.

    Merchant of Alyss is the second book in the Legends of the Realm series. I am supposing that you could read it as a stand-alone novel because things are explained very well without being redundant. But . . . truthfully I have to say that I think I would have been a little bit lost if I hadn't first read Emissary.

    I look forward to reading the next book to see where the story will take these compelling characters next. If you enjoy a great read that will take you to a world yet unknown you should give this series a try.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    This was not an easy read to sit through; the plot was almost non-existent and the writing style rendered the book nearly unreadable!
    April 24, 2016
    Sparrowhawk
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for NEW! #2: Merchant of Alyss.
    Merchant of Alyss had flair but no real substance beyond a decent concept and setting. Simply put, this was not an easy read to sit through. The plot was almost non-existent and the writing style rendered the book nearly unreadable! It just didn't work for me and I don't think I will continue with the series.

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    WHAT I LIKED

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    THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . .

    - My main gripe with Merchant of Alyss was the writing style that just presumed too much of the reader. Its the sort of writing style that demands a strenuous amount of effort and attention in view of the authors semantic choice of words. Not only that, but with the brief descriptions, stunted sentences, and disruptive charge the words simply disappeared making it difficult to grasp any of the characters, their plights, and the plot.

    In response, the sentinel rose from the earth. He hovered above Hyams head, up where his wraithlike form become silhouetted by the sun. Gone was the warrior of old. In its place appeared a great conjured beast, whose outstretched wings bore diamond patters along their leading edges. Talons raked the space between it and Hyam, and a sweeping tail lashed out, mist-like against the stones.

    Then the sentinel returned to the earth and resumed his warrior guise. He motioned once more. Come.

    - The fantastical elements were great to be sure, but most of the book was a massive info dump. The only thing this book has going for itself, truly, is its appealing cover art and a dragon that peppers the plot line; poor dragon, it didnt even get the limelight it deserved. Other than that, theres no real point to the magical elements mentioned in this book and most of the tropes will fly completely over your head because some of the referenced details go without any real explanation.

    - In retrospect, Merchant of Alyss made no real sense to me and I didnt see how it connected with the first book at all ― a dragon haunts Hyams dreams all while trying to convey a subliminal message that was dry and uneventful. There are enchanted scrolls, one in particular, that holds immeasurable power, but I didnt really see this said power evolve as I would have liked. Theres a coming of age side story that didnt really hold my interest and a sappy love story that just was not my cup of tea. This pretty much sums up the plot and as interesting as this may sound, the truth is I simply could not connect with the narrative nor the characters enough to keep me even vaguely amused.

    AFTERTHOUGHTS

    Merchant of Alyss fell short in comparison to other fantasy novels I have read and to say that I was underwhelmed is an understatement, I want the eight hours I spent reading this book back! But thats only wishful thinking. Having said all this, I cant recommend this book or series at all, and I realize that I may just have lost rapport with Revell Publishing in light of this review. Cest la vie.
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