Saturday, February 7, 2015

Emissary by Thomas Locke

About the Author:
Thomas Locke (pseudonym of Davis Bunn) is an 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 and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.

Thomas's screenplay adaption of Emissary is under development as a feature film with a British production company.

Contact Thomas at

About the Book:
Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land–isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.

But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.

Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden–or face annihilation.

As Hyam's mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he–and the realm–will have a future.

This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.

Margie's Comments: I have one word to describe Emissary by Thomas Locke: Wow! Seriously, I could hardly put the book down. And a couple of weeks later, I’m still processing it all. Thomas Locke, as Davis Bunn, is a master storyteller, and his first book in a “new-to-him-genre”—epic fantasy—is amazing. The characters are well developed, and I love the world the author has created for them. I highly recommend this book to lovers of epic fantasy. Check out the author’s website——to sign up for his newsletter and blog posts that will let you know about upcoming books.  

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