Book Review : Merchant of Alyss

Every so often I find a free ebook.  I started with Captive by Thomas Locke.

Then after getting hooked myself, and my boys all begging for me to get the next book I knew this was a series we would get pulled into.  So next was The Emissary (which is 4.99 for the kindle book) and we all loved it!!  A great allegorical fantasy fiction story.  We loved the different people groups, the alternative world, and the characters.


Next I was offered The Merchant of Alyss – and I grabbed that book immediately!!  We all waited anxiously for it to arrive, knowing there would be a rush for the first to read it!!

I insisted that I get to finish before anyone else can touch it.  I loved going back with Hyam and Joelle.  I was excited to find out what was going on and what was to come.  The characters from The Emissary were there, as well as a few new characters brought into the story.  There is a new battle raging and Hyam must figure things out as well as wage war himself.  Figuring out who is good and safe and who is a threat is a major part of this story.

These stories are a bit similar to the Lord of the Rings style of storytelling.  If you enjoyed Tolkien’s books I suspect you will love these too.  The characters are strong and real and deep.  The scenery is described in such detail that I can imagine it in my mind right now.

In case you did not know, Thomas Locke is the pen name for Davis Bunn.  So if you have enjoyed any books by Davis Bunn I suspect you will enjoy these as well.

My boys have read and reread these books – the really love them.  They are safe for young adult readers, but there are some intense situations and there is a clear good vs. evil.

I highly recommend this book : The Merchant of Alyss as well as The Emissary and The Captive!

NOTE: I received The Merchant of Alyss in exchange for an honest review by Revell.

About the book

Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.

When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .

About the Author

Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total world-wide 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, the University of Oxford. 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


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