Here’s the review I posted on Amazon and Goodreads:
I hate to admit it but I used to be a cross between a literary snob and a fantasy virgin. Emissary was my first venture into the fantasy genre. Somehow I felt stories needed to be based in reality to be worth reading.
I was wrong.
This story by Thomas Locke is described as a “contemporary thriller that harkens back to classic fantasy.” That comparison may make sense to some, but I have nothing to compare it to. What I can say is that it was a thrilling and totally engaging read.
The author does an excellent job of weaving the themes of courage in the face of hardship, growth, and change into this tale. The main character begins this journey not realizing what he will be called upon to do. The fact that he is a reluctant hero makes all the more relatable.
Emissary cast a spell on me and I couldn’t put it down. And I can’t wait to read the next installment.
If I could give this book more stars, I would.
Thank you, Mr. Locke, you made a fantasy convert out of me!