In the beginning, this book reminded me of a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle: not easily put together, but worth the effort. I trust Thomas Locke (Davis Bunn). I know him to be a crafter of amazing stories. And Trial Run is no exception.
As with so many of his other books, the author does a masterful job of developing the personalities of the characters. I could relate to their struggles and fears.
One of my favorite lines: “…my heart says, we have all been drawn together for purposes beyond our wildest dreams.”
This is my first book to read and review in this genre. I found it to be fast paced, with enough twists to keep me interested. And the subject was intriguing. It kept methinking as well as entertained.
Some readers were put off by the “non-ending” to the story. Knowing there was more to come did the opposite for me. I’m ready for more.
I would highly recommend this story and that the reader also consider reading the prequel, Double Edge.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
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!