Once again Davis Bunn has challenged my preconceived notions about a specific genre. I enjoyed his book, The Pilgrim, so I wanted to follow up with The Fragment. Prior to reading these books, I was quick to stay away from Historical Fiction. But Mr. Dunn does his homework and I don’t feel like I’m studying a history lesson or wonder if that’s how it really was. As is typical of this author, I dive into the story, get lost in the characters, and only come up for air when I have to.
I especially like the strength of the story’s leading woman, Muriel. She’s intelligent without being arrogant or pretentious. She is educated and real, and remains true to the convictions of her faith.
As for the villain…I sure didn’t see that coming!
If I have any complaints about this story it is that it ended too quickly and too soon.
When I reviewed this book on Amazon, I was stumped for a title. Then it came to me: No Fragments Here–This One is the Whole Package. And it is. I so thoroughly enjoyed the characters, I really do hope there’s more about them in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I love reading. I’m a bookaholic.
It’s even better when I know the author, have met the author, or have just heard them speak. I love hearing their voice while I read.
So, let me introduce you to Mike Dellosso. Here’s a wonderful interview done by The Darlington Society.
I’ve had the privilege of connecting with Mike and participating in The Darlington Society–what an amazing, encouraging, and enthusiastic group of people.
Now that you have “met” Mike, I hope you will consider reading his books. The most recent being Centralia. It’s an action-packed thriller that had me guessing the whole way.
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!