I had not read a good fantasy novel in a long time. I enjoy the genre when it’s done well, and Emissary is done well. It has all the elements of a good fantasy tale. There is a hero who is honorable and steadfast. The hero has a quest that is shrouded in a mystery. There’s an older wizard (okay, not a mandatory element, but one I like) who mentors the hero. And there are clear lines between good and evil. Fantasy that smudges that line won’t work for me.
Hyam begins his journey by honoring his mother’s last request. He discovers a truth about himself that shakes his world. It also requires that he leave his home and everything he’s ever known. Mysterious things start happening to him and around him. He discovers the world is not what he had learned it was. People thought long dead are not. Myth and fact mix together in a confusing array of events that draw Hyam to his ultimate purpose.
Emissary is a very good story with wonderful characters. The only thing I found a bit confusing were parts that lacked clarity, or explanation, of unfolding events. While the mystery aspect is definitely part of the story, I was at times a little frustrated over that lack of clarity.
The end of the book includes the first couple of chapters of the sequel – and I will be reading it when it comes out.