Thomas Locke is a pseudonym used by David Bunn. Books authored by Locke fit in the genre epic fantasy or techno thrillers. I received a complimentary copy of The Golden Vial – Legends of the Realm Book #3 to review. This book meets your expectations for an epic fantasy. Battle lines are drawn and the forces of good build alliances to defeat the evil. As the quest to preserve the current world order unfolds, readers will meet wizards, mages, elves, and more. On one hand, it may seem different for a Christian publishing company to present a book with wizards and sorcery. But there are elements that mirror the plot details of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It’s imaginative and fast paced. Thomas Locke writes with flair and great word choice.
If you’re a fan of strategy, you’ll appreciate the quote, “No matter how wise a leader might be, good fortune must still play a role.”
Readers will find the main character Dally’s story compelling. At one point, these words are repeated to her, “You have a good heart, young lady. It will take you far.” Dally has a far-seeing ability that drives the plot in multiple instances.
In the tradition other noteworthy epic fantasy books, the setting is all important. A map helps readers visualize the layout of the Realms. Fans of this genre will be pleased with the plot, strong characters, and fantasy elements.