Character Spotlight: Thomas Locke’s Hyam with a giveaway

Merchant of Alyss


Introducing a gifted teen in

Thomas Locke’s


The Merchant of Alyss



The Story

Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.

When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .

Introducing Hyam

Brief physical description

Hyam is a young man in search of his own identity.  In his case, this just happens to be tied up with wizardry.


Hyam is currently being cast by the film producers, and Zayn Malick – formerly of One Direction – is one of their three prime choices.  This is one of the recent photos I most like, and why I am increasingly comfortable with the idea of them casting someone whose only acting credits so far are in music videos.

And here, for the first time anywhere, is the producer’s first choice to play Joelle:

Her name is Mia Wasikowska, and her most recent starring roles have included Stoker, with Nicole Kidman, and Alice, with Johnny Depp.

Your inspiration for the characters

Normally I have a lot to say about this.  But with the case of Emissary and Alyss, the sequel, I really don’t know.  Truly.  I had this germ of an idea, and it seems like literally within the space of a day I had this visceral bond to people as real as any I have ever me.

Background to the story

I wanted to create a new kind of story for a mainstream reader – one that includes the positive aspects that come from our life walk: courage in the face of hardship. Growth. Change.

With the Legends of the Realm series, I wanted to create the classical, smooth-flowing style of The Hobbit. To me, this has the feel of a Dickens story but reads like today’s thriller. Joining lyrical prose with the speed of a modern read was my primary goal.

In Merchant of Alyss, key themes include courage in the face of fear, travel to unknown destinations, and new personal avenues of growth and development. I’ve tried to bring each of these into a story structure that’s applicable to today’s culture.

During our formative years–up until around age 30–we are reinforcing our world view when we read for entertainment. But much of the fantasy that’s being published today doesn’t offer that sense of courage and inspiration that used to be prevalent in fantasy and science fiction novels.

Of course, not all of the “classic” authors wrote uplifting work. Ray Bradbury is one example. But even Bradbury’s writing gave me a sense of mind-bending escape and the opportunity to dream and envision more than what was available in world around me.

The books I loved most offered hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for growing into someone who could have these sorts of adventures. I don’t want to give in to the temptation of creating characters who are only bitter and cynical. Instead, I want to infuse hopefulness into my characters.

Thanks Thomas (aka Davis)!

Relz Reviewz Extras
Visit Thomas’ website and blog
Buy at Amazon: Merchant of Alyss or Koorong

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share This!

7 Responses to Character Spotlight: Thomas Locke’s Hyam with a giveaway

  1. That through reading I can enter a world that is real in books but not real in life.

  2. In general I don’t read fantasy novels. However, I’ve made an exception with Thomas Locke’s. I like the fact that the world is similar in many ways to the world I live in but has magical aspects that I couldn’t comprehend in our world today.

  3. The Merchant of Alyss is creative and is not the general fantasy you see in many bookstores today. I love stories that have elements of courage, honor, and hope woven into the story which is what this book offers.

  4. This series is absolutely amazing and will resonate with so many fans of LOTR and Narnia. Praying for a wide distribution of books and movies!

  5. I’m not sure why I like fantasy novels, but I’ve enjoyed them since junior high when I discovered Elizabeth Goudge’s “The Little White Horse.” I guess it’s the idea of imagining what life would be like in a different world with different limitations/challenges, etc.

  6. Everything appeals to me. I love the worlds that authors create. I also love the characters, whether good or bad.

  7. I’ve really enjoyed the Legends of the Realm books so far and I’m currently in the middle of reading Merchant of Alyss. I love getting glimpses of the process behind making a movie, so it’s very exciting to me to see who is being considered for Hyam and Joelle in the movie version of Emissary.

    I think Mia Wasikowska looks like an excellent choice for Joelle. I’m not very familiar with her work, but based on looks alone she looks a lot like how I picture Joelle from her description in the books.

    Zayn Malick as Hyam on the other hand… I’m trying so hard not to form judgments when I don’t know much about Zayn as a person, much less an actor, but I have to be honest: Boy band guys leave a bad taste in my mouth. It’s interesting to know that he looks like how Mr. Bunn imagines Hyam, but all I can think of when I see Zayn is the big hoopla I saw on Twitter when he left One Direction. There were fans begging and pleading him to come back, girls posting pictures of themselves crying… It all gave me a bit of a headache. I’m sure whomever is in charge of casting for the movie will choose the person they think will do the best job, and I trust them to do that, but I just have to say, if it was me, Zayn Malick, or really anyone as uber-well known and popular as him would not be my first choice to play a book character. I would just worry that such an actor’s popularity would overshadow the character. And I really like Hyam. I don’t want him to be overshadowed. /end lengthy ramble

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *