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Locked (Telluric Realm #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
A curse threatens the Winter Kingdom.
A brother is turned to ice.
A rebel uprising is on the horizon.

Marble-maker Rye Cunnings is at the center of it all—and doesn’t know it.

He doesn’t know he’s the lost summer prince. Doesn’t know his blood can unlock Winter’s curse. Doesn’t know why the marbles he makes flutter with magic. All he thinks is that he’s crazy. That he sees thi
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published April 26th 2016
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4 Stars

There is nothing I enjoy more in my reading than a uniquely imagined fantasy story. In Locked, Anyta Sunday has created a truly original world, full of great characters, political intrigue, fascinating magical elements, and let’s not forget, DRAGONS!

As is often the case when reading fantasy fiction, it took me a while to become comfortable with the innovative terminology and the complex histories and various lore's of the Telluric Realm, but once I got into the groove of things and start
☆ Todd
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Bottom line is that young marble shop owner, Rye, thinks he's crazy. Madly so. He sees glowing marks under his skin, wakes up disoriented and bleeding in the same graveyard from time to time, plus, he sees dragons for Christ's sake.

Then when an oddly-dressed man, Cerdic, shows up at his shop and offers to help him find and save his kidnapped friend, Milo, Rye reluctantly agrees to accompany his latest imaginary friend on an adventure through a portal.

But neither the man nor his home, the Telluri
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Just another reminder why fantasy isn't for me. I had the HARDEST time with this one.
Anyta Sunday
Apr 15, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote-myself
Another Edit: link to Telluric Realm companion website!
ETA map. (below)

The dragons and magical kind, with shifting points-of-view, good and bad (and ambivalent) guys, and dollops of slow-burning romance! And a map, too! :P (see below)

This story sprang from an idea planted by the lovely Mandy at the UK Meet two years ago and it's since grown from planned short story to full length trilogy. Locked is book one (book two is in planning stages with a hopeful end-of-year release). It's a
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

For lovers of fantasy, shifters, legends, and magic, this is a total no brainer. Dense with the details, Sunday doesn't disappoint on the world building - because that's what this is - a reimagined world that lives alongside us, keeping humankind safe.

I liken this to having the same feel as Game of Thrones, where "battlelines" so to speak are drawn, are assumed to be straightforward and well delineated. Of course, that's not the case. Those that shouldn't be friends, are. Those that sho
Need to have a think about a review and final rating, but I'm thinking a 4 stars for the moment.

I really liked this - interesting fantasy world and very likeable characters. At times it felt like a mix of fae/faery realms type fantasy with the seasons, and then some elements of harry potter! Out of all the main characters my favourite has to be Cerdic, I loved him - probably because he desperately wants to do the right thing and is kind of awkward, oh and yeah, maybe because he is a DRAGON!! :)

Karen Wellsbury
I was so excited to read this, the blurb, the cover, the author. Despite initial resistance to fantasy, it's been the most consistently good genre that I have read. And I veered between really liking this book, and being really frustrated with it.

Conversations with Fra went along the lines of: 'Didn't that happen in Book X' ? - 'how many times has the word marbles been used ?' to tittering like 12 year olds over 'his staff was hard between them' to at about 75% 'this is exciting' (admitted that
Apr 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
Just looked up agonising in the dictionary. It said:

undergo great mental anguish, example: Waiting 11 days for a book by a favourite to be released.

'Nuff said, right??

(view spoiler)
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

3 stars for the slow beginning and 4 stars for the second half. Interesting fantasy low on the romance but with some nicely developing plots. My curiosity is peaked.

Looking forward to the next book.
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-love
I love me some Anyta Sunday. This one was good. Interesting. So many players,
So much politics.

When the hell is book 2 coming!

Alicia Nordwell
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
So it's been quite a few years since I was heavy into fantasy. I enjoy it, but my convoluted plot reading skills have rusted. I had a hard time getting into Locked in the beginning, switching from what read as contemporary to fantasy to some mix of the two... but in no way like I was expecting. By the time I reached the ending scenes of the book I couldn't read fast enough and I'd sequestered myself in a room and hushed my children as they interrupted me, begging for just a few more minutes to b ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, lgbtq
I forgot to write this review when I finished the book so now my memory and feeling are a bit fuzzy but.. I was expecting more from this book.

It has great potential but it has all really fast, not enough description and the some of the characters personalities are a bit unclear... It left... Strange, I don't know.

It was not what I was expecting and no sexy-sexy times.

I really just wanted for things to get more developed. The characters, the places, the stories.... everything happened so fast a
BR with the lady Karen
So. uhm, I really was looking forward reading this. The cover drew me in and I liked the sound of the blurb and I did quite enjoy this author's other work I read.
Unfortunately this didn't work for me: the premises is interesting but frankly not a whole lot of original.
I read with Karen and most of our conversations where about how a character and a situation reminded us of other characters and situations.
It was altogether entertaining, I mean there's so much mentioning of
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent fantasy adventure with dragons, political intrigue, and violence. There's almost no sex and only a small amount of romance. Poor Rye is haunted by nightmares, is constantly used as a pawn, and is often betrayed. I just wanted to give him a hug. The other characters are well-developed.
I just did not want this one to end. Luckily there will be a sequel.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
So the other day I read See You and quite predictably ended up ugly crying at the end. While the book was excellent I try to limit my ugly crying so was looking for something happier. But everything I picked just fell flat after something so moving. I ended up whinging to a GR friend that I needed either another Anyta Sunday book or some porn-free dragons. He suggested this lovely little tale. Thank you Todd! It really hit the spot.

I try to judge books based on whatever category I mentally slot
Joyfully Jay
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This book is a truly well written fantasy tale. There are so many twists and turns, all beautifully laid out and wonderfully nuanced. I enjoyed this story a great deal, and was riveted to the pages. There were few moments where I wanted more, and ultimately finished this book satisfied and ready for more.

I have to classify this book as a fantasy tale with romantic elements but oh, does it work here. I’ll start off the bat by saying that I wanted more of the romanc
Original Blog Post: Review Request: Locked (Telluric Realm #1) by Anyta Sunday

Locked is a well-crafted piece of art from the cover to the map of the world Anyta Sunday has so meticulously crafted. This is a new world for me so I knew I had to spend my time taking care to read each carefully written word. Not to nit-pick but to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Locked is a well-crafted piece of art from the cover to the map of the world Anyta Sunday has so meticulously crafted. This is a new world
The Novel Approach Reviews
Rye is a square peg in the round hole that is the common world. He owns a marble shop in which he crafts the orbs that seem to hold mystical properties; although, he can’t explain why. Nor can he explain why his dreams leave him shaken and confused…and scarred by strange shapes cut into his flesh. Rye is a bit of a loner, his only friend being a guy named Milo, whom we don’t get to know much about before he’s snatched from the street by a dragon—right before Rye’s disbelieving eyes—and thus prop ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read, reviewed
***4.5 Rating***

This is my first book by Anyta Sunday. I loved all the Magic, Dragons, Drama, Love, and War in the Telluric Realm.

Rye and Cerdic are the main characters, but the story follows several Telluric people and is told in multiple points of views. I absolutely loved the different story lines and how they came together.

Cerdic, who is a faithful warrior and never turns down or questions a mission is ordered by Prince Drake of the Winter Royal family in the Telluric Realm to bring Rye to
2.75 Stars rounded up. If not for being a reading challenge I probably would have DNF'd several times. I had a hard time relating to the characters and the world building seemed to be "You figure it out". I'm still not sure what century the "commons world" (being real world) was in. There were cars but then also a guy making a living in the modern era(?) hand making marbles? (Of course they turn out to be "magic marbles" (sort of).

"Keys" are sort of spells that have to be cut into a substance (i
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april2016reads
This is a story of fantasy. Anyta opens your mind to a magical & mystical place in this book. I spent most of this book in awe of the descriptions and creativity.

It's suspenseful, entertaining, and frustrating. It kind of leaves you in limbo awaiting book 2, not a huge cliffy if that's what you're worried about. More like happily ever after, for now. But, it ended with me feeling quite satisfied.

It is a long book and for the most part it flowed beautifully. Only a little draggy but picks ri
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, magic, shifter
While I liked the premise of the story, the overall execution ruined it for me. Maybe it was due to the fact I wasn't in the mood to even try and keep all the characters, factions, and POVs straight, but the story was a jumbled mess of too many characters without firm introductions and constant jumping between different characters' POV.

Total POV changes: 82
Average # POV changes per chapter: 3
Average # pages per POV change: 4
# POV changes by character:
- Rye: 32
- Drake: 19
- Cerdic: 18
- Kaitlyn: 13
Suki Fleet
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, snuggles, 2016
I really enjoy Anyta's style of writing, and all the details about the Telluric realm are intriguing!

My only reservation: (view spoiler)

I'm really looking forward to reading more about Milo (and Drake) and Kaitlyn and Alyssa!

(Also, I adore the blurb)
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Great book! Loved the amazing fantasy world created by the author. The dragons were just brilliant! Can't wait for the nest in the series.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Reviewed on The Blogger Girls

4.5 stars

I don’t want to give much detail into this story so what I will say is it’s about Rye, who just finds out from Cerdic that he’s part of this other realm where pretty much his only friend, Milo, has been taken. He’s determined to find Milo and then go home. Unfortunately, once he gets to the Telluric Realm he finds out a ton of things about not just his heritage but himself. Just when he thinks he’s finally found a home, though, he’s betrayed by the only pers
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love fantasy and I love MM. Combine the two and (if it's not really awful) I'll definitely like it.
It was so different from any other Anyta Sunday books I've read so far and the world-building was fantastic. I didn't know about the website (I kind of wish I had), so I had some trouble getting into things. I also wasn't quite sure how exactly to picture the gouging staff, so the descriptions on the website definitely would have helped a lot. But that's pretty much the only negative point I have
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not interesting

This book is a prime example of why too many twists and turns make a messy read instead of whatever the author thinks it makes. There is a mandatory incarcerated anti-hero with a sob story who is also a would be revolutionary who is fighting for the peasants, a minion (who in true mega serial fashion will turn out to be his long lost son, mark my words) who is pulling all the threads, a cold fish of a spoilt out classed prince who wants to win and lots of puppets. All others inclu
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The world building was well done and there were a lot of original ideas that built on classic fairytale tropes. Also, I'm def going through a dragon phase right now so that just added to it. It's a little dark and not everything ends up all happy-yay-awesome and there's a cliffhanger (which I'm really not happy about) but I liked Rye and Cerdic and will definitely read the rest of this series.
Jessica James
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
***4.5 STARS***
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little lost, a little found.
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