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The Golden Vial

(Legends of the Realm #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Lady Shona, the newly crowned queen of the realm, is a leader without a throne. Pursued relentlessly by a dark force, her small contingent of loyal followers must make a difficult choice—flee or fight. Determined to save her land from nefarious threats, Lady Shona decides that she must seek out the enemy and attack them head on—a strategy that leads back to the region of t ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-reads
Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book.
When first starting this book, I did not realise that it was part of a series that I actually never read. I had no idea what was going on and who the characters were. This could explain my low rating.
I really struggle getting engaged with the story and getting attached to the characters.
I found the plot very slow and it started to drag after a couple of chapters.
The book was also relatively short so it felt really rushed and there was not much room fo
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Publishing Date: March 2018

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800723873

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.5/5

Publisher’s Description: Lady Shona, the newly crowned queen of the realm, is a leader without a throne. Pursued relentlessly by a dark force, her small contingent of loyal followers must make a difficult choice–flee or fight. Determined to save her land from nefarious threats, Lady Shona decides that she must seek out the enemy and attack them head on–a strategy that leads back to the region of the Three V
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book definitely satisfies the question of what happens next in the series, as that over-arching plot is decidedly the focus of the book. I just found myself wanting more than the plot had time to allow.

The beginning (really, the whole book) felt very rushed. I think it would have been better to take time to develop the the main character a bit more before thrusting her into the heart of the action. Even though I've read the first two books of the series (absolutely necessary for this one to
Jennifer Wyse
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not really much of a fantasy reader. But I have been reading the Legends of the Realm from the first book, so I was interested in how the series would end, especially since the second book left off with a lot unresolved and beloved characters’ lives hanging in the balance. We do get a glimpse of what had happened to Hiram and Shona is communicating with a young orphan girl by the name of Dally. Dally is a special person who lives a sort of Cinderella life, but she keeps her spirits up by re ...more
Virginia Winfield
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy fantasies with elves, humans and dragons you will so enjoy this book. This is Book three in the Legends of the Realm series. You don’t have to read books 1 and 2 to understand this one but if they are as good as this one then you should read them. Dally is a wonderful character who is full of magic that she doesn’t understand. She helps to save this world. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe I'm a little bored with the fantasy genre. Maybe it was the overall pace of the book. I don't know. But for whatever reason, this book was really just OK. It was a good conclusion to the series. But I didn't enjoy it the same way that I did book 1 in the series. Daly was an interesting character though. There were times when I was reading it that I felt her character could have been made a bit more in depth.

Overall, it was ok.

I received a copy from Revell for the purpose of reviewing. My
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
"The Golden Vial" is the third book in Thomas Locke's "Legends of the Realm" series. These books are very closely interconnected, so if you're thinking about reading this book without reading the other two, it probably wouldn't be the best idea. You won't know who half the people are, and you definitely won't understand what's been going on. I will do my best to keep the biggest spoilers for this book's and the previous book's plot secret or in spoiler code, but will still need to discuss *some* ...more
Debbie Phillips
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone - High School to Adult
Loved it, loved it so much.
Book 3 in the Legends of the Realm series. I read book 1 in early 2015 and book 2 in early 2016.

I highly recommend you read Thomas Locke's answer to this question. Open this link in a new tab so you don't loose the rest of my review... come back and finish reading here... Where did you get the idea for your most recent book? His most recent book happens to be "The Golden Vial". His answer is the reason why he has had so much success as a writer and especially with his
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I went into this completely blind and also not realizing that it is the third in a series. I received it as an early arc for review. My rating could very well change after I get my hands on the first 2 books. I wish to know more of the characters and because I started in the middle of the story I don't know anything about them. Apart from that the writing us good and the flow is great and I think once i get the other books I will understand the world much better and I feel it will be beautiful.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Golden Vial is the third installment to the Legends of the Realm series by Thomas Locke. It continues the quest of Hyam and company to rid their land of the evil that has come upon it by adding new characters and letting go of others. While I don’t want to say who, for fear of giving too much of the story away, one main character in particular will be greatly missed, not only by Hyam but by those of us who have read the other two books in this series. I was not expecting this turn of events ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, fantasy
Legends of the Realm by Thomas Locke

My rating is 4.5 Stars

This was my favorite book of the trilogy and had my favorite characters, Dally and Connell.
Dally has a way of communicating with the wolfhounds that her master, the Mayor raises. She also has giftings of magery and “seeing” that have been hidden to those around her. The villagers have always shunned and feared her. Never having seen herself in a mirror and only judging her appearance by the reactions of those around her, she assumes she i
Jessica Higgins
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The battle for the realm continues brining in some new characters to freshen up the story.

Darkness has settled over the Three Valleys area, cutting off the towns from the outside world. Little by little the darkness squeezes the area in closer. The townspeople have started to ignore the threat and accepted that it was always this way. There is one that has not. Dally’s entire family was killed by the dark force and she was left orphaned and taken in by the town mayor. She hasn’t gotten along wel
Steve Hilton
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;”.
William Shakespeare,
Romeo and Juliet

Perhaps that’s a question that one should ask of Dally . . . orphaned by a fire that had robbed her of father, mother, and three brothers; serving in the kitchen of the Mayor of Honor under the cruel ministrations of Krim, his wife; and yet possessed of gifts far beyond the scope of normal humans. Magic came naturally to Dally, and her abilities in far-seeing were kept to he
Benjamin Liles
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-book-reviews
The Golden Vial is the latest in the Thomas Locke series Legends of the Realm. Where book one, The Emissary, introduces us to Hyam and his company of friends including his wife, and weaves a continuing story of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice in book two--Merchant of Alyss--we see that book three, Golden Vial focuses solely on a new character.

I may not have said it about book two, Merchant of Alyss, but Lady Shona makes an appearance and she's not yet a queen. But in this latest installment
Annette Vellenga
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't recall reading a book by Thomas Locke before, but The Golden Vial gives me a good feel for his work and causes me to want to read more.

I found the Golden Vial to be a book that drew me in. I wanted to know more about Dally and the enemy she and the land faced. BUT I found the book too fast-paced. Let me explain what I mean. The book moved at a good pace but I found that I wanted it to slow down and develop the characters a bit more and answer the questions I had.

It seemed like it was alw
Christian Fiction Addiction
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up "The Golden Vial" planning to read just a chapter or two to get a foretaste of what was to come, but hours later found myself unmoved from my position on the couch, unable to step away from the tale of Dally and her amazing abilities. Locke's writing is spot-on, immersing you in a world both similar and foreign to our own. Although the characters' magical abilities may only exist in the realm of fantasy, their struggles and doubts and trials will awaken your sympathies as you relate ...more
Deb Haggerty
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deb’s Dozen: An untested mage, a new queen, an old evil. Survival in jeopardy.

The Golden Vial, the third book in Thomas Locke’s Legends of the Realm fantasy series demonstrates Locke has his groove back. The first book, Emissary, I loved; the second book, Merchant of Alyss, I hated; this third book, I love.

Evil is still abroad in the land. Hyam is mourning the death of his wife, Noelle, and seems to be afflicted with a wasting sickness. The new queen, Shona, has arrived at the Three Valleys wher
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Golden Vial
Legends of the Realm #3
By Thomas Locke

Something is coming to the Three Valleys and Dally is able to sense it. Orphaned when the fiends attacked her home killing her parents and brothers, Dally has always been isolated in her home village. But her long-held secret gift is what may save the realm from the ancient evil that has decided to return.

Hyam has succumbed to an illness that none knows how to treat or even slow. And unless action is soon undertaken Hyam will soon die and the
V. Palmer
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Golden Vial will devastate and enchant you, and this epic story of good versus evil is absolutely a book worth reading! Thomas Locke's lyrical prose will suck you into this world quicker than you can turn the first page. Trust me.

Something happened... We'll call it an event because I don't want to give away any spoilers. An event occurred in The Golden Vial that devastated me, and I will NEVER get over it!!! Why? I have my reasons. ;-) The story ends with one of the cunningly crafty endings
Edward Arrington
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Thomas Locke has drawn me into fantasy land with his third book in the Legends of the Realm series. I find it interesting that I can get so caught up in a story like this even though I never recall going into a bookstore or library looking for a fantasy to read. Whether it is a diversion from my normal reading habits or something else altogether, I discover after starting that I don’t want to put the book down. In this case, something about an orphan girl who has a special bond with t ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The Golden Vial is the third book in the Legends Of The Realm series by Thomas Locke. In this fantasy realm of mages, elves, and dragons, we find a young girl who must learn to trust herself and those around her in order to fight back a vast and unseen evil that is attempting to overtake the realm.

While the story itself is deeply intriguing, I found it hard to keep up with - the story jumps rapidly from one scene to another, without much of an intermission between important events and occurrence
Stephanie Herron
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the ‘Legends of the Realm’ series by Thomas Locke, ‘The Golden Vial’ was definitely worth the wait. Interestingly the main characters from the previous two books appear more in the role of supporting characters in this one, and a new character, Dally, takes center stage. Nevertheless this story is strongly tied to the previous ones and also brings one of the main characters, Hyam, full circle (in terms of location), back to the place where he started from in the f
Anne Rightler
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow. I read The Golden Vial in one sitting. I admit I got up a few times but what a story. When it came in the mail, I just grinned and couldn't wait to read it. I was not disappointed. Locke does an amazing job of continuing the Legends of the Realm series with descriptive prose, action-packed scenes, compelling characters, and just a hint of a romance too. The story moves quickly with quests and battles, wizards and fiends, a magic dragon and a renegade elf. And most captivating of a ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

With the realm under threat and an ailment sweeping the land, the last remaining hope may come from an unlikely source--a young, orphaned servant with untested and untrained abilities.

My Review:

It doesn't come much as a surprise to the leading characters that their village is under constant threats and attacks by something that can only be equal to and equated with evil. It is something that is threatening the world around them so strongly that it maybe believed to be behind Hyam
Margaret Nelson
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're like me, and you read the second book in the Legends of the Realm series, The Merchant of Alyss, a whole year ago, then I highly recommend you do as I did – re-read The Merchant of Alyss first before starting in on the Golden Vial. That way you'll remember who the main characters are and what all has happened. (If you've never read the first one, Emissary, or the second, you must read those first to make any sense of the world you've suddenly dropped into. If you did read Emissary befo ...more
Phillip Cole
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After losing her family, all Dally knows is servitude and fear. Then, she is contacted by Queen Shona and given the opportunity to save her hometown, Hyam, and the country. All she has to do is find The Golden Vial.

This is a fantasy book, but there are several points that can be taken from it. Dally must rise above her past and face her calling. This also means that she has to shake off the fear that has been holding her back from using her abilities, and from trusting others. She has to endure
Erica Nicole Pait
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the third in a series and while I started here, I think the enjoyment would have been better if I had started at the very beginning. This book, well, it reminds me of the Lord of the Rings stories, not necessarily in plot so much as in the characters. To be honest, at first it kind of freaked me out a little. I enjoyed the book, but I don't know that it is necessarily the series for me. I oved the characters and the storyline, but there was really too high of a dose of spells and wh ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Has this series changed from a trilogy to a quadrology? The only reason I ask is because the book ends kind of oddly for the ending of a series, but that may be more of a desire to spend more time with Dally, Connell, Hyam, Queen Shona, Alembord, Meda, and the rest of the cast of characters in Thomas Locke's Legends of the Realm series.

Locke's THE GOLDEN VIAL may not be specifically marketed as a Christian novel or a novel speaking directly to current events yet I had the distinct impression tha
Anne Rogers
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this series when I started reading Emissary, the first in the series. The Golden Vial is just as good a read.

Dally is a young orphan girl, who is the servant of Norvin, the mayor of the village of Honor, and his prickly wife Krim. But Dally has a strange affinity with the huge Wolfhound dogs Norvin breeds. She can see through their eyes, and communicate with those far away.

Before long, an army is camped just outside Honor, and Dally's abilities are no longer secret. Her use of
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Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford Univ

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Legends of the Realm (3 books)
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