In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly ass... Read More
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.
A Cast of Stones is the first exciting medieval fantasy story in the Staff and the Sword series by author Patrick W. Carr.
Page Count: 432
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 2, 2013
- UPC: 9780764210433
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 429
- Publish Date: Feb 1, 2013
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- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC026000"
- ISBN: 0764210432
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- Carr’s sequel is filled with strong characters, a tightly-woven plot, and lots of suspense. by A worthy sequel - does not disappoint! on 8/1/13
atrick Carr follows his debut novel, A Cast of Stones, with another engaging fantasy in the Staff and the Sword series. In A Cast of Stones, Errol and Liam were deemed vital to the kingdom’s future, but no one knew what role they would play when the king died. Errol thinks his troubles are over when the corrupt church leader, Sarin, flees the kingdom, but Errol still has dangerous enemies to face.
Now in The Hero’s Lot, with enemies attacking Errol more frequently than Liam, Martin and Luis are sent to Errol’s home village to discover what makes Errol so important to the kingdom. When Errol is falsely accused of working with spirits, his punishment is to find Sarin in the kingdom of Merakh and kill him or to die trying. The Hero’s Lot follows both storylines until they intersect. Some answers are discovered, while others are asked. In some ways, Martin’s journey is more interesting than Errol’s mission, but both are vital to the story.
Carr’s sequel is filled with strong characters, a tightly-woven plot, and lots of suspense. Unlike many trilogies where the middle book leaves more questions than answers, The Hero’s Lot answers those questions and yet asks more. It is an edge-of-your-seat epic adventure, with further development in the main characters as the series progresses. As in the earlier book, there is violence but it is not graphic, and there is a romantic development for Errol.
The last book of the series, A Draw of Kings, is expected in 2014. If the first two books are any indication, it will be welcomed by readers who have come to expect a well-written fantasy by Carr.
- Carr’s debut novel is filled with strong characters and a tightly-woven plot. by C R Gehringer on 8/1/13
Patrick Carr makes his debut with an epic fantasy that will engage readers as they venture into the world Carr creates, one on the brink of destruction where adventure awaits a reluctant hero.
In A Cast of Stones, Errol is the village drunk, not the sort of person you expect to do heroic deeds. Errol drowns his sorrows in ale, doing occasional errands to earn enough coin to buy more ale. He is hired by a church messenger to take an official communication to a recluse priest living in a rustic area. A simple delivery becomes deadly as an assassin hunts him down. He scarcely makes it alive to Pater’s home but the letters are too damaged to read. Errol, Pater Martin and Luis hurry to reach the church messenger in the village. They are poisoned from the bread Errol brought from the village. Errol barely manages to get help in time. That’s when their troubles really begin.
Once in the village, the church messenger gives Pater the message verbally. It requests that Pater travel to Erinon to meet with the others to cast the stones for the king’s successor. But they face danger along the way. Errol discovers he can read the stones Luis casts. His new talent requires him to serve the church as a reader. Errol gives up his taste for ale, learns to read and fight, as he journeys to his new life. But someone is killing the readers in the church.
Carr’s debut novel is filled with strong characters and a tightly-woven plot. Errol’s story continues in The Hero’s Lot (summer 2013).
- The development of character is assuredly gripping as the story continues unexpectedly from one realm to another of the kingdom ~ facing truth ~ facing victory. Your attention and interest will be held and ready for The Hero's Lot. by Kathleen E. on 4/5/13
Friday, April 5, 2013
A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr, ©2013
Travel along as their journey begins ~ or ends somewhere in between. It calls for an extra special gift bestowed upon him, invaluable to the outcome of the quest.
Danger mounts as a dynasty nears its end...
And an unlikely hero embarks on a perilous quest to save his kingdom.
You are in for an adventure!
A New Medieval Fantasy from Patrick Carr ~A Cast of Stones~ The Staff & The Sword series, available in both E-Book ISBN 9781441261021 and Paperback ISBN 9780764210433, 432 pages.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, incidents, and dialogues are products of the author's imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones
The Staff and The Sword; Book One
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty nears its end and the selection of the new king begins--but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.
Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at patrickwcarr.com.
An Epic Medieval Fantasy Saga
Errol Stone, the main character in The Staff and the Sword, may seem an unlikely hero at first glance. But, says Carr,
“I believe we all hold within ourselves the capacity, not only for evil, but for great nobility. This theme stretches across all three volumes of the trilogy.”
In A Cast of Stones, Errol is forced to develop new depths when he is thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue, church machinations, and the unrest surrounding the selection of a new king.
With a successful blending of high action and a spiritual quest, A Cast of Stones is the thrilling tale of an unconventional band of men trying desperately to save their kingdom.
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As I am almost exclusively a Historical Fiction Reviewer, here we go with a Fantasy ~ new to me!
I am diving in because I have enjoyed reading the promos for this novel. Especially, since I am half-Irish Kathleen and there is a castle on the cover!
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
I am amazed at Errol's prowess in dodging impending doom on all sides. He delivers a letter packet with the messages obliterated before arrival. Being consumed by poison while on the return trail, advancement is stopped only by quick thinking and seeking help where he knows he will find it. He begins to reach out because of physical need and ends being the guide himself to avoid peril on the journey he would never have imagined in his safe narrow world.
Anya ~*~ She smiled, her blue eyes gleaming beneath flaxen hair. She resembled her father the way a beautiful sculpture resembled the slab of marble from which it would be carved.
--A Cast of Stones, 58
Is that beautiful prose or what! Description of an indeed charming Irish lass for sure. Errol has gone ahead of his two traveling companions to secure lodging from the innkeeper, Anya's father. Errol is well-known; his reputation has gone before him. Ale being more important to him than the means to pay. His travelers whisk him away to another sleeping place to remove his imbibing.
Did you notice the mention of assassins following to attack? Errol slimly escaped being killed on his first trip and now on the return road, he doesn't fare much better! Fortunately, for him, he is rescued. He is not certain what his role is; is it the company he is with that is bringing his slow demise?
"Why do I have to go? Why would you even want me to go? I can't ride. I don't know anything about fighting." He waved toward Cruk, who sat in his chair like a giant sack of grain. "Ask him. The only things I know how to do are gather herbs and drink."
Prerequisites, you ask? Or qualifying the qualified?
Daybreak. What had he gotten himself into? Why did people insist on starting journeys before the sun got warm? It couldn't be healthy.
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Thank you to author Patrick W. Carr for sending a copy of A Cast of Stones ~ The Staff & The Sword series, to review in my own words. The development of character is assuredly gripping as the story continues unexpectedly from one realm to another of the kingdom ~ facing truth ~ facing victory. Your attention and interest will be held and ready for The Hero's Lot.
The Staff and The Sword; Book Two
The Hero's Lot
Available July 2013
- Great Medieval Fantasy by RethaGroenewald on 2/23/13
Thankfully when I turned the last page, I realized A Cast of Stones is the first in a series –there is more to come!
Errol Stone, the village drunk, takes a message to a hermit priest in the hills. His motivation was the coin he would receive for his effort. Instead of returning before nightfall with enough money to stay drunk for a week, he is hunted by an assassin on route and almost killed before he could deliver the message.
Errol’s life changes drastically when he has no option but to flee for his life, and join the quest that changes, not only his life, but the fate of the kingdom.
A Cast of Stones is a glorious fantasy story with plots twisting in directions you do not expect; the most unlikely become heroes, the villains are devious and tricky, then there are the priests, the guards and of course the king. There is enough danger and twists to keep you on edge, and enough wisdom to keep your hopes up.
I highly recommend A Cast of Stones. A Cast of Stones is a great book to read by all fantasy lovers. I invite those who do not care for the fantasy genre, but enjoy a good plot and like to dream of heroes, to put your toes into the water and to read A Cast of Stones.
The message I received from A Cast of Stones is –you are born with the calling God has placed on your life. No circumstances and no enemy will take your calling away. The enemy or circumstances can divert you from your chosen path, but it cannot destroy the calling.
Baker Publishing House Group / Bethany House Publishers as part of their media review bloggers program provided this eBook to me for free in exchange for this honest review.
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