Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Cast of Stone by Patrick W. Carr

(The Staff and the Sword)

A Cast of Stone is a well told story. It kept my attention, I hated to stop reading. By reading the blurb about the book I thought Errol Stone would not be a character that I would like.

Errol is a drunk. He only works enough to buy more ale. But on his journey he grew and learned and overcame his problems. He made a lot of friends but also a bunch of enmies along the way. When Errol had the chance to learn new skills in fighting or other subjects he worked to keep improving.

Errol did not know who to trust and why people were trying to kill him. For he was only the town drunk. He also did not know why his friends thought it was so important that he make the trip to the conclave. Every time you thought it was to be his end something saves him. Also when you think he is safe something happens. You never knew where the story was going to take you.

This was full of drama,action,mystery and fantasy. The characters were engaging and I wanted to know more about each of them. Eventhough the book is long I was disappointed when it ended. Hope thier will be another Staff and the Sword book out soon. Just found out that The Hero's Lot is the title of second The Staff and the Sword book coming out summer of 2013. Yeah!

This is the first book that I have read of Patrick W. Carr but it won't be the last one.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give a honest review of it when done by Netgalley.
02/01/2013 PUB Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers 432 pages ISBN-10: 0764210432

Description below taken off Netgalley.com

The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

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.

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