A Cast of Stones, The Staff and the Sword Series #1
Solid writing, but I don't trust his theology.
Patrick Carr has created a magnificent storyworld in A Cast of Stones. His characters too are diverse and realistic. The hero experiences a great deal of growth throughout the novel and the plot rarely slows. I will read the sequels if my library does get the next two in.
But I did have a problem with the casting of the lots. Now, I do l know of the lot casting in the old testament to determine the will of God, but what is done in this world looks a lot more like divination to me, which is highly forbidden. The characters making the lots don't focus themselves on God or his will when crafting, frankly I can hardly see where he enters the casting at all. And if God were controlling the lots, shouldn't the cast always be right the first time as God is always right? But instead the casters have to cast dozens of times to make sure it's correct.
Doesn't sound like God does it? If it wasn't for this massive issue I would have rated the book much higher. But The Cast of Stones just feels too wrong to be right.
March 2, 2014
Title: A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword book 1)
Author: Patrick W. Carr
My Rating: 5/5
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book to read it. What I found was a delightful surprise. With an entirely unique spin to the typical story of kings, adventure, sword fights, and quests, this book grabbed my attention and had me hooked to the very end.
Errol Stone has no idea of the amazing talent and potential that he possesses. He sees himself as almost anyone else does. As a drunk. However, when someone offers to pay him for delivering a message, he quickly accepts, thinking that the money would help him to purchase more ale. What follows this seemingly simple task is an unforgettable, and unpredictable adventure that will change his heart, and his destiny.
I absolutely loved the setting of this book. Carr did an excellent job at painting a vivid picture of ErrolÃ¢ÂÂs surroundings that helped me to become much more engaged in the plot. The time and culture in which this story occurs drew me in quickly and easily. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the way in which ErrolÃ¢ÂÂs character matures, changes and learns throughout the book. This made him seem so much more real and believable. I soon became very attached to his character, and found myself rejoicing in his victories and grieving over his trials.
My only negative remark in regards to this otherwise wonderful masterpiece would be that at times I felt that particular characters entered and left the story far too quickly, leaving little time for them to truly become developed or contribute much to the plot. I found myself waiting for them to somehow be worked back into the story, thinking that they had left far too abruptly, but they never did. However, this is only the first book in the series, so perhaps Carr plans to reunite the characters in a later book.
Over all, I would say that this creative, engaging and wonderfully written book is one that I would most definitely recommend, and greatly enjoyed!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.
February 19, 2014
This book was fabulous, great for "Men" and women, I had to get the next book which is just as riveting.
March 10, 2014
Great for teen readers
I bought this for my 16 year old. He read it in a few days and really wants book 2!
January 10, 2014