A CAST OF STONES by Patrick W. Carr is an interesting inspirational Fantasy/Science Fiction (Medieval) set in a world known as Callowford. #1 in "The Staff & the Sword. What a wonderful debut for this author. "A Cast of Stones" starts off with a bang and continues to the riveting end. Errol Stone is the town drunk,who volunteers to deliver a message and finds all kinds of trouble,from an assassin to regaining his faith to a struggle for survival to finding his destiny. With a cast of characters who are rich,and engaging to his plot of danger,and an imaginative world you will not go wrong with "A Cast of Stones". They are on a quest that may change the fate of a Kingdom. I would recommend this title,for readers of Fantasy,the Science Fiction genre and those who enjoy an adventure of epic proportions. An enjoyable read! I hope to read the next installment. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I had very high hopes for A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr. I wasn't disappointed. Sometimes a book comes along that you didn't know you were waiting for until you read it, and somehow your world is more complete. A Cast of Stones is one of those books. A fresh fantasy concept, an intriguing cast of characters, and one of the best-written anti-heroes I've ever run across make A Cast of Stones a true delight to read. 6 stars!!!
I'm not sure this book is one I would have picked up in a bookstore. On a whim I requested it for review and am thankful I did.
The Staff and the Sword: A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr is a medieval fantasy that had me hooked from the first pages. The main character is so very human, his struggles are so much like our own - of his (and our) own making, and his depth of character is surprising. There are many twists and turns in the story and I struggled along with the main character about who to trust.
While not a big fantasy fan, this one was perfect! There was not too much "fantasy" and a whole lot of medieval - a great balance. The church has too much power, the kingdom hangs in the balance and the battle for power takes a toll on the people. The stones and a stone reader's abilities were a fascinating portion of the story and I can't wait for book two to find out how the story continues. Thankfully, the wait won't be long. The Hero's Lot will be released July 2013.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
A great frustration of many in the realm of Christian fiction is the lack of imagination or uniqueness. This may sound like a slightly exaggerated claim, but there is often a limit of Christian fiction that is not geared towards Amish romance, Old west romance, or murder and drama. None of these are a bad genre, or ones that should be dismissed or ignored, but these limit the appeal of Christian fiction. It is for this reason I was very excited when Bethany House announced the release of a new book by Patrick W. Carr A Cast of Stones: The Staff & The Sword.
Set in an almost middle age's world, A Cast of Stones is a book that gets off to a quick start with action, adventure, and examination of life. This is the first book in a series that Patrick Carr is offering, and it seems to be a story that will excite and enthrall. The story begins with a young man by the name of Errol who sets out on what seems to be a simple task, and one that he has done many times, but that quickly takes twists and turns that young Errol could not expect.
As the story progresses many changes begin to happen to Errol as his identity and character are challenged, and he must either stay who he is, or become who he was destined to be while being confronted with insurmountable odds. Throughout this story Errol is challenged with a pain that he had spent year suppressing through drink. Errol is not only haunted by these great pains, but also sought after by enemies whom he does not know, and thrown apparently off track by events outside of his control.
Patrick Carr did more than just write intriguing fiction with Cast of Stones, instead he also offers character lessons and moral challenges. In its pages Carr creates a mirror for self-examination. It is for this reason that I give this book five stars for interest, intent, and intrigue. If you love fantasy and adventure, then Cast of Stones: The Staff & The Sword is a book worth reading.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."