Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Sword Series #3 -eBook   -     By: Patrick W. Carr
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441263421
ISBN-13: 9781441263421
Availability: In Stock
Series: Staff and the Sword

Publisher's Description

Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.

In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?

Praise for The Staff and the Sword series

"This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing...Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice."
Library Journal (starred review) on A Cast of Stones

"The adrenaline level remains high..."
Publishers Weekly on The Hero's Lot

"The Hero's Lot is a spellbinding, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will leave you breathless and reeling from the truly masterful and immensely pleasurable writing of Patrick W. Carr."
Radiant Lit

Author Bio

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot. He teaches high school and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Third Time's the Charm
    October 27, 2014
    Michelle R. Wood
    This review was written for A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3.
    My previous trips into the fantasy world of Patrick Carr were a mixed bag. But the essential chestnut at the heart of the story intrigued me enough to give the third and last volume of the series a go, and I'm quite happy I did. This novel is everything I'd hoped the previous books would be, bringing the story to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion. There are still rough patches, but this time around they're well worth the journey.

    I was surprised but pleased that the heroes' first obstacle was dispatched within the first third of the novel, rather than dragging out a story that held so little consequence for the final climax. The story than split into three quests. It's a testament to author Patrick Carr's growing skill that I was able to follow each story without much trouble, even after so much time had passed reading the previous books. Just enough hints were dropped to jog my memory of previous characters and encounters without distracting from the narrative.

    This novel finally shines the most light on the more interesting facets of this world, it's political and theological concerns, and actually took the dangers faced by the kingdom seriously, lending a more mature tone to our characters that suited them. Errol behaved like the seasoned warrior he's become. Princess Adora's viewpoint was given more time in this book, not always to her credit: she's always felt a bit shallow, with a tendency to fly off the handle at odds with her characterization as a seasoned veteran of court. However, her pairing with Rothka made for a good contrasting blend in their various adventures; sadly, such lengthy accounts of two women working together in fantasy are rare.

    By far my favorite characters, the trio Martin, Luis, and Cruk, coupled with their new fellow traveler Karele, faced a new set of challenges that allowed them to finally face their own shortcomings. In particular there's a strong sense of loss that can not be repaid, in this world at least. Liam remains the least developed main character, and yet I gained appreciation for him this time around for that very reason: it's another rarity to read of a hero allowed to be just that, without explanation or apology.

    Alas, it's not all great storytelling. There's still a tendency for the narrative to halt for excessive description of minor characters. Though Carr juggled many competing storylines with competent ability, there's a bit much here for one book, given it a crammed feeling. Some story threads never fully resolved, and there were moments aplenty where I felt the story rush forward past minor plot problems in an attempt to get everything covered. Also, there was a strange reoccurring theme of physical violence used by our heroes against those in a weaker position that I found troubling: all seemed to fall into this trap, despite their personalities, with no comment whatsoever on its morality.

    That being said, I read this book for one reason: to finally learn who the chosen king of Illustra was. This essential question haunted (with varying degrees of success) the previous books, and it continues to plague all as the final battles of the war rage about the kingdom. There's a real sense of loss here, of everything crashing down despite everyone's best efforts, and I applaud Carr for actually allowing characters to die and face dire consequences rather than rescue everyone. Like all great mysteries this one was deceptively simple, hiding the answer in plain sight. I'd encourage him to tackle a whodunit in his next project: this aspect of the series, with its theopolitical underpinnings, provided the best moments by far.

    It could certainly be better, but "A Draw of Kings" is the series' strongest offering by far. This conclusion offers something for fans and casual readers alike, even skeptical ones like myself. It makes the other two books better, which is the best possible praise a third act can offer. Good news for all: this series is one that only improves as it develops.
  2. Englehart, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    April 21, 2014
    AFellowCanuck
    Englehart, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3.
    Can I say what a thrilling book this was? Well, I'm saying it alright, because it was absolutely amazing!

    Patrick W. Carr, definitely hit the ball on the absolutely epic conclusion of the Staff and The Sword Series. Comparing it back to the first book, The Hero's lot, Patrick still has the amazing writing ability that he's carried though out the books. The detail and everything else has been phenomenal and especial with the last book, there's no less of it! The Character's and everything else I just love about the book, taking the time for all the little details that make this such an amazing book.

    Remembering how the Characters were in the first book, and seeing how they are no, you can definitely tell that they've been on a grand adventure. This is a great and well written book, all of the different elects from Fantasy/Adventure/Action have been combined to create an amazing tale with a great meaning behind the story. Even when I had put this book down a few times, I wanted to pick it back up and finish the story right away and see what lied ahead for the characters. It made me at least del like I was part of the book, imagining everything happened like it was before my very eyes.

    I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
  3. Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I need 6 stars! Stuff of legends!
    April 17, 2014
    Laura of Harvest Lane
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3.
    My thoughts:

    He's done it again! I sat down to read at around seven o'clock Saturday evening. I forced myself to stop reading at eleven o'clock after reading ten chapters! He's put a compulsion on me to read! You know you're reading a master's tale when you find yourself wanting to go back and read the series from the beginning to better understand how all the pieces fit together.

    As I was reading this book, I must admit that I savored it. I cannot tell you how many times I said to my family, "This guy's a math teacher! How does he write like this?" My daughter's reading the book right now. I can hardly get her to do anything else! I completely understand. When I read this book, my mind traveled to Illustra. I not only read it, I could see it, I was in it.

    If you like fantasy fiction, this is the stuff of legends. ~grin~ My thoughts went to J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. If you've not read A Cast of Stones, start there. If you have, you already want this book. The Hero's Lot is second in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr. A Draw of Kings is the third in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.

    *"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Closing the Cover on the Adventure
    April 16, 2014
    knitwritelove
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3.
    I enjoyed this novel so very much, and I believe it is the best in the entire trilogy. Mr. Carr's writing is more polished, more vivid, more captivating. The people and places (and creatures) Errol and company encountered were so alive in my mind that I stayed up past midnight several nights in a row because I couldn't pull myself from the pages.

    My only regret when I closed the cover on the final page was that the adventure was over. I already miss the feeling of anticipation that I enjoyed when picking up one of the books for the first time and going on those new adventures. As with the first two, this wonderful conclusion of the tale kept me guessing to the very end.

    I hope Mr. Carr keeps writing fantasy, as this trilogy is one of the best I have ever read in the genre. They will always hold a very special place on my bookshelves.

    ———

    +My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Ontario
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rushed ending but still good
    April 11, 2014
    Wanda Costinak
    Ontario
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3.
    I was so excited to read the final installment in The Staff and the Sword series that I re-read the first two books again while waiting for my review copy to arrive. The final book in the saga continues with characters on journeys, new exotic locations and personalities, and enough plot twists and turns to keep the pages flying by.

    I finished reading A Draw of Kings weeks ago but was so disappointed in the ending that it has taken me weeks to write the review. It's like the author ran out of time or energy and rushed the ending. I feel there was not enough time spent resolving the characters and the plot. I was so invested in the story and it was hard to not develop the things that were finally revealed in the climax of the story. (Sorry I'm so vague but I don't want to reveal any spoilers...)

    I enjoyed A Draw of Kings as much as the other two up until the last chapter - that was only 5 ½ pages long. I found myself flipping back in disbelief - how could this saga be wrapped up in such a short chapter. I was left wanting so much more. Despite this, I still recommend the book and the series. I am looking forward to what Mr. Carr has to offer in the future.

    I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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