Title: A Cast of Stones
Author: Patrick W. Carr
Series: The Staff and the Sword #1
Summary: 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 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 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.
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My Thoughts: A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr is a fun adventure that fans of epic fantasy will enjoy. In many ways it reminds me of Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera, or rather Errol reminds me a lot of Butcher’s Tavi in that series. This is, of course, excepting Errol’s drunkenness – something we never see of Tavi. Still, both boys start out in low status, and are drawn into the world of the rulers and powers that be through events they have little control over. Both boys grow up a lot through the the course of their own journey, and they both are generally quite likable characters.
The story is your standard epic fantasy fare: Lowly boy/man is somehow drawn into the company of his land’s rulers. He is found to have much greater potential than anyone (or almost anyone) ever guessed. And he shows himself to be of strong enough character to take this new status in stride. To grow into it, and use it for the betterment of his land. Or something thereabout. That’s the general idea, but the specifics are unique to this particular tale. And they are intriguing. Errol’s growth is believable, and well handled.
There are some twists and turns, many of which weren’t hard for me to see in advance. A couple did catch me off-guard though. I am very much interested to see where this series is going, and will be eagerly waiting for Book 2, The Hero’s Lot.
Source: Received an ebook as part of a blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)
Read It: A Cast of Stones is scheduled for release around February 1, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
About the Author: Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
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