Book Feature: Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword)

by Anaiya on October 16, 2013

Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword)

Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword)

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers
Will Love

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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Wolfe Moffat October 16, 2013 at 8:01 am
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Debut By Patrick W. Carr, Who Will Be In Demand For Ages To Come!, March 26, 2013
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Wolfe Moffat (Franklinville, NY) –
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When it comes to fiction, especially in the realm of Fantasy, I think that it isn’t always the easiest to come by. Marcher Lord Press produces some of the best, while seasoned writers such as George R.R. Martin continue to make impressive marks, always impressing readers. I was quite intrigued to see that there was a new man in town by the name of Patrick W. Carr. But I wondered if he would be impressive. Well, he’s impressed the likes of Jill Williamson and John Otte, 2 Marcher Lord Press masterminds praise this man’s work, and I was extremely eager to see what Carr had to offer. I wasn’t disappointed in the least!

Stumbling drunk, barely able to function, is how we meet the boy, Errol Stone, as he is kicked out of a tavern. Not the most of impressive introductions, is it? Well, Errol probably doesn’t think himself so impressive either. But he is sent on a mission, with the promise of payment, as long as he delivers a message to a priest, because he knows how to reach this priest, and he’s proved that he’s rather quick through the woods and paths. It isn’t too long before Errol finds himself being followed, hunted, and wanted. Why? The answer is soon discovered!

This boy, who doubts his own self-worth, discovers talents that he never knew existed, and from those talents, royalty will be addressed. Errol quickly learns how to fight, and while easily challenged, never forgotten by those who oppose him. And with the ability to exceed all expectations, it seems that this boy, who only in the beginning, wanted a drink, is learning a thing or two about himself.

This past Summer, I happened to read “The Word and the Void” trilogy by Terry Brooks, and as experienced as Brooks may be, he isn’t nearly as impressive as Patrick W. Carr. This new author isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line, and let it all hang out! Let me tell you something, with writing like this, his writing is going to be in demand for years to come! If you aren’t breaking down doors to read Carr, then you are truly missing out. So don’t miss out! This guy’s worth your reading time. And he’s going to be on my list for a long time coming.

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Glenda Mills October 16, 2013 at 8:06 am
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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An Excellent Read, January 19, 2013
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Great storyline! Carr does a good job, putting just enough in to keep you wanting to turn the page and see what Errol will do next. There is that air of Errol being just a little bit to good to be true, but it is a fantasy story after all.

I can’t wait to read “The Hero’s Lot” when it comes out.

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Shopgirl152ny October 16, 2013 at 8:30 am
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4.0 out of 5 stars
Medieval Fantasy that will keep you turning pages!, January 21, 2013
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This is an interesting medieval fantasy about the transformation of a young man and his possible future role in the kingdom. Errol Stone is a drunk who is pretty much ignored in his village of Callowford when he volunteers to deliver a message to a priest who lives in a treacherous woods for a fee. He’s almost killed by an assassin and has to run for his life with the priest and a few others. Along the way we discover important insights into his past, meet people who would try to influence him for good or evil, and watch him mature into a true hero.

This is the first book in a trilogy and it was interesting to follow Errol through his adventures and see how he changed throughout the book. I haven’t read too many books considered to be medieval fantasy, so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. I found it a little hard to get into it at first, but as Errol changed and the action continued, I became more interested. I liked the different characters and the abilities shown were interesting to see. The church is a powerful force in the story, with some priests good and some evil. The Trinity is mentioned in the story and we clearly see good and evil, but a relationship with God isn’t shown. There’s a lot of action and hints of romance. I am interested to see where the next two go and if my guess about Errol’s future comes true!

This book is available February 2013 from Bethany House Publishers.

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