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A Cast of Stones

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    As with many Fantasy books, this story seemed to move slowly. Th

    As with many Fantasy books, this story seemed to move slowly. The first 1/3 seemed to drag and be a repeat of fight, almost die over and over again. The story was interesting however and I am glad I finished it. The main character did develop and we do become invested in him. It does have a satisfying ending although it leaves much to be explored in other sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    It was a good read, not the best I have read but I was not dis

    It was a good read, not the best I have read but I was not disappointed. It had a pretty typical story line for a fantasy type book. Poor boy from a small village, finds out he is an important player in a bigger game. Travels from his small village having adventures and finds out he has special rare powers. I did like it enough to purchase the second book in the set.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    I liked it, but not enough to where I fell in love with it. For

    I liked it, but not enough to where I fell in love with it. For the first one hundred+ pages I just didn't care very much about what happened
     to Errol, and his story was just a bit boring to me.  This is probably due to my usual taste preference of  there being at last a tiny
    bit of romance hinted within the first 100 pages in the books I read.(I like books to have a good story, too, not just romance.
     I don't want a book that over kills the romance, but I like there to be some.) There was some later on, but it was well into the book.


    In the end, though there wasn't a lot of romance, I ended up liking the book.
    If someone was to ask me about it, I would say it is an excellent book. Odd.

    This was the author's first published novel, and for a debut novel I say that it was pretty good.
    It's a story of triumph that has unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and the author did and excellent job with detail.
     I think it will appeal to those who like plenty of adventure, a story of overcoming challenges, and of course, fantasy. 


    Negatives: Alcoholic beverages are drunk, some characters are mentioned cursing, though no curse words are shown.
    It just says something like "Errol cursed." There is violence and some kissing.


     With thanks to the publisher for a free copy of this book in  exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    I received a copy of A CAST OF STONES by Patrick W. Carr from Be

    I received a copy of A CAST OF STONES by Patrick W. Carr from Bethany House, one of my favorite publishers. The book is the first in the Staff & the Sword series. While I love fantasy novels, this one didn’t quite do it for me. There is plenty for a fantasy lover to enjoy – magic, kingship, a quest. All were very cool and well thought out, but it just wasn’t a page turner. Many of the sentences seemed simplistic enough to be geared toward a children’s book, although the content was definitely adult, and the characters were older.

    I would have liked to see more emotion in the story as well. Many of the sentences were more Telling than Showing, which is one of the writing tricks of the trade I’ve been lectured not to do. A sentence such as “Errol fumed” could have been made into something such as, “Errol clenched his fists until his broken fingernails stabbed his palms, while he gritted his teeth and narrowed his eyes.” Of course, it is up to the author how he or she wants to display the characters. For me, the lack of emotion kept me distanced from the story. It also didn’t have anything to make it stand out from other fantasy novels. Since I needed to review the story, I read it in a few days, but my mind kept wandering.

    Nonetheless, I recommend this to fantasy lovers. It was overall entertaining and a quick read.

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