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In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, 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 ...
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, 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 nears its end and the selection of the new king begins--but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.
"With an engaging, imaginative world that bristles with danger, characters that keep you guessing, and a story that sticks with you, A Cast of Stones will keep you devouring pages until the very end. I highly recommend it!" --John W. Otte, author of Failstate
"Carr's debut, the first in a series, is assured and up-tempo, with much to enjoy in characterization and description--not least the homely, life-as-lived details." -Publishers Weekly
This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing, and Errol's transformation from drunkard to hero is well plotted. Carr is a promising CF author to watch. Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice.
"Like the preceding series title, Inescapable, this tale of suspense offers a colorful cast of characters, small-town drama, and a hint of romance. A sure bet for fans of Hannah Alexander." --Library Journal
"[Good fantasy books] have to be excellent. Good storytelling and exceptional characters with circumstances that are easy enough to follow and wrap your brain around but keep you entertained and guessing... Cast of Stones has found itself firmly in that list of books. I absolutely, one hundred percent loved this book." --Radiant Lit
Posted September 22, 2013
Posted August 10, 2013
OMG, wow, this book was captivating, and i stayed up to finish it late into the night. You will find yourself falling in love with the characters and the courage to stand up for eachother and form lasting bonds of friendship. When you read it, you'll be able to see the story play out. In my opinion, this series is equal to or greater than the percy jackson series. You won't regret reading it, and Errol, such an unexpected hero
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Posted April 5, 2013
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A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr, ©2013
Travel along as their journey begins ~ or ends somewhere in between. It calls for an extra special gift bestowed upon him, invaluable to the outcome of the quest. Danger mounts as a dynasty nears its end... And an unlikely hero embarks on a perilous quest to save his kingdom. You are in for an adventure!
An Epic Medieval Fantasy Saga
Errol Stone, the main character in The Staff and the Sword, may seem an unlikely hero at first glance. But, says Carr,
“I believe we all hold within ourselves the capacity, not only for evil, but for great nobility. This theme stretches across all three volumes of the trilogy.”
With a successful blending of high action and a spiritual quest, A Cast of Stones is the thrilling tale of an unconventional band of men trying desperately to save their kingdom.
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As I am almost exclusively a Historical Fiction Reviewer, here we go with a Fantasy ~ new to me!
I am diving in because I have enjoyed reading the promos for this novel. Especially, since I am half-Irish Kathleen and there is a castle on the cover!
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
I am amazed at Errol's prowess in dodging impending doom on all sides. He delivers a letter packet with the messages obliterated before arrival. Being consumed by poison while on the return trail, advancement is stopped only by quick thinking and seeking help where he knows he will find it. He begins to reach out because of physical need and ends being the guide himself to avoid peril on the journey he would never have imagined in his safe narrow world.
Anya ~*~ She smiled, her blue eyes gleaming beneath flaxen hair. She resembled her father the way a beautiful sculpture resembled the slab of marble from which it would be carved.
--A Cast of Stones, 58
Is that beautiful prose or what! Description of an indeed charming Irish lass for sure. Errol has gone ahead of his two traveling companions to secure lodging from the innkeeper, Anya's father. Errol is well-known; his reputation has gone before him. Ale being more important to him than the means to pay. His travelers whisk him away to another sleeping place to remove his imbibing.
Did you notice the mention of assassins following to attack? Errol slimly escaped being killed on his first trip and now on the return road, he doesn't fare much better! Fortunately, for him, he is rescued. He is not certain what his role is; is it the company he is with that is bringing his slow demise?
"Why do I have to go? Why would you even want me to go? I can't ride. I don't know anything about fighting." He waved toward Cruk, who sat in his chair like a giant sack of grain. "Ask him. The only things I know how to do are gather herbs and drink."
Prerequisites, you ask? Or qualifying the qualified?
Daybreak. What had he gotten himself into? Why did people insist on starting journeys before the sun got warm? It couldn't be healthy.
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Thank you to author Patrick W. Carr for sending a copy of A Cast of Stones ~ The Staff & The Sword series, to review in my own words. The development of character is assuredly gripping as the story continues unexpectedly from one realm to another of the kingdom ~ facing truth ~ facing victory. Your attention and interest will be held and ready for The Hero's Lot.
The Staff and The Sword; Book Two
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Posted December 19, 2013
The story was pretty good although I had one slight problem with that the timing seems a little off. For example the time Errol spent healing, training, and traveling with the caravan was only five months but it seemed longer. However that is a pretty minor issue and I enjoyed the book. If you like this book try Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy( Black,Red,White,and Green) which is the best fantasy series I have read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 22, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2013
This was a good story, with many twists and unknowns from beginning to end. As a matter of fact, I'm still waiting. Errol's story should now be completed. I was very disappointed by the lame ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2013
Posted September 6, 2013
The story chronicles a journey by an orphan with a destiny for greatness - only that destiny keeps unfolding with the story. Errol Stone, who has spent most of his teenage years, in an ale-induced stupor discovers talents he never dreamed he possessed. Under a compulsion placed on him by a "reader," he embarks on a journey that will change his life as well as impact the future of his country. It's an interesting read and I look forward to the next book in Errol's journey of discovery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 11, 2013
I love fantasy. I always have and I don't see myself getting over it anytime soon. A Cast of Stones is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while and I loved the journey it took me on.
The story followed Errol Stone, a young drunkard with no skills whatsoever but for an unforeseen talent that sends him on epic journey. I've never seen the appeal of drinking and so while I liked Errol, in the beginning I thought he was a bit lacking in character - I was so wrong. You didn't get to see his full character in the beginning, it was hidden away under his ale, but as he begins to sort himself out, all these amazing characteristics reveal themselves and I ended up loving Errol; flaws and all.
I was hooked from the first page. I fell in love with the writing, the style and the way the words flowed. The story also grabbed from the beginning, it was exciting and adventurous and deep, and I couldn't stop reading!
All fantasy novels had world building in them and the extent to which the author goes really shows in the book. Patrick Carr's world building was fantastic. I loved the different histories and peoples and factions and magical doo-dahs. I made a real connection with the world and was very happy with how everything fit together, I was quite sad to be returned to this reality.
The character growth was wonderful and I loved how real everyone was. People were selfish and greedy and ready to sacrifice others for their beliefs, good and bad. I don't think you could find much about this book I didn't like and if you're a reader of fantasy - I'd move this book high up your to-read list! Errol took me on an emotional, action-packed, magical journey and I can't wait to read more!
Posted May 30, 2013
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
Posted May 24, 2013
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By: Patrick W. Carr
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: The Staff and Sword # 1
"A Cast of Stones" by Patrick W. Carr was good fantasy read with some Christian based and the first of this series of 'The Staff and Sword.' You will find it a very interesting and exciting novel. This read starts out with a drunken young teen boy named Errol and believe it or not becomes the hero of this story. We will find that Errol get caught up into something that he never dreamed existed, "he is challenged, stretch and even forced to make decisions that will change his life forever." We find from the read...' On Errol way to deliver the messages, someone tries to kill him. It's definitely not the last time through out the book that someone tries to murder him, but the question is why? Why are there so many people after a simple 19 year-old town drunk?" This is where I say you must pick up this read to find out what is going on. Be ready for a very captivating and mysterious story as the boy will leave "his village and go to the city of Erinon to help his king and kingdom." The plot consisted of a lots of twist and turns, with a descriptive scenery and characters were all so real and well portrayed.
If you like very creative medieval fantasy then you have come to the right place for: "A Cast of Stones" will take you there and I would recommend this read.
Posted May 21, 2013
I chose to read and review this book from the Bethany House Publishers review program because I do enjoy a fantasy novel every so often ... which has become an acquired taste for me. Unfortunately, I got about 17% into this book and just couldn't go any further. It's not due to the writing or story development as those were on par. I just couldn't lose myself in this story. Part of it may have been due to the length of the novel and my not wanting to take the time to read it. Another part may have been because I had other books/novels I was eager to begin and just kept putting this one aside.
From what I did read, though, I think that the fantasy-genre lovers out there would enjoy this novel. It just apparently was not for me or I would've made it a point to finish reading it.
*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 9, 2013
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.
Posted May 9, 2013
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!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.