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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)

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2014 Carol Award Winner for Speculative

The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

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

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2014 Carol Award Winner for Speculative

The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

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

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Library Journal
Errol Stone is an unlikely hero. Ignorant of the world outside his village, he does odd jobs to pay for his next drink, including carrying an urgent message to the hermit priest who lives in the hills beyond the village. The dynasty that has ruled the kingdom for over a thousand years has ended and a new king must be chosen, but there are some who would do anything to stop the ascension. Errol, the priest, and some companions must flee the assassins hunting them. VERDICT 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441261021
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
Staff and the Sword , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
4,265
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.
Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards. He teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.

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A Cast of Stones 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 106 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its difficult nowadays to find a good christian author with so much intrigue and concept originality. There are witty characters, perfectly placed and developed. The action is very well paced. Also even though i am a huge and nitpicky grammar freak i did not find a single mistake to rant on. Dare i say it? This book is flawless. I loved the way they incorporate biblical principles and ideals. Espesially the way they named the trinity! Furthermore i love the concept that this is all based on the age old biblical practice of casting lots, something that id overlooked very often in the bible. Even still, i love this amazing book and i would definitely recommend it to anyone i meet. Someone please contact the author and tell them to hurry with the sequel please? It would be wholheartedly appreciated. Please read this book if you have not already. Its worth it. **plus as a bonus this book is free in the nookstore May the hand of Deas, Eleison, and Aurae be with you all always, --TigressAyura
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy in general, especially Christian fantasy where authors often lean heavily on the savior/ goody two-shoe hero motifs. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this series; the heroes are flawed and realistic, and the reading is fast-paced. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and can hardly wait to read the next one in the series. It ended too soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It was fantastic. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first it was hard to get into but stick with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner that was fun to read. Love the idea of manifest prophecy that can be verified with a physical test. I will definitely read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First in a series of three. This one was free, second one is $3, third one is $10. I loved this one and bought second. If it is as good as first I will buy the third. Not my kind of book, but I loved every page. For ages 26 and up. BOTH sexes will enjoy this adventure, fantasy. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it needs readers who like paranormal and that period of history (900 AD?). That's not my type. Yet I consider it well written and engrossing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters, and the storyline.
issapenay More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to me not great. At times it seemed to bog down and I would have to put the book adide for a while.
Anonymous 16 days ago
The characters were well developed and I enjoyed the world they were in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting premise and well written. Could not put it down and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Catlady3 More than 1 year ago
5 pages in, I was hooked.....great story telling, well built characters....truly enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It is truly a magical story. Please rate this like I did. It is very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a really good, well put together story with well developed multi-dimensional characters that happens to have a Christian bent without being preachy. Well Done!
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hopeable More than 1 year ago
I AM HOOKED. I loved it and cant wait to read the next one.
weeduwee More than 1 year ago
Excellent book introducing an excellent allegorical series. First nook book was free and I enjoyed it so much I happily bought the next 2 just to get to keep on with the story. First book was satisfactorily resolved at the end and could be a stand-alone book, but the next two books only improve it. No simplistic solutions or shallow characters for this writer. He writes with a depth and thoughtfulness that leads me to believe he understands much of human nature and how it influences and affects the church. No easy answers, but a believable resolution that reflects the depth of development in his characters and story. Highly enjoyed the read.
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grampie14 More than 1 year ago
Interesting and kept my interest!