A Draw of Kings

A Draw of Kings

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by Patrick W. Carr
     
 

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Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.

In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the

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Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.

In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?

Praise for The Staff and the Sword series

"This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing...Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice."
Library Journal (starred review) on A Cast of Stones

"The adrenaline level remains high..."
Publishers Weekly on The Hero's Lot

"The Hero's Lot is a spellbinding, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will leave you breathless and reeling from the truly masterful and immensely pleasurable writing of Patrick W. Carr."
Radiant Lit

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
The Staff and the Sword trilogy (A Cast of Stones, The Hero's Lot) comes to a close as Errol and his fellow adventurers return from their bloody excursion to Merakh, grieving their losses and weighed down by a prophecy of the lots: either Errol or his companion Liam will die in the struggle to come. Immediately, the entire party is taken into the custody of Duke Weir's men, the duke having usurped the regency of the kingdom of Illustra from Errol's friend Princess Adora. Violence has always been a defining feature of the series, but the gritty realism of the first book becomes implausible sadism here. Duke Weir and his vicious daughter, Sevra, go beyond the political, religious, and military machinations that set Errol's quest in motion, descending into paranoid mania and demonic possession. It's a whiz-bang method of eliminating the gray areas of reality and heightening the black-and-white absoluteness of the conflict, but at a significant loss to the accomplishment of the tale. Agent: Steve Laube, Steve Laube Agency. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764210457
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Staff and the Sword Series, #3
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
473,233
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot. He teaches high school and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.

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A Draw of Kings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is the third and final book in The Staff and the Sword series and I cannot stress enough how much I COMPLETELY and ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS SERIES! This is fantasy at its best and I would happily read these books 1000x over. I have a love-hate relationship with endings. On the one hand they bring everything to a close and you get to know the fate of all those beloved characters, but on the other hand they bring everything to a close and you get to know the fate of all those beloved characters! The ending of A Draw of Kings was flawless. This book written incredibly well and at the end I was left satisfied and content and whenever I do feel that post-series sadness I can happily pick up this series from the beginning and start everything all over again! I can't really critique this book as there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy. The writing, the story, the characters, the world, the beginning, the ending, and everything in between was just perfect. If I had to say one non-gushy thing about this book it would be that since there's been some time since reading the second book I had forgotten a lot of the littler details. This in no way affected my enjoyment and it's not even a fault of the books, I could've re-read book 2 but I was just too eager to start A Draw of Kings, and even with my foggy memories this book was still one of the most enjoyable conclusions to a trilogy I have read. Ever. I would 100% recommend this book to fantasy lovers, several of my friends in fact have been told about this wonderful, must-read series, but even if you're not a huge fantasy fan I would still heartily recommend this book just for the superb writing and excellent word-building. If you haven't started this series then do so now, I promise you won't regret it!
Rebekah_Moore More than 1 year ago
I loved this trilogy. I read all three books! I know it is a good book when I get to the end and I continue to think about how the story unfolded and what the twists and turns were. I especially know it is great when I find myself going back to pick up on nuances that I remember but want to clarify. I won't delve into the plot except that it is a "tale" of good vs. evil, human doubt and growth in faith and belief - of deep friendship and love - nobility and strength of will and purpose - sacrifice. I have to admit that I had to reread the ending a couple of times to verify it. Some say they were disappointed in it, but to me, after the first "reread", it fit perfectly. If you plan to read it, please keep going in the first book. It takes a while to get into it and you may wonder how this might have any value, but before long, you will be pulled into the intrigue, mysteries and the unforgettable characters. I would love to see a movie made of this. They would certainly be up there with Hunger Games and Star Wars in my estimation.
AnneKRiley More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel so very much, and I believe it is the best in the entire trilogy. Mr. Carr’s writing is more polished, more vivid, more captivating. The people and places (and creatures) Errol and company encountered were so alive in my mind that I stayed up past midnight several nights in a row because I couldn’t pull myself from the pages. My only regret when I closed the cover on the final page was that the adventure was over. I already miss the feeling of anticipation that I enjoyed when picking up one of the books for the first time and going on those new adventures. As with the first two, this wonderful conclusion of the tale kept me guessing to the very end. I hope Mr. Carr keeps writing fantasy, as this trilogy is one of the best I have ever read in the genre. They will always hold a very special place on my bookshelves. ——— +My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
After completing his quest to Merakh, Errol and his companions return to Erinon. But things are not as they were. The king has died, and Duke Weir has taken over the realm. Duke Weir has them all arrested. He plans to force Errol to work as his omne, to marry Adora, and crown himself king.  It is not long before they escape and foil Duke Weir’s plans. But the kingdom is still in terrible danger. The barrier has fallen and ferrals are making their way toward Erinon, killing everything in their path. And they still don’t know who should be the next king. Adora sets off on a diplomatic mission to the shadow lands to sign the promised treaty with the banished people (whose name I forgot). Errol sets off for Ongol to bring back the holy book. Both journeys are perilous but necessary to the survival of Erinon. And so Errol and Adora part ways again. Will they accomplish their missions? Will they see each other again?  These books are wonderful! Patrick Carr did a great job of writing an epic tale with tons at stake and creating heroes worthy of saving the day. I really enjoyed his main characters. They were my favorite part of the stories. I loved Errol. I loved Rokha. Other favorites were Merodach, Rale, Cruk, and Martin. I liked the mystery of each character’s backstory. And I thought it was cool how the church couldn’t argue with the book once they’d read it. And I also have to mention the cool magic of casting lots. Very neat.  This was a fabulous ending to a great trilogy. I found the storyworld fascinating. I did NOT enjoy that there was no map! Why??? Maps are cool. Why do publishers continue to thwart my dreams of maps in books? I really wanted a map for this series. I wanted it badly! It would have helped me keep track of where everything was a little better. I also felt like the other nationalities were very similar to middle eastern people and native Americans. All-in-all, I loved this series, and I think that if you enjoy fantasy novels, you will too. So if you haven’t read them yet, get over to your local bookstore and pick up book one! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of A DRAW OF KINGS by Patrick W. Carr from Bethany House. This is the third book in The Staff & the Sword series. It’s the first I’ve read, but I’ll definitely look for the others. If I would have to pick one word to describe A DRAW OF KINGS, it would be fun. This book was outright fun to read. It’s been described as a fantasy novel set in a medieval world – two of my favorite things. I can’t get enough fantasy and I always have a soft spot for history. I’m sure it would help if I had read the first two books in the series, since I was confused on a couple areas and at first had a hard time grasping the setting, but the story flowed, and by the end, I loved the author. Sometimes moments led up to revelations, and I think they would have had more meaning had I read the other books. This book really grips you. The pace is fast and you can’t wait to see what happens to Errol next. This is Christian fiction at its finest, for it makes you think and question. This is tops on my list for Christian fantasy now.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed the series. Was worth the time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it a good read to be honest, some of the plot devices are well worn but effective. I liked the main character, he was very human. All things considered well worth an afternoons read.
hopeable More than 1 year ago
YOU KNOW IT HAD TO BE GOOD IF I SPENT $10.50 ON IT. I don't regret it at all, this was a great series from beginning to end. You feel every emotion just pouring from the page.
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ladyluck04251 More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT One of the best series I've found in a long time. The books are very well written with just the right amount of action and character developement. The characters become cherished friends that you come to care deeply  about. Especially Errol. He has become one of my all time favorite characters and its all due to the the amazing writing of Mr. Carr. These books have become a permanent part of my collection. Along with a very select group of books that I keep so that I can revisit them again and again. Anyone coming across these books will find it welll worth their time to check them out. I assure you five minutes into reading the first book The cast of stones and you'll be on your way to one of those unbelievable experiences that made us readers in the first place. Well done Mr. Carr!! 
Beth_Mac More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books, so I looked forward to this final book in the trilogy. Although the writing was excellent quality, the ending was disappointing and confusing. I read the last two chapters twice, just to make sure I hadn't missed something. My husband had the same response, and also read over the last couple of chapters twice to make sure he hadn't missed something. A frustrating ending for me as a reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final book in the series. It has 440 pages is well edited and rather expensive at $9.99. It was my least favorite of the three. It is mostly fighting. All the threads were tied off and it has a complete conclusion. This series is action, adventure, fantasy in genre. It is pretty gory, with lots of death, blood, guts and gore. It is very convoluted and hard to follow at times. There is an awful lot of characters and it has become hard to keep them straight. Perhaps this is why the author kills so many of them off. I am a little catty about this as some of my favorites bit the dust. I did not like reading about them being eaten alive in grim detail. Ugh! Other then the violence, this series is YA friendly. I really enjoyed it and if young people, especially, young men could get past the length, they would really enjoy this stand alone series. Each book has a complete conclusion and there is very little romance. These are based on a make believe religion and quite a bit of fantasy. At least it is not werewolves, vampires and ghosts. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story. I just miss the days when you bought a book and you received the entire story in ONE book -- not three. Very disappointing but not the author's fault. It's one way to sell more books. I get that. Again, just a very disappointing trend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the first book free & the publisher was right to give it away because after reading it I had to read the next 2 books. The books were wonderful except the ending was not all that good. I was underwhelmed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting finish to a great trilogy. The author writes exceptionally well and the plot is sound. I loved the book and am looking forward to reading more from this talented author.
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lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: He's done it again!  I sat down to read at around seven o'clock Saturday evening.  I forced myself to stop reading at eleven o'clock after reading ten chapters!  He's put a compulsion on me to read!  You know you're reading a master's tale when you find yourself wanting to go back and read the series from the beginning to better understand how all the pieces fit together.  As I was reading this book, I must admit that I savored it.  I cannot tell you how many times I said to my family, "This guy's a math teacher!  How does he write like this?"  My daughter's reading the book right now. I can hardly get her to do anything else!  I completely understand.  When I read this book, my mind traveled to Illustra.  I not only read it, I could see it, I was in it. If you like fantasy fiction, this is the stuff of legends. ~grin~  My thoughts went to J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  If you've not read A Cast of Stones, start there.  If you have, you already want this book.  The Hero's Lot is second in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.  A Draw of Kings is the third in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr. *"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Patrick Carr does not disappoint with his thrilling conclusion the The Staff and Sword series! After returning from his mission to Merakh, Errol Stone finds the kingdom worse off than when he left, with Duke Weir is sitting on the throne and enemies threatening on all fronts. I have been a fan of Errol’s since he started the series in the bottom of an ale barrel and it has been wonderful seeing how far he has risen and how much he has grown. Carr has also written a fantastic group of supporting characters whose storylines all converge in this thrilling conclusion. The pace was much quicker than the first two novels and the story starts off with a bang. The entire series has been very large scale but the author does a good job of not letting the reader get lost. One of my only complaints for this book and the other two in the series was that a glossary and/or map would have been appreciated at times. Sometimes I had trouble keeping the different countries straight. This was minor however and did not distract from my enjoyment of the story. I would highly recommend this entire series and cannot wait to see what Carr has in store next! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great series! I can't wait to read more from this author. Well written, wonderfully developed characters and story line.
knholmes4 More than 1 year ago
I received the first book as a free offer. I quickly purchased and read the next two books. I liked the religious overtones and symbolism in the series especially in the ending chapters of the last book. I cheered and cried with the characters and recommend to others as a light fantasy read. It still has violence but without all the gore.
Croter More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the series and liked the way the characters were developed but was a little disappointed in the ending. I kind of felt that with all the plot lines, the ending was a little "too neat".
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
How do you share your thoughts on the end of a story that has been building since book one, and without giving anything away? Errol Stone's journey continues. The back of the cover makes you think that him being imprisoned and the attempt to free him would be the story we are about to read. Oh no. Don't let that fool you. That's only the beginning! Then the rest unfolds as Errol and his companions must split up to prepare to fight the final battle with odds seemingly insurmountable. The story is huge, complex, and at times, I was slightly confused, but I so wanted to know who would live and who would die. Would it be Liam or Errol? The characters deepened in many ways, except for Liam. I got a little annoyed with him. He was always perfect and beautiful, and all the characters practically swooned in his presence. But then I tend to go for the underdog. As the ending came to a close, it should have felt perfect, but it didn't for me. I felt set up, knowing that I was being set up to "feel" one way, when I knew the truth, yet hoped, yet didn't want to hope. It is hard to explain. Yet with the final explanation with the remaining characters, the conclusion slid into place for a bittersweet ending that will have me reflecting on Errol's story for a while. That said, I love this series and feel that these characters and their story will remain with me for the rest of my life. Highly recommended! *In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review.*