The Hero's Lot

The Hero's Lot

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by Patrick W. Carr

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Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

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Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

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Publishers Weekly
Carr takes the somewhat unusual tack of offering no recap of A Cast of Stones, the first book in the trilogy, so readers will want to have it close at hand to make sense of this busy second volume. True to form, the story opens with a fight scene and sticks close to the formula of chase and battle, with somewhat more political maneuvering and somewhat less idiosyncratic, living detail than characterized Carr’s debut. The adrenaline level remains high, without “middle book” doldrums—in large part because the trilogy’s overarching plot is neglected while protagonist Errol undertakes a secondary quest: tracking down the first book’s villain, Sarin Valon. Errol is once again under compulsion, once again traveling with a merchant caravan, once again accompanied by Ru and Rokha and Rale... Despite the page-turning zest of the narrative, a sense of high-level stall colors the plot. There’s a lot of activity, but nothing changes. Agent: Steve Laube, Steve Laube Agency. (July)

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Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
Staff and the Sword Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones. 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

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The Hero's Lot 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
Last summer, I read one of the best books ever.  It was so enthralling, I declared there has to be a sequel!  This is that book.  Have you ever felt a compulsion to read one more paragraph, one more page, one more chapter?  This is that book.  It's a book to hide in for hours if possible.  Just warning you!  You'll be up too late if you start this at bedtime.  You'll forget to make dinner if you begin reading late in the afternoon.  The tension builds throughout the story, drawing you farther and farther in.  So many little mysteries and secrets arise leading you toward the next chapter.  Martin, Luis, and Errol, travel through new lands filled with danger, making new alliances and discovering enemies as they attempt to fulfill their own compulsions and untangle the gnarled and twisted sedition in the Conclave. 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.  Read my review of the first book, A Cast of Stones.  Thank you Litfuse for this free review copy.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: In this second book of The Staff and the Sword series, Errol is compelled by powerful members of the conclave to go to a dangerous land and kill the traitor Sarin Valon. With a mixture of stubbornness and bravery, the princess follows Errol on his dangerous journey. My thoughts: This book didn't have quite the flare of the first in the series, but it was nevertheless quite enjoyable. The adventure was much more clearly laid out in this book, which made it less mysterious than the first, but the plot was thicker as a result. The story emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, and raises interesting questions about whether Church authority is "good" just because it follows conservative values that have worked for centuries. I tend to believe that Carr's church is symbolic for the Catholic Church, and the hints of church-shattering philosophical changes that will come in the next book symbolize the conversion to Protestantism or perhaps simply the disgust many people have these days about the sex scandals in the Catholic Church. However, that's a message intended for adults, I suspect, and the target audience - ages 12-15 will probably mostly miss it. The dangerous foreign land that Errol traveled to clearly symbolized Egypt / Muslims - Carr included some rather direct hints to that effect. I felt a little sad that the people of that land were generalized as evil, except for those that had been converted by God's Christian word. Those few characters who weren't pure evil seemed rather weak and a little selfish. Messages like this always make me sad - especially in children's books - but I understand that it's difficult to write an epic fantasy without having a hint of xenophobia. Someone has to be "evil" right? I'm not sure how this problem can be gracefully avoided. At the very least, there were "bad" people and "good" people on both sides of the border, which is as much as I can rightfully wish for, I suppose. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the cast of stones. I couldn't put it down. Naturally I was excited to read this one. Despite having issues in opening the book (different app than nook) and having to wait days, I think I let the anticipation get the better of me. I can't get into it. The plot feels derivative of the first book, I find myself skimming the pages, and I just can't be bothered to care about the characters. I'm halfway through it and I think I'll set it down and start something that I'll enjoy. I'd normally say that I wish I hadn't paid for it, but the first book was free and that was a really great book. I should have paid for that one.
hopeable More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. This story draws you in and you will be unable to resist the pull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought 2 and 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the series. It cost $3.99 and has about 450 pages. It is well edited and very good, but not quite as good as the first book. There is a third book, which costs $9.99. I bought it as well. It too, has over 400 pages. All three books are action, adventure, fantasy. The third book was my least favorite, but it was still very enjoyable. The books have a good bit of death and gore in them, but are a clean read otherwise. I think YA males would really like these books, if they could get past the length. There isn't much in the way of romance, so YA girls may not be very enarmoured. For ages 14 and up. Very enjoyable. AD
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This is funny and witty and relistic without being overly violent. I am reading the second book in the series now and will definitely get the third when it comes out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the next one.
issapenay More than 1 year ago
this is a story to completely lose yourself in...
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TyeshaT More than 1 year ago
So, after the first book I realized that this series is going to take me by surprise. I was not disappointed. This book threw so many things at me at once that it was almost confusing. You will feel sorry for the main character, Errol, by the end of the book I can guarantee it. The secrets revealed about the series in this book is a major game changer. It is fast paced and a great read. I finished it in a bout two days and that was when I was being lazy . Overall a great book. I recommend this to any readers who like the old fantasy books with a touch of religion. I got this book complimentary of Bethany House Publishers. So thank you very much.
Bookishqueen More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this and it did not disappoint. I loved it. Errol once again was once again the unexpected hero despite his reluctance. He is a hero that is easy to relate to because he has very real fears and emotions. He reacts the way many of us would if we were thrust into the same citation (other than we would not be quiet so awesome at it). I found that I wanted his life to perfect and was swept along in his realization that he had never controlled his life. I felt his pain at being someone else's puppet. In this book, most of the secondary characters from the first play a larger role. I enjoyed learning more about Ru and Rohka, as well as Rale and Adora. A large part of the story also centered around Martin, Luis, and Cruk. While I liked the insight into Martin's thoughts, I was often upset to leave Errol's point of view for his. Because they spent much of the novel on different story paths, I little irritated. Still, Martin's separate journey gave information about Errol that I would not have seen otherwise. Errol is a character with many weaknesses, balanced by prowess in battle. He is different than any other hero, and I enjoyed that. I can't wait to see what he becomes in the third book and to reunite with Liam so we can follow them to their singular path. When the final lots are cast, who will be King? And who will be Savior?
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
Patrick Carr follows his debut novel, A Cast of Stones, with another engaging fantasy in the Staff and the Sword series. In A Cast of Stones, Errol and Liam were deemed vital to the kingdom’s future, but no one knew what role they would play when the king died. Errol thinks his troubles are over when the corrupt church leader, Sarin, flees the kingdom, but Errol still has dangerous enemies to face. Now in The Hero’s Lot, with enemies attacking Errol more frequently than Liam, Martin and Luis are sent to Errol’s home village to discover what makes Errol so important to the kingdom. When Errol is falsely accused of working with spirits, his punishment is to find Sarin in the kingdom of Merakh and kill him or to die trying. The Hero’s Lot follows both storylines until they intersect. Some answers are discovered, while others are asked. In some ways, Martin’s journey is more interesting than Errol’s mission, but both are vital to the story. Carr’s sequel is filled with strong characters, a tightly-woven plot, and lots of suspense. Unlike many trilogies where the middle book leaves more questions than answers, The Hero’s Lot answers those questions and yet asks more. It is an edge-of-your-seat epic adventure, with further development in the main characters as the series progresses. As in the earlier book, there is violence but it is not graphic, and there is a romantic development for Errol. The last book of the series, A Draw of Kings, is expected in 2014. If the first two books are any indication, it will be welcomed by readers who have come to expect a well-written fantasy by Carr.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
The Hero’s Lot is the second book in Patrick Carr’s The Staff and the Sword series and it was just as great as the first! Carr is a new and refreshing voice in fantasy and I can’t wait to get my hands on the conclusion to this fantastic series. The story picks up right where we left off in A Cast of Stones. Errol, now Earl Stone, is trying to find is place in Erinon and the church he doesn’t fully trust. The traitor Sarin Valon has fled to Merakh and left chaos and suspicion in his wake. There is word of ferrals throughout the kingdom and the king is growing ever closer to his heirless end. Plans go amok and Errol is placed under compulsion to track down and kill Valon while Luis, Martin and Cruk and sent back to Callowford to discover Errol’s importance. I’m happy to say that The Hero’s Lot did not suffer from middle book syndrome and was a page turner to the end. Errol continues to grow as a character and is supported by a wonderful supporting cast. I was delighted to see a few favorite characters from the first book make their returns as well. The story doesn’t just rely on its action either, there is a healthy bit of mystery included that promises to carry through to the end of the series. My only issue was the romance between Errol and Adora. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and I feel like a little build up would have made it more believable. I would recommend this series to any fantast fan and am eagerly awaiting A Draw of Kings. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*