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

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

by Patrick W. Carr

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441261021
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Series: Staff and the Sword Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 223,713
File size: 1 MB

About 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 0 ratings. 116 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
Well written and full of excitement!
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.
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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 More than 1 year ago
This story moves along a good pace. But not to fast to follow the Imaginative story line. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, my son and I have read this entire series several times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fun fast pace read here it is. A warning before you know it you will find yourself hooked and reading the second and third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cast of stones is a remarkable read, draws the reader in wanting, needing more to fill out the destiny of Errol, the main character. If you need a book to fill in you time, a story, an adventure read on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well crafted story of the highs and lows of the heart. Characters have a sense of deprh and history. Well written fight imagery. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Lavay Byrd More than 1 year ago
What an amazing read! I had been very curious about Carr's "The Staff and the Sword" series, but never got around to read it. Finally, I grabbed this book from the library... and found myself "entranced" from beginning to end. I entered a world almost eerily familiar (almost Medieval), but unlike any fictional/fantasy world I've encountered. Yet, I found myself seeing through the eyes of Errol, who is an absolute "unlikely hero" in so many ways (other than his drinking problems), yet, deep within, despite his flaws, lies a hidden gift and strength he is yet to discover. And enemies want him dead. Woven with shady church politics, assassins, hidden agendas, a mysterious choice of who will be king, and the undeniable will of Deas, Carr has written a hero's journey... with an impending battle between forces of good and evil. And this is just the beginning! Very well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young man who starts as a "nothing" and becomes the kingdom's "everything". Through his journey, he resists, as we might, shedding his inner voice of condescension, and rising to the new challenges before him. A wonderfully told tale and a beautiful character in Errol. I could happily spend my time writing a long review of this book - but I'd rather read it again :).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for young and teen readers, as for me an adult I found it too predictable. Over all I would give it 3.5.