The End of the Magi: A Novel

The End of the Magi: A Novel

by Patrick W. Carr

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Overview

Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel creates a select group of men who will count down the calendar to the arrival of Israel's promised king. Centuries later, as the day nears, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are put to death by a ruthless Parthian queen.

Having grabbed only a few possessions, Myrad escapes the city, and searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, he tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is hiding secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable traveler, an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can't forget and the promise that the world will never be the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764234910
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 401,067
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Darkwater Saga and The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. The Shock of Night won the 2016 INSPY Award for Speculative Fiction. Patrick teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.

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The End of the Magi: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Phyllis_H 3 months ago
A fascinating story! The adventure Myrad embarked on as he fled from the wicked queen who killed the magi to gain her throne was thought-provoking and insightful. I have participated in decades' of Bible studies and read a multitude of fictional works surrounding the life of Jesus. Yet it seemed that every other page I read in The End of the Magi, I was saying "I didn't know that" or "I hadn't thought about that". The approach Patrick W. Carr took to tell the story of the magi and how and why they journeyed is different from any I've seen before and yet completely true to scripture. I love when I learn from the novels I read! Especially when the information integrates cleanly into the story so it is almost not like learning at all. The End of the Magi was filled with historical information that was new to me and was not forced at all. The historical facts I learned as I read were fascinating. Yes, I did look up some things because I wanted to know how much was fact and how much was fiction. I now know far more about the Parthians than I had before! And I have a beautiful sense of the terrain the magi would have traveled through and what the journey could have been like. I enjoyed the depictions of the activity of the merchants at the oasis. It was quite a different picture than the image I had in my head and seems to make much more sense. One of the most touching scenes was where Elias, the merchant, found it possible to obtain a copy of the Torah. The deep emotion he experienced and the reverence he showed for God's word was both tender and convicting! With many versions of the Bible in my house and several more on my phone, it is easy to forget what an incredible gift God's word to us is! Those familiar with the prophecies in Daniel about the 69 weeks from the time the declaration to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah may be fascinated by the concept of the magi keeping a calendar to watch for these events as I was. I was especially intrigued by the way they were so confused when the star appeared 30 years too early based on their tracking! The End of the Magi has the best of Biblical fiction. Adventure, history, oodles of research, and a deep reverence for God's word that flows off the pages. If you enjoy reading stories that make the events of the Bible come alive and touch your heart, be sure to pick up a copy. Read my review of The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Changed-by-Christ 1 days ago
Patrick W. Carr’s books have been on my radar for quite some time, but I’ve not gotten the chance to read any of them…until now. Really, I am so very glad that I got this chance to try one of Carr’s books. That being said, what was it that I liked about this read? The writing. Bein’ honest, I went into this book thinking that it would be boring and I’d have to force myself to read it. That didn’t happen. From the very first chapter, I was hooked on Carr’s writing style, his amazing way of drawing readers in with details and dialogue, not just action. From the very beginning of this book, I could not put it down because of Carr’s wonderful writing. The characters. When I first began reading, I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, he was real and clumsy and awkward and a bit naive and I didn’t really like that. Honestly, he grew on me though. I began to see myself in him a bit and came to realize that it’s okay to have characters that are just as real as us. So, yes, I loved the characters. Not at first I didn’t, but they grew on me and when the book was over, I didn’t want to leave them. The whole plot. I was intrigued by a story centered around the magi the visited Jesus after He was born. I was very curious to see how Carr portrayed them and how he wrote their journey. That journey they took in this book? it was NOTHING like I expected. It was filled with so much more adventure and intrigue and it was better than anything I ever could have expected. So, yes, the whole plot of this book is wonderful. Lastly, the lessons. One of the main lessons throughout this book was that God uses us no matter our abilities or looks or whatever. This was a lesson I really appreciated and could relate to. I loved the way that Carr handled it, without sounding cliche or just repeating what everyone else has said. The lessons sprinkled throughout this book are oh so true and valuable and I learned a lot from them. So, have you figured out that I like this book yet? I can’t leave, though, without sharing with you my favorite scene from the book. Imagine a big group of travelers, weary from being on this multiple month long journey, weary from the hardships and battles they’ve fought. They finally get to where the mysterious star has been directing them for those many months and they are met by the Savior of the world as a small child. There are no more word I can use to explain it, that scene especially was so powerful. I was crying. Read this book, I don’t think you can walk away unchanged. **I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher but was in no way required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.**
Erin_Slocum 3 days ago
My Thoughts on The End of the Magi: This is such a poignant tale made more so by the season in which we’re embarking. I normally have a hit and miss relationship with Biblical fiction. Some I love and some not so much. This one was amazing! If you’re wanting to read something pertaining to the Christmas season then this is a great book for you. It’s the years coming up to the birth of Christ and what might have been going on during this time. Journey forth through toil and danger. Find your life threatened and look over your shoulder with every step you take. It sounds like a modern-day mystery except it’s set back over 2000 years ago! I loved this take on the Christmas story and a perspective we don’t normally even think about. It’s a great story that I had a hard time putting down. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical read even if you’re not a huge fan of Biblical fiction this one is unique. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Fascinating Historical/Biblical Fiction The End of the Magi, by Patrick W. Carr, has all the elements of an outstanding novel: an intriguing plot line, engaging characters, danger, romance, drama, suspense, and surprises along the way. The protagonist, a young magi apprentice, flees for his life as he searches for the fulfillment of a promise. I couldn’t wait to turn each page to see what would happen next! References to prophesies in the book of Daniel and rich historical background add depth to the story. This is a fascinating and well-written book; I highly recommend it!
tickmenot 5 days ago
And Wise Men Came from the East…. At last, Myrad has had a prophetical dream, his key to becoming a Magi—an elite and powerful group that advises the king. Suddenly, the Queen slaughters the Magi including his adopted father. Myrad doesn’t know which will kill him first, the murderous solders pursuing him, or the desert he is forced to make his escape in. He goes through thrilling circumstances with unfriendly characters while he tries to piece together his father’s cryptic last words. Myrad, disabled and unaccepted, now with a price on his head, refuses to give up the quest. Astonishingly, he nightly sees a brilliant star that others do not. Because of that, he ends up being part of a group that visits a small baby in lowly surroundings. This amazing book tells the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the Wise Men. Despite being puzzled by the humble conditions of the child, these men remain true to the prophesies, and hail him as a king. Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection are all seen through their perspective. This exciting account has mystery, thrills, romance along with the greatest story ever told. All of these things are told in an upright way that does not degrade the story of Jesus. You won’t want to put this one down without finishing it! I highly recommend this 5+ star book to any who would like to consider what it might have been like for the mystery men….those “who came from the East.” Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The End of the Magi, for the purpose of review.
MeezCarrie 6 days ago
The End of the Magi brings to life an unfamiliar aspect of the familiar Christmas story – in such a way that you’ll never view the magi or their gifts the same way. I confess that the magi are usually sort of an afterthought for me as I reflect on Advent & the Nativity. But in Carr’s new historical fiction, the magi become men with hearts and souls and dreams. Particularly dreams. The author’s imagining of what could have happened in the magi’s journey feels rooted in solid research, giving it plausibility and imploring the history geek in me to learn more about what transpires over the course of Myrad’s determination to follow the star & find the King. Myrad is a wonderful protagonist, the perfect one for this story. He is authentically flawed but stronger than he thinks he is, yet – at first glance with his weak form & club foot – he seems the least likely to do great things. But, isn’t that just like God? “It’s almost as if God takes delight in accomplishing His end in the most unlikely way possible…” Bottom Line: The End of the Magi is captivating and soul-stirring. While it gets a bit long in the middle, you still won’t be able to put it down because you are fully engaged with the characters. A fascinating creative look at men who only get a few sentences to their name in Scripture yet undoubtedly endured a long journey to find the King. Love the dual meaning of the title as well (hint: I quoted one meaning above.) Not your average Christmas read – and that’s a good thing! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Kristi_D 7 days ago
Myrad is the adopted son of a Hebrew magi in ancient Persia. After having a dream of a star in the sky that didn't move throughout the night, Myrad is brought into the order of the magi, just in time for a massacre. Barely escaping, Myrad now must outrun his pursuers while also attempting to discover the meaning of his dreams about the star and the prophecy of the Hebrews Messiah that his father taught him about. With Christmas looming, I loved the idea of reading a book about the advent of Christ from the perspective of the magi that visited Him not long after his birth. This book really hit the spot, easing me into the season. With great characters and some fun relationships, following the star with Myrad was an adventure that highlighted some important Biblical truths. Myrad himself is a decent protagonist, young and inexperienced, learning everything around him along with us. He has a clubfoot, which gets in his way quite often. Walagash is now one of my favorite characters ever. And the relationships between Myrad and Walagash, Roshan, and Aban are enjoyable to watch develop along the way. One of the main reasons for 4 stars, instead of 5, is that there was a lot of politics in the book, which is the main thing that caused the story to drag in parts. It does make sense, given the state of the empires in that region at the time. But it wasn't terribly interesting to read the characters discussing it. (Warning: the following paragraph contains spoilers.) What I loved most about the book, though, was that it went past the birth of Christ to the real root of Christianity--His death and resurrection. We see the rift form between those Hebrews who believe that Jesus is the Messiah and those who don't, because he didn't conquer the Romans like they thought he should (or because he died and they left before his resurrection). And when the magi who stayed in Jerusalem even after the resurrection because they felt there was more for them there got exactly what they were looking for, they left changed. For me in particular, the book really drove home the importance of trusting that God's way is the best way, even when we can't see what He's doing. It's a reminder that He can and does use anyone He chooses for his plans, even those people who think that they are worthless--even those people who don't follow Him. We can only do our part and accept His will in our lives, and in this, we can have peace in stressful times. This has been really important for me lately. While this book could easily be pigeon-holed as a Christmas book, it is so much more than that. I recommend it for all fans of Biblical fiction. In truth, I think it should be read by anyone who enjoys historical fiction or quest-driven stories, because the message contained within is important and should be heard by everyone. Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for providing me a copy of this book to review.
Bookworm_Debbie 10 days ago
This is an incredible biblical novel! I have always loved the story of the magi visiting Mary, Joseph, and the child Jesus. I have never looked into the history of where they came from though. This book goes into the history of the magi. Either in his newsletter or on social media the author gave some information on the research he did in preparation for writing this book. That gave me a feeling of confidence that the story is built on historical fact. The characters are extremely well developed. I was able to understand their emotions as they moved through the story. I was completely caught up in the action throughout the book. I definitely felt the awe right along with Myrad and the others when they finally found the place the star led them to. The descriptions about how the merchant caravans worked and the fighting techniques of their guards were wonderful. Many times I was able to visualize what was taking place. I love the fact that I read this book in November. It has really gotten my mind ready for the Christmas season. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 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.*
Kathae 10 days ago
Read this book now! Author Patrick W. Carr excellently describes the account and the significance of the Messiah's coming, death, and resurrection through the eyes of an apprentice magi. It was just amazing to experience the Biblical prophecies of the Messiah as they happened. And, true to Scripture, not everyone got it, in spite of living it. Myrad was such a survivor. Though born into difficult circumstances, he takes full advantage of the opportunities he is given to make the most of any situation, and thereby his life. He was a great example of learning well, and applying his knowledge appropriately. He was easy to sympathize with, but even better, he was a character that was easy to like and admire. Carr did a great job of interpreting the geography of the region, the many cultures that were represented, and the political situation of the day, and how that affected Myrad and his companions. If you can read this book at Christmas time, that is great, but the story is epic and can be enjoyed throughout the year. It is also a story that will be enjoyed equally by men and women. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
dlvandruff 12 days ago
Myriad has listened to the teachings of Isaiah and Daniel for as long as he can remember. He is an apprentice to the Magi. His adopted father has taught him a lot. But his father and other Magus were struck down by a wicked king. Myriad is on the run, as much as he can having been born with a club foot. He finds shelter in the company of a merchant and his traveling household. Myriad has had dream since his youth. He has dreamed of the birth of the Messiah. He can see the bright star. It seems like only the Magus have been given this gift. No, not everyone sees the star. Through many travels, dangers and adventures Myrad has finally been to see the baby. He is in awe of the child. Years later he discovers that he has not learned all of the prophecies. His father was killed before he could be taught. He can feel in his heart that something phenomenal is to happen. This is a wonderfully written account about the life of the Magus. Definitely worth reading!
Faye_reviews 14 days ago
When the King's favor turns against his Magi, killing Myrad's father, it unleashes a chain of events that send Myrad on a journey that will leave him forever changed. A step in a slightly different direction for author, Patrick Carr, who I am familiar with as an epic fantasy writer, in The End of the Magi, he delves into the time before Christ was born, showing the political tensions and unrest of a world in need of a Saviour. Myrad is a newly appointed Magi, who has been dreaming of a luminous star that calls to him. After his father's death he finds himself at a loss, not knowing who to trust or where to turn, with the wrath of the Queen's soldiers after him. On the journey he faces attacks, betrayal, and also finds friends that become like family. Myrad shows a keen mind with a wisdom beyond his years, I admired his devotion to his mission, and determination to not let physical obstacles get in his way, as well as his honesty about his weaknesses. Overall a well written high stakes journey, that imagines what it might have been like to follow the star, risking it all in a explosive political atmosphere, for the promise of the King. A story of courage, faith, and hope, just in time for Christmas. Multiple colorful characters, well researched, and daring. Great for fans of Biblical fiction and of Mr. Carr's worldbuilding skills! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LibMom 14 days ago
When we hear the word "Magi," typically thoughts of Christmas and the three kings come to mind or O.Henry's famous story "The Gift of the Magi." We don't often think about how the individuals who were part of the group of people called "Magi" actually played a significant role and were important to their culture. When Patrick Carr's newest book The End of the Magi popped up on my reading list, I immediately jumped to the connection with Christmas but as I read the book, I discovered it was so much more. Patrick Carr delves into the story of the Magi, and one apprentice specifically, well before the birth of Christ. This allows Carr to provide a very detailed account of the Magi, their role in society, and how they came to follow the star. Granted, The End of the Magi is fiction, but Carr has invested time in research as well. The story follow apprentice Magi Myrad from his initial dream regarding a star to the time when the star stops and he finds what he has sought. However, The End of the Magi does not end there. Carr picks up the story of the Magi again 30 years later and interjects them into the events of Holy Week as well. This part of the story brings the Magi full circle and provides insight into Carr's choice of title as well. The End of the Magi is a great book to read around Christmas given who the main characters are and their final destination. However, it is a book that could be enjoyed at any time of the year given Carr's excellent writing and research. I found that Carr's story emphasizes that most people of this time period, including the Magi, expected the Messiah to overthrow Rome. This reminder is important. While not necessarily a book for children, The End of the Magi is appropriate for high school and up and perhaps to be read aloud to junior high. As such, it might fit the age group that has outgrown Arnold Ytriede's excellent Advent books but are still looking for a Christmas read-aloud. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The End of the Magi via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.
Sheliass 15 days ago
There are few books I read more than once but The End of the Magi by Patrick Carr is a story I plan to read annually to kick off the Christmas season. Myrad, a young Persian orphan, adopted by respected Hebrew magi, tells his father about his dream of a star. What he doesn’t know is other magi have shared the same dream. The magi are king-makers which make them powerful. Before reading this book, I never realized the magi might have different motives for following the star. The author creates believable characters with distinct personalities and ambitions. Magi are forbidden to lie, but they can be clever in their responses to questions. Before Myrad can be appointed into the ranks of the magi as an apprentice to his adopted father, there is an incident in the throne room which sets Myrad off on an adventure. Myrad faces many obstacles on his quest: he’s clubfooted, the wrong race, and he's a danger to the ruling empire. I don't want to give away too much, but it's a story of friendship, love, perseverance, and reward. Myrad often wonders why God would choose him to be a magi. The end of the story is just the beginning. If your heart isn’t touched, you are missing something
ARS8 15 days ago
I love history and seeing all the moving parts of the contemporaries as they live and rule in the place of time that they are born into. We know of the greats, but what of the others that did not have their named marked down in history? Author Carr has taken the mystery and majesty of the story of the Magi, the Wise Men, the three kings, etc. and has given us quite an adventurous story of political intrigue and the powers that were in charge at the time. Not only around Jesus's birth, but well before and after. The prophesy of the coming Messiah and the ones who were looking for him in the east has always intrigued me, and this star that they saw. I have had many questions about that star like was there anyone else looking for it? What kind of phenomenon was it? The author gives a good explanation on it and definitely some food for thought. Besides the adventure, there was also a little bit of romance, which surprised me and again, I really liked that we get the start of the story all the way back at Daniel's time and the story continues on. This was a different Christmas read but one that was exciting and full of wonder. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Pattistep 17 days ago
This book is NOT your typical retelling of the account of Jesus’ birth. This is not the “manger scene” that’s so familiar to all of us. This is not the Christmas story with all the pretty things we associate with it. It is, however, a rather gripping story about the Magi and their journey to follow the star to find the King of Kings. This story is not always easy to read. The author has taken quite a few historical facts and shows us just how difficult the political landscape was in the times surrounding Jesus’ birth, and how that turbulence often turned to violence and murder. This book focuses on Myrad, a young man who has just become a magus. The evening of his first meeting with the magi, the political boiling pot overflows and many of the Magi are murdered, including Myrad’s esteemed father. Myrad himself begins a perilous journey of escape, but also one of seeking to find the meaning of the dreams he’s had about a bright star, unlike any other, appearing in the sky. His faith in God is all he has as he seeks to find the meaning of the dream and how that fits into God’s purpose for his life. He has become a “Keeper of the Calendar” that began back in the days of Daniel to keep track of prophecy about the Messiah being fulfilled. This sweeping story takes the reader from the days of Daniel to the events in Acts Chapter 2. There were times I had to re-read something for clarification or refer back to chapters I’d already read. But that was fine, because this book was well worth reading. It gave me a whole different view of what was happening in the world when Christ was born. This is a clean story, with no bad language or inappropriate scenes. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Gloria_Moseley 18 days ago
Patrick W. Carr presents to us "The End of the Magi," a work of Biblical historical fiction that dares to tackle the story behind those wise men who journeyed to visit the newly born Jesus of Nazareth. The focal character, Myrad is a club foot young man who has been adopted into the family of one of the Magi. He finds himself fleeing for life while simultaneously pursuing that long awaited goal of the Magi, to see the coming Messiah. The metaphoric use of an adopted, club foot child who is pursuing the Messiah cannot be lost on the reader. For those who appreciate Biblical historical fiction, I would strongly encourage the reading of this book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Christy41970 20 days ago
I hope that the Christmas season is a season you use to grow closer to Christ, who is the reason for the season. Yes, we know He wasn’t born December 25, but it’s not the day that is important. What’s important is that Christ was born. His birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. And the Old Testament is where The End of the Magi begins. It begins with Daniel’s prophecy from God regarding the time the Messiah would come and the magi were given the task of counting the days. The End of the Magi is a book that will really give you a new understanding of the magi. When you think of the magi, you probably think of “We Three Kings” and gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I am a Christian, I was raised in a Christian home and attended Christian school, yet that’s what I think of too. I picture camels carrying the three wise men across the desert to offer gifts to the new king…like that was their job. It wasn’t. The magi were much more than I ever thought they were. Though this is Christian historical fiction, the magi were real. Though much of the story is based on the author’s imagination, much of it is not. I enjoyed reading this story about Myrad, the magi, Walgash (whom I pictured as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark!), and the entire cast of characters. Their journey throughout the book isn’t just a physical journey; it’s a spiritual journey for many of the characters as well. I loved so many things about The End of the Magi. The facts I’d never known, the things I’d never imagined…it made me think. This is a book you’ve got to read. I think it will take you deeper in your understanding of just how perfect God’s plan is. I wish that I could convey all of the feelings The End of the Magi left me with. Read it, and you’ll understand. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book. All opinions are mine. I was not required to leave a review here. This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.
Librarycataloger 23 days ago
As I read this book, I found myself turning to my Bible and I also 'googled' to see what was fact and what was fiction. It is very apparent that Patrick W. Carr has devoted a lot of time to research this book that relates the prophet Daniel's prediction as to when the Messiah would be born. The book begins in 537 BC Babylon and readers are given a story of danger, adventure, and deep faith, as the Magi, or wise men, begin their watch. The End of the Magi centers on Myrad and his dream that shows a huge star that appears to be stationary in the sky. It is as his journey continues, made more difficult because of his club foot, that he continues to dream and it is in one dream that he is told "Behold", the voice said, "the promised one has been born."' The Last of the Magi is filled with historical details and Bible scripture but Carr also adds wonderful human interest. I was especially touched by the description of the Magi finally meeting Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus and reading Mary's explanation of all that had occurred. I also enjoyed seeing Myrad emerge from being very self-conscious about his club foot to a confident man who had found the Messiah and also the love of a young woman. But it his witnessing The Day of Pentecost and hearing Simon speak in his native Persian language that brought me to tears. That night, as he gathered with his friends and they shared the bread and the wine, Myrad wondered 'Would anything be ordinary again?' After reading this book, I know that I won't because this book has increased my understanding of all of these events. The End of the Magi is a must-read for those who enjoy biblical fiction! I received a copy of this book from Bethany House but I wasn't obligated to leave a positive review. This are my own thoughts.
SBMC 24 days ago
"God's leading isn't always as obvious as having His messenger show up in the middle of your afternoon prayers. Sometimes He whispers so softly to your heart, you scarcely know He's spoken." This is actually the first book by Patrick W. Carr that I have read and I am completely mesmerized. This book is a bit different from the speculative novels that the author is known for; it's a well-researched and captivating Biblical fiction centered around prophecies of Jesus' birth and the magi eagerly awaiting the Messiah's triumph, also foretold by the faithful prophets of old. The writing is intense and splendid, and it draws you into the heart of the political and religious unrest in the Persian Empire, as well as the Roman Empire. The protagonist is an unlikely hero, a club-footed Persian apprentice adopted by a Hebrew magus in the capital of the Persian Empire. Myrad, despite his physical handicap, is intelligent, truthful, humble, loving, and loyal. As he reluctantly inherits his adoptive Hebrew father's lifelong task to keep the calendar according to the old prophecies, Myrad encounters danger, betrayal, adventure, true friendship and kinship and acceptance, hope and even love. Even in the midst of his doubts and uncertainty, Myrad works to spread the word of the One True God in a pagan and pluralistic world. The story spans majority of Myrad's adult life and it will bring fresh insight into God's plan of salvation finally unfurling with the birth of Jesus and exploding across the nations with His death and resurrection. All fans of Biblical fiction will absolutely love this book. It's a must read, especially as we approach the season of Christmas. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
amybooksy 24 days ago
The End of the Magi is the first Patrick Carr novel I have ever read. I liked this book. It tells the story of Myrad, who follows the star with other Wise Men to see the birth of the baby Jesus. It continues on to the days when Jesus dies. I enjoyed getting into this tale. It was interesting to read how the author envisioned the times. I give The End of the Magi four stars. I would love to read more Biblical Fiction like this one by Patrick Carr in the future. This one is a great addition to add to a reader’s Christmas list. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Ian_Acheson 27 days ago
This was a quite a shift away from Carr's usual fantasy stories but The End of the Magi used all the elements we've come to love in a Carr novel. He takes the reader deep into the heart and place of his stories so in The Magi we get to experience the nomadic merchant life of historical biblical times, so that we are almost able to smell the camels, taste the saltiness of the desert sand and feel the oppressive nature of the desert heat. He gives us wonderfully developed characters. Myrad, who tells the story, has a disability which he initially allows to restrict him but he learns to accept his club foot as not a limitation as he follows the prophesy of the book of Daniel to discover who will be the saviour of the Israelites. Roshan, a precocious teenager, matures into a generous and loving adult (don't want to share a spoiler) with a directness and courageousness that is tremendously endearing. Roshan's father, Walagash, the savvy merchant is similarly a loyal and trusted confidant. But this is Myrad's story and we see his journey of faith and trust in God grow as he experiences the hand of God in protecting him on numerous occasions plus the revelation of Daniel's prophecy. The story is a slow-burn with a consistent pace that mirrors the pace of a merchant caravan moving from town to town and the many conflicts the group is challenged by throughout their long journey. I hope this isn't the last we see of Carr's deviation away from fantasy stories. Here he takes the biblical story of the Magi and presents a fictional account of the lives of the men who were to meet the newborn Jesus and present him with those superlative gifts we sing about in Christmas carols. As the Christmas season is fast approaching I'd encourage readers to check out The End of the Magi to broaden their view of these significant contributors to the nativity story. I received a complimentary e-book copy from Bethany House via Netgalley with no presumption of a positive review.
Randi_AMDFT 28 days ago
As the holidays draw closer, I find myself trying to fill my TBR pile with more holiday inspired tales. And let's be honest, that mostly means a variety of inspirational tales and holiday romances. When I heard about The End of the Magi, I thought it would be a great addition to my holiday reading list. I loved this idea of getting a different perspective about the nativity and more specifically the wise men. I really looked forward to it, and hoped I would enjoy it as much as other reviewers had too. Unfortunately, I just really struggled to get into this one. While I generally enjoy historically fiction, I am finding that perhaps this Biblical type historical fiction just may not be my cup of tea. Still, just because I personally could not get into this book doesn't mean that it was a bad book. It had many great things going for it: it was well written and well researched and truly a unique story that those who are into Biblical fiction will likely enjoy! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
caribougirl 3 months ago
I took a chance on this book because it was endorsed by a couple of authors that I enjoy reading and the concept absolutely fascinated me..... what if Daniel remained in Babylon to prepare the Magi for the coming of the Messiah? It put such a cool spin on the story of the wise men who came to visit the Christ Child. I really enjoyed this take on some familiar Bible passages and had me digging into Daniel for the prophecies as well. It also gave me pause to consider just how far the magi travelled when following the star. I will never read their story quite the same again! This book follows Myrad, one of those who followed the star. I loved how God came through for him miraculously time and again, providing for him when he thought he was done for. Myrad was a rather likable character, very clever and very relatable. As a person born with a club foot, he understood persecution as well as the need to overcome more than the average person. His curiosity was his gift and brought him to the places that he found himself. The amount of adversity he overcame in this novel in order to seek out the Messiah was immense, but sometimes we are called to do similar things in our quest to be Christ-like as well. I had a bit of a struggle at first in this book as Mr. Carr's writing style is different than I typically read, but once I got settled in to this book, it took on its own cadence and that became a non-issue. I would recommend this one to fans of biblical historical fiction. Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was not required to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.