Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Cast of Stones {The Staff & The Sword} by Patrick W. Carr

Book Description:  In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them 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.

My Thoughts: Errol Stone is the town drunk, always on the look out for money to get another drink.  So, when he agrees to deliver a letter for the church messenger he doesn't have a clue that this will be life changing errand for him.
Errol and a hermit priest are forced to flee with a band of travelers.  Errol may not be the smartest kid on the block but he does value his life.  And Errol finds that his life does have value.  
The reader must remember that this is christian fantasy . . . so open up your imagination and begin the journey into yesteryear.
This well written story has all the jousting of the Robin Hood era . . . sword fights, devious people, priests, and a king.  All the makings of a great fantasy read!
Then there's the message of redemption.  Never look down on the town drunk for he may be the one God chooses to use for the kingdom!
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
Meet the Author: 
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick's day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches

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