Review: A Cast of Stones
Author: Patrick W. Carr
Series: The Staff & The Sword #1
Genre: FICT, Fantasy
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.
This has got to be the best fantasy book I’ve ever read. It was captivating and kept me wanting to continually turn the next page to see what was going to happen next. The only thing that I didn’t like was where the author left off the book. Now I have to wait and see what is going to happen for who knows how long.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I think he did an amazing job of writing about a fantasy world. I was eagerly anticipating the release date for this book so that I could read it. Not that I knew what it was about or anything, but the cover told me that it would be an incredible read. I wasn’t wrong.
When Errol Stone is sent to deliver a message to a priest that lived up on a ridge of the mountains, he has no idea that what he is carrying is actually going to be the death of all those that partake of the contents in the bag.
After he has delivered the bag and the message, Errol plans on returning back to the village but is convinced to stay the night at the priest’s hut as it was too late to travel back. As Errol helps prepare the evening meal he finds a drawer full of stone spheres. He is amazed that stone can actually become something so beautiful, so when he picks it up and sees an inscription on it he is all the more amazed.
That’s when he is told that he is a reader. A person that can read and see what others cannot.
That’s all that I’ll tell you about it though. Below is a preview of the first few pages of the book that you can read. This book reminds me a lot of the movie series Legend of the Seeker. It has a similar theme to it.
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