A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1) - Patrick W. Carr

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

By Patrick W. Carr

  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 191 Ratings)
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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1) by Patrick W. Carr

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

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Book Reviews

  • Riveting story like nothing else

    5
    By Randy-IDo
    Maybe things aren't as they seem. This is said to be the first book from this author. From the captivating story, the characters and the fact that I couldn't put the book down (twice, I'll explain), I do wonder how this could be. I read this over a year ago. I finally got book 2 and thought that reading book 1 again was a good idea since I'd forgotten some of the details. It was a wise idea. The second time, I picked up more details than the first. Warning- if you are anything like me, you might read the first chapter or 2 and think "this book is not for me". Push on as it is a story you will never forget. Brilliant storytelling!
  • Cast of Stones

    5
    By Suthernfox
    I couldn't put it down. I've never read anything like it. The storyline was intriguing and also the thread of redemption was so engaging. I can't imagine how fulfilling it must be to write like this.
  • Great book

    5
    By Saucey Cher
    This book was very well written. Had a great plot and story line. Very good characters. It was a real pleasure to read!
  • Best I've read in a long time

    5
    By RenaeC1
    Patrick Carr is my favorite new author. I read through the entire series in about a week and I'm already wanting more. The story is unique, with rich detail and a depth that you don't usually find from new (or even more seasoned) authors. I'd recommend this to anyone, as it's got something for everyone.
  • Wow what a great read!

    5
    By Khutch60
    I haven't written many reviews, but this ranks as one of the best books I've read in a long time. What a great story of courage and redemption.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Their_soccermom
    Couldn't stop reading! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
  • Page turner

    5
    By hlinneypoo
    Excellent first-in-series. I can't wait to read the next one. I was glued to this story. The main character really endears the reader to him.
  • Hooked

    5
    By Mags321
    Great story that is well written. I got totally hooked on the series and can't wait until the third book comes out in 2014. Keep them coming!!!
  • Cast of stones

    5
    By Carolz💓
    Really enjoyed!!!
  • Awsome

    5
    By P@tt¥ m€z@
    This book wa so Awsome it kept me hooked through out the whole thing I really recommend it to people who love fiction it's worth it !! :)

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