Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr Blog Tour - Review + Tens List + Giveaway

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The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) by Patrick W. Carr

Title: The Hero's Lot

Series: The Staff and the Sword #2

Patrick W. Carr

Published: 15th July 2013 by Bethany House Publishers

Source: E-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice.

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

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My Review

You know when you a read a series and the first book's amazing but when you get to the long-awaited sequel, it's just a really big let down? Well this is nothing at all like that.

I love fantasy, as I may have mentioned before on many, many occasions, and so I have read a lot of very good fantasy books. A Cast of Stones held so much promise in becoming one of my favourite fantasy series and I am very pleased to say that The Hero's Lot absolutely placed itself high in my list of 'everyone-must-read-this!' books.

All the characters you loved from the first book (and many you loved to hate) appear again in this book and continue to grow and be absolutely amazing! There were a few characters from the first book that we didn't meet until the end and it was great to know more of them and see the different relationships grow and change. I especially loved Martin in this book and how his character changed from meeting the solis. I had mixed feelings about him and how he'd been to Errol but I fell in love with him (not romanitcally of course!) in this book and his meeting with Antil was just fantastic!

The story was wonderful and in my opinion it was perfectly paced. There was enough action/drama/suspense/adventure for me to be hungrily awaiting the next page yet it was also slow enough that I felt so much of the characters and they became as big a part of the story as the plot.

There's not much else I can say about this book, I mean praises can only go so far. It has been one of my reading highlights of the year and the only complaint I have is that the next book isn't expected to be published until next year, which is totally unacceptable because I need it now!

If you like fantasy, read this book. If you don't like fantasy read this book anyway because it could definitely make you fall in love with the genre!

5/5 Whales

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

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love.

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.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

Ten's List with Patrick W. Carr

My Top Ten Fantasy Characters:
1.       Bilbo Baggins
2.       Frodo Baggins
Seriously, you can’t have a fantasy character list without the pair that sets the standard all others are judged by. Even before the blockbuster movies were made, Tolkien was a giant in fantasy fiction.
3.       Aslan
4.       The Pevensie children
“The Chronicles of Narnia” are a wonderful example of how fantasy can be written on two levels. C. S. Lewis did an amazing job of writing wonderful stories that also communicate on an allegorical level.
5.       Thomas Covenant
Stephen R. Donaldson wrote “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” in the mid ‘70’s and defined the quintessential anti-hero. His gritty, edgy story of a leper that gets pulled into a different world sold 6 million copies worldwide.
6.       Pug
7.       Tomas
These are Raymond E. Feist’s two protagonists from his book “Magician.” The whole series is good, but this first book is amazing.
8.       Belgarion (along with all the rest of the characters)
In the early ‘80’s David Eddings wrote the bestselling “Belgariad,” comprised of five books. His characterization is the best I’ve ever read, bar none.
9.       Rand ‘al Thor
The protagonist in the just completed “Wheel of Time” series is a wonderful example of the monomyth. This series is long, very long. There are fourteen books, each of which comes close to a thousand pages, but the story is well worth the time and amazing in its own right: it took twenty-three years and two authors to write.
10.   Harry Dresden
Jim Butcher’s protagonist in “The Dresden Files” is a mix between Phillip Marlowe and Van Helsing and Butcher manages to make it work. The series is definitely for adults, but each book (especially after the first three) is an amped adrenaline rush from start to finish.

- I've had Magician sitting beside my bed for years, I really must get around to reading it! And David Edding's Blegariad is I think one of the first fantasy books I ever read and it hooked me onto the genre completely. Fantastic list, thank you for sharing!

Author Bio - Patrick W. Carr

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.

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