Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

A Cast of Stones is Patrick Carr's first novel, and it is a great start to what should be an exciting series. 

In a fictional kingdom located in a mystical land, the king's successor is chosen by lot. But this is not a totally arbitrary process. It is a lot process seen as governed by the Divine, and the will of God is seen as ruling supreme. 

But it is a dark time. A prophecy has predicted that the royal line will end, and it is unknown what this will unleash, but it will not be good. Enter the small village of Callowfield, and the lives of two young men who will in their own ways shape the future of their world. 

Errol Stone is a drunken orphan who has zero ambition in life outside of accumulating enough money to purchase more ale. And yet fate (or in this case God), sometimes chooses the foolish things to confound the wise. Errol, through a fast-paced and fascinating series of events, finds himself smack dab in the middle of the selection process for the next king. He is thrown into the middle of a plot to wrest the throne away by force, and in the midst of trial finds that he has talents and gifts that have lain dormant and undiscovered because of his orphan status and drunken condition. 

You find yourself cheering for Errol as he sobers, becoming a man of integrity and character, and becoming selfless in his choices and loyalties. 

The story is excellent, and the writing is superb. I would highly recommend this first installment and will be waiting with anticipation for the next book to be published. 

I give A Cast of Stones 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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