Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr (The Staff and The Sword Series)

I'm so glad my net is back! I am a wee bit later posting this than I would like to be! :(
The first book in this series is A Cast Of Stones. That was a wonderful book, and what fun to be able to put it down and pick up this one and just keep reading! PLEASE do read the first book first. This isn't a stand along second novel, but a continuation of a really good series!

Errol has had so very much happen in his life so far! He's found out he had talents he had no idea about, and had quite an epic journey of growth, learning and development in the first book. Now he has many enemies, and several of them want him dead.Padre Martin, and Luis are sent back to his home town. They are in search of what makes Errol, an orphan and thus a Stone, so important to the Kingdom. And to complicate matters, Errol's been convicted of consorting with spirits! HA! Nothing like that, but now Errol is under *another* compulsion. (Really I feel for this boy growing into a man going through a compulsion again!)
He has to go into enemy territory, to Merakh. His compulsion, his mission, is to find Sarin Valon and kill him. If Errol can survive this, he is really growing into a man, and there is a specially interesting girl. Hummm!

Girls aside, the Kingdom is in trouble and that kind of trouble isn't cured over night. Errol's life is getting more complicated. There are new people, ones who follow Aurae and not just whatever the church happens to say. They feel that it is not an issue to cast lots, but that the power of Deus and Aurae is stronger than all else.

I seriously await the third book in this series!

Carol :)

About the Book:

With the King Near Death, Will the Kingdom Fall?
When Sarin Valon, the corrupt and dangerous church leader, flees the city of Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But he and his friends still have dangerous enemies working against them in secrets and whispers. 

In a bid to keep 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, and in that journey they discover amazing new secrets about the workings of Aurae.

Back in Erinon, Errol is unjustly 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, the church leaders place Errol under a compulsion--he must complete his task, or die trying.

About 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.
You can follow Patrick on FB HERE.
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. (And I am so glad I did!) 

A Cast of Stones - 
The Hero’s Lot
Author Website

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