Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is the Stuff of Legends....... Review: A Draw of Kings Patrick Carr

Cover Art
Thank you Bethany House for this review copy.
From the Publisher:
Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun
  "Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom.
  In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.
  A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?"

My thoughts:
He's done it again!  I sat down to read at around seven o'clock Saturday evening.  I forced myself to stop reading at eleven o'clock after reading ten chapters!  He's put a compulsion on me to read!  You know you're reading a master's tale when you find yourself wanting to go back and read the series from the beginning to better understand how all the pieces fit together.

As I was reading this book, I must admit that I savored it.  I cannot tell you how many times I said to my family, "This guy's a math teacher!  How does he write like this?"  My daughter's reading the book right now. I can hardly get her to do anything else!  I completely understand.  When I read this book, my mind traveled to Illustra.  I not only read it, I could see it, I was in it.

If you like fantasy fiction, this is the stuff of legends. ~grin~  My thoughts went to J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  If you've not read A Cast of Stones, start there.  If you have, you already want this book.  The Hero's Lot is second in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.  A Draw of Kings is the third in the Staff and the Sword Series by Patrick Carr.

Read my reviews of the first two books, A Cast of Stones  and The Hero's Lot.
Patrick W. Carr
Meet the author Patrick Carr.
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  1. I haven't read a lot of fantasy fiction other than C.S. Lewis, but I think I have the first book in this series on my e-reader. I'll have to take a closer look at it! Sounds like you really enjoyed it. : )

  2. What a wonderful idea, Laurie! I usually leave my extras at church or at the laundromat. Seven daughters, what a blessed lady you are!
    Happy Holy Week,

  3. I love a good holiday read and this looks like it might fit the bill. Thanks Laura :)

  4. My hubby love fantasy I will tell him about this Laura. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  5. This is the best fantasy series I've read. A Cast of Stones is the first book. It's so good, I'm reading the series again!


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