By Patrick W. Carr
The destiny of the dominion Awaits the solid of Stones
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted through a church messenger arriving with pressing missives for the hermit priest within the hills. longing for coin, Errol concurs to what he thinks may be a simple activity, yet quickly reveals himself hunted by way of lethal assassins. pressured to escape with the priest and a small band of tourists, Errol quickly learns he's joined a quest that can swap the destiny of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by means of the heirs of the 1st king, the kingdom's dynasty nears its finish and the choice of the recent king begins—but in mystery and shadow. As threat mounts, Errol needs to go away in the back of the stains and griefs of the prior, discover ways to struggle, and notice who's looking him and his partners and the way a ways they're going to visit cease the studying of the stones.
This fast paced fable debut set in a medieval international is a winner. either major and secondary characters are absolutely drawn and endearing, and Errol's transformation from drunkard to hero is easily plotted. Carr is a promising CF writer to observe. lovers of epic Christian fantasies will get pleasure from learning a brand new voice.
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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, Book 1) by Patrick W. Carr