Tuesday, May 21, 2013

{Review} A Cast of Stones (The Staff & the Sword) by Patrick W. Carr

ISBN #: 978-0764210433
Page Count: 432
Copyright: February 1, 2013
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, 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 nears its end and the selection of the new king begins - but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.

Mandy's Review:

I chose to read and review this book from the Bethany House Publishers review program because I do enjoy a fantasy novel every so often ... which has become an acquired taste for me. Unfortunately, I got about 17% into this book and just couldn't go any further. It's not due to the writing or story development as those were on par. I just couldn't lose myself in this story. Part of it may have been due to the length of the novel and my not wanting to take the time to read it. Another part may have been because I had other books/novels I was eager to begin and just kept putting this one aside.

From what I did read, though, I think that the fantasy-genre lovers out there would enjoy this novel. It just apparently was not for me or I would've made it a point to finish reading it.

*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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