A great tale! My review of "The Hero's Lot" by Patrick W. Carr

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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.

my review....

Patrick W. Carr returns in fine form with the second book in "The Staff and The Sword" series. The pages are alive with action-packed scenes, stirring drama, and a splash of romance too! Carr has done a masterful job at continuing to develop the character of Errol, a character that inspires loyalty with his painful past and the manner in which he continues to grow and succeed over insurmountable odds. "The Hero's Lot" adds a lot to the series, providing many answers to what is going on in the Kingdom, and hinting at who Errol really is and the future role he will play in determining the fate of the kingdom. The supporting cast of characters continue to be fantastic as well, and I am eager to find out how they will all fare in the third book in the series. The book is quite lengthy, but I felt that the overall pace of the story kept moving along quite well. I do wish that the book included a map of all of the different locations that the characters visit as I would like to clearly visualize who was going where in the story. However, the book is filled with vivid descriptions that allowed me to create the world in my mind...and perhaps that's how the author prefers it!

I continue to enjoy how the story captures the essence of faith, and the parallels to the Holy Spirit and his interaction in the lives of the people in the story particularly interested me. Despite being a fantasy fiction novel, the scenes that I read stirred my faith as well, and I am confident that readers will find a lot to relate to in the midst of this imaginative story.

I strongly recommend this fine addition to the fantasy fiction genre, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Patrick W. Carr

Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at patrickwcarr.com.