Let.me.tell.you. This is not your regular let’s-keep-things-chill middle of a series type book. Good golly, it was anything but! If you haven’t read the first book, Cast of Stones, you need to start there. I think you’ll be skipping to B&N for Patrick W. Carr’s The Hero’s Lot after you do.
Friends, things kept coming up that had me saying “What?!” or “Oh dang son…oh dang!” or “What the fresh Hades just happened?” and often with Errol: “What are you doing???” There was action/drama that kept me wondering what I would find when I turned the next page. It wasn’t overwhelming though, I enjoyed all the plot twists. But let me tell you, things are rollin in the deep.
You know what else there is? Love. I really liked how Carr developed different relationships. That’s all I’ll I say about that. 🙂 There’s some funny lines throughout too.
Not only was this a page turner, I thought the character development was well done. I’m going to miss these people when the series is over! Oaths taken. Lives changed…the list goes on. Plus I’m enjoying the deeper truths in this fantasy novel. One reason I love fiction, you can learn so much about life. Story – it’s powerful.
There’s still so much up in the air too! Here’s the thing, I know how I want this series to end, but I seriously have no idea if it will go my way. Eee…I must know. I MUST!
Do you know how angry I am that I have to wait until February 1, 2014 until the final release? Like I’ve said 887 times… The one downfall to getting hooked on a series early on is the dreaded wait time. But I guarantee come 2.1.14, I’ll be reading A Draw of Kings.
I’m such a fan of this series!!
(I need to admit something Internet. I almost started this review with a reference to Lord of the Rings and then stopped myself. Since I might have mentioned it at least 56 times last week, I’m putting myself on a sabbatical of LOTR references…you know people might think my life revolves around it or something. I should be able to last at least 2 days.)
Oh and here’s the official description:
When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.
In a bid to keep the three of 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. But Errol is also 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, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.
(I received a copy from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. Thank you Bethany House!!)