Oh! The sad day when a series you really enjoy ends! It’s a bittersweet moment for the book nerd. After all the time and pages you’ve spent with these characters, you’ve been waiting to see how it all ends, but when it finally happens? You’re sad.
Ahh, well…C’est la vie!
And so comes the end of the Sword and Staff series. I’ve enjoyed this series from the beginning. Not only because it’s a creative storyline, but many of the characters captured me right from the start. I was a little nervous diving into the last book, because what if it ruined the whole series??
But…it didn’t! Otherwise this review would have gotten awkward right quick.
Good thing you don’t have to witness my awkwardness internet, because Patrick W. Carr’s A Draw of Kings finished off the series with all kinds of goodness and I hope you get to dive into the world of Illustra soon!
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?
I noticed this book had a touch more Middle Earth/Narnia vibe than the previous two (with some of the characters and creatures encountered throughout the pages), to which I say, yes please! As with any excellent piece of fiction, I also enjoyed the lessons from the characters.
Another favorite part? The secondary characters, especially Rokha (a true and honest friend, who can also kick butt), Cruk, Rale, Luis, Martin…well the whole lot of them.
Also, this book sealed the deal why I kind of adore Errol and Adora. Errol always willing to do what was best for the greater good, no matter the cost. Adora, who was strong and independent, but still devoted to the man she loved. She allowed chivalry to rule, but could pick up a sword to battle for what she held dear. Society can learn a thing from these two. Men, please don’t stop opening doors. It’s not offensive. And women, please don’t stop being strong capable women, but don’t let chivalry die either. When a man holds the door open, gives up his seat, y’all – it’s not meant to offend, but to show respect.
Wow – how was that rabbit trail?
Back to the book right?! I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, if it could end in a way I would like, but Carr did his job well! So as you may have picked up, I really enjoy this series and highly recommend it!
Have you guys read this series? Or what’s your favorite fantasy series?
(Thank you Bethany House for the free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion)
***Through March 2014, the first in the series, Cast of Stones, is free! Grab your kindle and download it!**