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‘A Cast Of Stones’ Book Review February 19, 2014

downloadTitle: A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword book 1)

Author: Patrick W. Carr

My Rating: 5/5

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book to read it. What I found was a delightful surprise. With an entirely  unique spin to the typical story of kings, adventure, sword fights, and quests, this book grabbed my attention and had me hooked to the very end.

Errol Stone has no idea of the amazing talent and potential that he possesses. He sees himself as almost anyone else does. As  a drunk. However, when someone offers to pay him for delivering a message, he quickly accepts, thinking that the money would help him to purchase more ale. What follows this seemingly simple task is an unforgettable, and unpredictable adventure that will change his heart, and his destiny.

I absolutely loved the setting of this book. Carr did an excellent job at painting a vivid picture of Errol’s surroundings that helped me to become much more engaged in the plot. The time and culture in which this story occurs drew me in quickly and easily. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the way in which Errol’s character matures, changes and learns throughout the book. This made him seem so much more real and believable. I soon became very attached to his character, and found myself rejoicing in his victories and grieving over his trials.

My only negative remark in regards to this otherwise wonderful masterpiece would be that at times I felt that particular characters entered and left the story far too quickly, leaving little time for them to truly become developed or contribute much to the plot. I found myself waiting for them to somehow be worked back into the story, thinking that they had left far too abruptly, but they never did. However, this is only the first book in the series, so perhaps Carr plans to reunite the characters in a later book.

Over all, I would say that this creative, engaging and wonderfully written book is one that I would most definitely recommend, and greatly enjoyed!

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘the Orphan King’ Book Review October 3, 2012

Title: the Orphan King (Merlin’s Immortals Book One)

Author: Sigmund Brouwer

Date I Finished Reading: October 2,2012

My Rating:4/5

Imagine, you have been enslaved in a monastery to abusive monks for eight years. You carry a secret and a glorious destiny. However, you know fulfilling your destiny will require risking everything… including your life. This is the predicament that eighteen year-old Thomas finds himself in. When he sums up the courage to flee the monastery, there is no turning back. With his mismatched team that includes a knight, pickpocket, and beautiful Isabele, he sets out to retrieve what is his.

This book was an engaging read. The author did an excellent job at keeping your attention and making you anxious to read more. The plot was well thought-out and the characters were very well-developed. My only complaint would be that at times the story became a bit confusing, and hard to follow. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to you. I am very excited about book two, which will be released in February, 2013.

I recieved this book free from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here:http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-King-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349287344&sr=8-1&keywords=the+orphan+king