Friday, January 18, 2013

Cast of Crowns by Patrick W. Carr + Guest Post

A Cast of Stones

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them 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 is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.


Author Patrick W. Carr

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

From  Patrick W. Carr
Top Ten Books I’m Waiting to Read

Okay, I would seriously be reading these right now if I weren’t writing under a deadline.

1.  A Memory of Light, Brandon Sanderson/Robert Jordan. It’s finally here. The last volume to the “Wheel of Time” series that I started with the first novel 23 years ago! It had so better be worth it.

2.  The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher. I kind of messed this up because I read whatever books in the series the library had at the time. Some of the plot lines are a little mixed up in my head, but most of his books are an absolute adrenaline rush.

3.  The Last Dark, Stephen R. Donaldson. This is the final installment of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I still recall how totally mind-blowing it was when I picked up my first Donaldson book in 1979. Amazing stuff.

4.  How to Grow a Novel, Sol Stein. I got this one for Christmas. Thanks Mary! I’m waiting to dive in. I don’t read craft books while I’m in the middle of a first draft. I’m worried it will affect my voice.

5.  Magician, Raymond E. Feist. I read this one years ago and lost my copy. I got my son, Ethan, this book for Christmas. I’m hoping he’ll let me borrow it.

6.   A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin. I read the first book and enjoyed it. When I tried to read the 2nd, I was disappointed in the beginning and set it down. Once I get some free time, I’d like to give it another go, but we’ll have to see.

7.  100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is my oldest son’s favorite book, but to be honest it’s kind of like “Atlas Shrugged.” Something I’ve always wanted to read, but which has intimidated. I finally read Rand’s work this last year, so I’m hopeful I can take the plunge on this one as well.

8.  Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. I’ve seen the movie but have never read the book. Yeah, I know. Bad writer! No donut!

9.  Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome. I’ve heard this is hysterically funny. I hope I can get to it. I need a clone so I can just read. Hmmm, that reminds me of an old “Twilight Zone” episode.

10.  Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler. This is the only Phillip Marlowe story I haven’t read. It just seems wrong not to even out the set. Plus, I’d like to try my hand at a detective story and this guy’s the master.

My Thoughts

I read this book in one night because I could not put it down! I have not read an adult fantasy in a while and I forgot how much I enjoy them! Patrick W. Carr has created fascinating world where are readers who can find out the truth from carved stones and the church basically rules the land. The book starts when Errol, the town drunk, is sent to take a message to the hermits in the woods. Errol is followed and shot at trying to deliver his message but makes it to Martin and Luis' cabin. The chase is exciting and is foretelling of what is to come! It is an exciting book because of Errol's transformation from a wasted youth to a warrior and excellent reader. The transformation does not happen over night but is gradual and makes sense. I especially love that he is terrible at sword fighting and instead can best people with a staff. 
This is an excellent fantasy book! I was sucked in right into Carr's world and characters. Errol is the town drunk at only 19 and drinks to keep the painful memories at bay. He has a wonderful transformation throughout the book and you know that he will become an extraordinary man. He even deals with the jealousy he feels over another boy in the town, Liam, who almost seems like he should be the main character because he is perfect in almost every way. I would love to see things from Liam's perspective and I cannot wait to have the next book! I know several people who will love this book and I plan on buying it asap because I only have the e-book galley.  



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