Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blog Tour: The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr

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The Hero's Lot

Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice.

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.

This is another series that I'm starting in book 2. This was somewhat confusing because I hadn't yet read book 1, A Cast of Stones. There were some significant parts that I felt I didn't fully understand. Towards the end, there's a big reveal and some background was offered but not much so I didn't feel the impact of it like I would have if I had read A Cast of Stones

There are two different journeys happening at the same time. The story started out slow for me and I had to concentrate to keep the two groups separate and figure out who everyone was in relation to Errol. In Errol's group, some of the men were friends and some were foes but they all worked together for a greater purpose and appeared to even become friends. There are lots of twists and turns and just when I thought a character was safe, they would be put in danger again.

I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. There's so much inner struggle and conflict within each of them and I enjoyed reading their insights as they worked through some of their questions. There was also some humor mixed in as well. There is still plenty left to learn, especially the big question--who is the rightful heir to the throne? When it ended, I was left wanting more!

There's action, betrayal, secrets, mystery, humor, romance and violence, so I think it about covers everything. This book is well written and I still found it interesting even though I was lost at certain points. I would highly recommend starting with book 1, A Cast of Stones, before reading this book and because of the violence, I won't have my children read it yet but will wait until they're a little older. I plan to read A Cast of Stones before book 3, A Draw of Kings, comes out (expected in Feb. 2014) and I am looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy! 

My Rating=4 stars (subject to change at a later date!)

Hero's Lot is the Sequel to A Cast of Stones

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.

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