Book Review – A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story centers around a very unlikely hero. Eroll is a drunk. His life consists of earning enough coin to spend his nights in the ale barrel. When he is unexpectedly thrust into a dangerous game of crown and church politics he is forced to rise above his weaknesses and become a new man.

I loved the protagonist of this book. We spend the entire story deep in his point of view, which makes him immediately sympathetic, despite his many flaws. Seeing his growth and transformation is a lot of fun.

The book features a very Christian-like religion. The similarity was clearly intentional and nicely done. The “magic system” of the book was closely linked into the theology of the world and draws inspiration from Christian spirituality. I enjoyed learning more about it as details were gradually let out through the progression of the book.

A Cast of Stones features strong characters who I grew attached to, and a thrilling plot. The book ties up its immediate conflicts but leaves plenty of room for sequels. I look forward to reading more in this world.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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2 Responses to Book Review – A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

  1. echooutside says:

    Fantastic review! Sounds like an interesting read, I’ll have to check it out!

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