Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr

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Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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.

Hero's Lot is the Sequel to 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.


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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I love this series! One of my all time favorites. Carr has created an amazing world with awesome characters and an incredible story line.  Errol is such a wonderful character, a former drunk turned amazing staff fighter, who has become vitally important in the future of his country. The problem is Errol's friends who are fighting for Illustra's future don't have any idea why.  But Illustra's enemies as well as her own power-greedy politicians want Errol gone and conspire to get him out of the way.  Errol must set off on a seemingly impossible quest with friends and allies determined to keep him alive.  Meanwhile, Martin, Luis, and Cruk try to find out just what makes Errol so important to the kingdom.

I'm not quite sure just why I love this series so much. Is it the fabulous writing? The imagery? The characters? The plot? I think I would have to say, all of the above.  Despite it's length the book reads quickly and everything in the story means something. The intricacies of the story I find amazing with surprises around every corner. Just when I thought I knew where things were headed something popped out to change things.  Lots of excitement, battles at sea, invasions, politics and religious conflict and an impossible quest take the reader on quite the ride.  The religious aspects I found especially fascinating. While the church structure was obviously made up it clearly is based on real-world religion and problems that can plague it, especially when it goes along with political power.  It's a interesting commentary on God (called Deas in the story) and his interactions with people.

All in all a fabulous read and one I can highly, highly recommend.


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