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CSFF Blog Tour: A Draw of Kings

Posted by on March 17, 2014

Today begins the CSFF Blog Tour for A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr!

If you haven’t discovered The Staff & The Sword trilogy, now is the time. Book One: A Cast of Stones is free on Kindle and Barnes and Noble. 


As I post this, A Draw of Kings Blog Tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter and presented by Bethany House Publishers is wrapping up today with guest posts, reviews, and more. And a chance for two winners to receive all three books!


Both A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot have been nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award, and the voting begins today! So stop by the Clive Staples Award websiteto learn more!


The final installment in The Staff & The Sword trilogy

Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun.

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they’ve been branded enemies of the kingdom. 

In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra’s destruction?

Where to find it!

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf

Learn more about the author!

Patrick W. Carr’s website and Facebook page

My Thoughts

How do you share your thoughts on the end of a story that has been building since book one, and without giving anything away?

Errol Stone’s journey continues. The back of the cover makes you think that him being imprisoned and the attempt to free him would be the story we are about to read. Oh no. Don’t let that fool you. That’s only the beginning!

Then the rest unfolds as Errol and his companions must split up to prepare to fight the final battle with odds seemingly insurmountable.

The story is huge, complex, and at times, I was slightly confused, but I so wanted to know who would live and who would die. Would it be Liam or Errol?

The characters deepened in many ways, except for Liam. I got a little annoyed with him. He was always perfect and beautiful, and all the characters practically swooned in his presence. But then I tend to go for the underdog.

As the ending came to a close, it should have felt perfect, but it didn’t for me. I felt set up, knowing that I was being set up to “feel” one way, when I knew the truth, yet hoped, yet didn’t want to hope. It is hard to explain. Yet with the final explanation with the remaining characters, the conclusion slid into place for a bittersweet ending that will have me reflecting on Errol’s story for a while.

That said, I love this series and feel that these characters and their story will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Highly recommended!

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review.*


Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers have to say!

Gillian Adams
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Mike Coville
Pauline Creeden
Vicky DealSharingAunt
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Shannon McNear
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Audrey Sauble
James Somers
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Jill Williamson

5 Responses to CSFF Blog Tour: A Draw of Kings

  1. Shannon McDermott

    It’s interesting that you thought the characters overreacted to Liam; I thought they overreacted to Errol. I remember the moments when the characters, as you say, almost swooned, but as a rule they were biased to Errol. Everybody was hoping that Errol would be the one to live, and nobody was much bothered by the fact that that meant Liam would have to die.

    Either way, it was a good book regardless.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Shannon, thanks for stopping by! And it’s just as interesting that you thought otherwise! I think a lot of that depends on our own personal experiences, what we bring to the book when we read. I could relate to Errol. The trials I’ve overcame. I was never the “beautiful” or “perfect” one in the eyes of my peers. I was the opposite, I was bullied, a lot. I had issues that God set me free from. So in Errol, I saw myself. And all the characters reacting to Liam like they did, it just got a little tiresome “he was beautiful” “he was perfect”, etc for me. I think the other characters felt bad for the amount of sacrifice that Errol had already gone through at the hands of the church, and they knew who would die, and that’s what made them hope for a different outcome. I know Adora wrestled the most with wishing life for one, meant death for the other. And the others did as well, but it wasn’t as obvious as hers. Thanks for sharing!

  2. jwilliamsonwrites

    Yeah, Liam was a little too perfect, but that’s likely because we didn’t get to spend much time with him. When an author has that many characters, he has to pick which ones get the most attention. When he gives them all equal attention is when you end up with a 1200-page Sanderson novel, which I don’t think Bethany is prepared to publish. LOL

    I enjoyed your review! And I really liked this sereis as well. Can’t wait to see what Patrick publishes next!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by! That’s a good point, and we did see some imperfections in him. Now, that 1200 page novel is like three books in one, right? I think that would be hard to hold up. 🙂

      Patrick did mention something on Facebook about something new coming up. Can’t wait to see either!

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