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Favorite Reads #2

Posted by on December 5, 2014

christmas-countdown2This year in reading introduced me to two new books that might become my favorites, we shall see how they end. They made it to my honorable mentions. And this year also brought two of my favorite stories to completion. The Merlin’s Spiral trilogy and today’s favorite read.

Patrick W. Carr’s The Staff and the Sword trilogy. LOVE these books! Epic fantasy, quests, staff fighting, not sure what’s going to happen next. And then boom! And I’m all like what??? Good stuff!

So without further ado:

A Cast of Stones

The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, 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 nears its end and the selection of the new king begins–but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.

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The Hero’s Lot

With the King Near Death, Will the Kingdom Fall?

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt and dangerous church leader, flees the city of Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But he and his friends still have dangerous enemies working against them in secrets and whispers.

In a bid to keep 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, and in that journey they discover amazing new secrets about the workings of Aurae.

Back in Erinon, Errol is unjustly 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, the church leaders place Errol under a compulsion–he must complete his task, or die trying.

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A Draw of Kings

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.

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 at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.

A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?

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Read my review here.

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For a chance to win your choice of my 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown, all you have to do is comment. There will be six posts in all, giving you the chance to enter six times. At the end of the countdown, all names will be placed in a hat and one will be drawn. Winner will be announced December 19th, and he or she will be able to choose from any books mentioned during the 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown.

***A chance to earn extra entries***

Do you know someone who loves fantasy? Who might enjoy one of the novels mentioned in the countdown? Refer them to any one of the countdown posts and have them comment, saying you sent them. You’ll get an extra entry for every person who mentions you by name. There’s only one more Friday left! I will stop accepting entries on Wednesday, December 17th at 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time Zone. It’s been awesome interacting with you all!

Have fun and read responsibly!

Missed a Favorite Reads post?

Honorable Mentions
Favorite Reads #5
Favorite Reads #4
Favorite Reads #3

Have a great weekend!

16 Responses to Favorite Reads #2

  1. Kessie

    I read the first book and really enjoyed it! The other books sound pretty good, if a little helter-skelter. Are they as good/better than the first?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Kessie! Oh…that is tough to say. Book one is my favorite of the three. (The same with the Merlin’s Spiral series, perhaps because it introduces us to to the world and all.) The books are a little helter-skelter, but the third one more so. And that ending? Ha! It was a good ending, once it ended. If you’ve read my review, I went into more detail about it. I wouldn’t say they were better, but they were good. But I could be partial to book one. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. sparksofember

    I have A Cast of Stones but keep forgetting to read it. What’s funny is I got my mom a copy and a month or so ago I had asked her to read a particular book and her reply was that it would have to wait because she had just started A Cast of Stones and it was consuming her existence, it was so good. And my mom’s a reader but not really the obsessively-into-books type so that told me right there it must be really good. A few days later she texted me that she had finished but she was buying the rest of the series asap so the book I had requested was going to have to wait even longer.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Yes, they are quite consuming reads! I’m glad your mom liked them! Hope you get a chance to read it soon. It was an adventure for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Bethany A. Jennings

    I enjoyed “A Cast of Stones” a lot! I didn’t quite get into the second one, though (maybe I just had a sample to read?) but I want to keep reading those sometime.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Bethany, I hope you do! It’s a good series, and I can’t wait to see what Patrick W. Carr is working on next. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Rachael Liankatawa

    I read the first book and enjoyed it but haven’t made it to the others. Way too many books on my tbr list! I enjoy your book reviews. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Rachael! I love reading and sharing it with others. Although, these last few months have killed my reading time. I am hoping to pick it back up in 2015. I hope you get to read the others soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. The Artist Librarian

    I was excited to hear about this series –previously, it seemed like the majority of Christian fantasy was aimed at kids or teens, so I was thrilled to see the genre expanding.. I have book one on my “to read” shelf –hopefully during winter break! =)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I agree! This definitely felt a bit more adult to me. If you get a chance to read it, stop by and let me know how you liked it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Georgina C

    I have A Cast of Stones on my e-reader now! This series definitely caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the series! 🙂

  7. Jenelle Leanne

    These sound very interesting as well. Sounds like you found a lot of neat books this past year!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I did! And I’m already compiling a list for next year with the books I didn’t get to read this year. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Allison Ruvidich

    I’ve only read book one so far… If you recommend them, though, I’ll definitely try the rest of them!

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