By Patrick W. Carr
The destiny of the dominion Awaits the solid of Stones
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted through a church messenger arriving with pressing missives for the hermit priest within the hills. longing for coin, Errol is of the same opinion to what he thinks might be a simple job, yet quickly reveals himself hunted by means of lethal assassins. compelled to escape with the priest and a small band of tourists, Errol quickly learns he's joined a quest that may switch the destiny of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by means of the heirs of the 1st king, the kingdom's dynasty nears its finish and the choice of the hot king begins—but in mystery and shadow. As hazard mounts, Errol needs to depart at the back of the stains and griefs of the previous, discover ways to struggle, and detect who's searching him and his partners and the way some distance they are going to visit cease the examining of the stones.
This fast paced fable debut set in a medieval global is a winner. either major and secondary characters are totally drawn and endearing, and Errol's transformation from drunkard to hero is easily plotted. Carr is a promising CF writer to observe. lovers of epic Christian fantasies will get pleasure from learning a brand new voice.
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It was still cold enough to show your breath, but any thing was better than the stale, fetid air of my burrow under the floor. I stretched and inhaled and felt half-human. My other half was itching, stinking, and squinting to keep out the painful glare of sunlight on snow. But I wasn’t greedy. “What’s the matter with you? ” Durgan held the white tunic close to his brawny chest, as if planning to withhold it until I had confessed my secret sin. “I’ve slept enough for ten men, I’ve not had a lash in seven days, and yesterday’s meat was only half gristle and not quite off.
Always lay the meat across the bread. Never look the guests in the eye. Slaves have been killed for looking into a guest’s eyes . . . and they were not such eyes as the ones I had just glimpsed. Did he know I had recognized him? Did he know it was possible, that there were those of us in the world who had been trained to see what he carried within him? How ever crippled I was, however lost, however removed from the person I had once been and the life I had once lived, I could still recognize a demon.
Yet such reasoned arguments held no sway when I crouched naked in the dark and tried so des perately to lose myself in sleep. Well, we can always bear more than we believe possible. 46 Carol Berg By the second day from the execution feast, I was sleeping again, though not peacefully. I received three rounds of food and water, and thus I believe three days passed before Durgan dropped his ladder to me again. Though I had regained my composure, I was up the ladder almost before it touched the floor.
A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, Book 1) by Patrick W. Carr