Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: A Cast of Stones (+Giveaway)

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.

A Cast of Stones
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 432 (ebook)
Part of Series: The Staff and the Sword #1
Purchased: Review for tour
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I'm all in for epic fantasy so i really couldn't say no to this one.

I'll admit that when i started reading A Cast of Stones, it tired me. For some reason i felt it was going really slow and i was craving to be at the center of the story. At the same time though, the story and Error are so compelling that i couldn't stop reading. I'm pretty sure i would have stop if it was another book, but this was just too interesting and clever to stop. The slow introduction of the slow, even though it was not my favorite part of the book, it definitely helped to remember and get accustomed to the author's world. 

There is a scene at the first chapter where we see Errol read the stones for a first time. That scene reminded me so much of how Pug reads Kulgan's ball for first time at The Magician from Raymond Feist that actually made me happy?  I think from that moment on, i knew somewhere inside me i will enjoy the book and of course i did.

As for Error, at the first scene i thought i will probably hate him but as the story grows you see not only how he changes and how he tries but also what an honest man he is. Even as the drunk town of a small town, he is a man who cares and has it inside him to help. 

Another great book i started the year with. If you are into epic fantasy and you want something that starts now and not one of those huge epic series, A Cast of Stones is a good option.

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