A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this copy as a free Amazon Kindle download


This is one of my favorite trilogies and it so happens to fall in the christian genre. I think Christian speculative fans will love it! Not many people can take creative such creative license without totally warping spiritual truth but I think Carr did it really well. It's everything I could really hope for from the Christian Fantasy genre.

They only cheesy aspect I could find was the naming of locations geographically. It could have been a little more creative. Still, he got the point across. I loved the plot and the characters. I wouldn't change a thing.

I love the creative license Patrick Carr took with biblical themes and elements. Personally, I find it is hard to find good redemption stories with decent suspense, a little romance that doesn't take center stage and minimal cheese-factor in the christian genre.

This is a gem. Truly. I've been waiting for someone to write this kind of literature for a while now. I received the first book as a kindle promo and had to buy the rest because I was hook, line, and sinker-ed with the quality of the first story. I was not disappointed with the other two.
Main Characters:

Errol: I love this main character’s vice. He’s a drunk. I love the unlikeliness of heroism. He starts as a poor orphan and grows into something much more with a little bit help from friends he meets on his travels. I look forward to seeing his redemption and journey.

Plot and pacing:

Love the plot. We’ve got mystery, an overarching good vs evil plot, magic, combat, a parallel world, and a little bit of romance and a happy ending with a good promise for a next book. I will be buying whatever Carr writes in the future.

I’m intrigued by the Christian parallels and am excited to see how he draws them out further.

The pace at moments was a bit slow due to world building and terminology defining but I wouldn’t change it. I loved all the context.


None that I could find.


Clean. See She Would Read/a> for my romance rating system.

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