The Hero’s Lot
(The Staff and the Sword, Book 2)
By: Patrick W. Carr
5/5 Stars (And going on the favorites shelf)
What: Errol is put under compulsion by the church to kill Valon or die trying. He is rejoined by familiar characters from the previous book
Recommended to those who like: Sword fights, fantasy, Christian fiction, (and have read book one)
If you haven’t read book one, don’t continue! This review may ruin the first book for you!
Wow. I really just cannot say enough about these books! The writing is excellent, the plots are gripping, and the characters are loveable and believable. I purchased book three right away, even though I probably should’ve waited.
Errol continues to be the main focus of our travels, though we also spend a significant amount of time with Martin. His character is still deeply flawed and complex, but he’s loveable. Relatable. Human. He’s definitely one of my favorite characters.
Put under compulsion by the church, Errol must travel south to Merakh and kill Valon or die in the attempt (and certain authorities wouldn't mind the latter in the least). He enlists the help of familiar friends, as well as new ones. Their trip is fraught with danger, lots of sword fights, and the ongoing political and religious struggles for power that were hinted at in the previous book.
There’s a great plot twist/ reveal in the middle of the book that really ups the stakes and the action. I wish I could talk about it more, but you’ll just have to read the book to find out what it is!
Again, I can’t get over these books. This is some of the best writing that I’ve read in a long time—it sucks me right into the story. Mr. Carr is a master of his craft and I look forward to reading more of his books in the near future.
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