March 4, 2014

A Draw of Kings Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Draw of Kings! Today I have my review of the book to share with you and don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway!

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword #3)
Author: Patrick W. Carr
Genre: YA Christian/Fantasy
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers


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?
A Draw of Kings is the third book in the young adult Christian fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. It continues to follow Princess Adora, Errol and their companions as they finally make their way back home after a dangerous journey to Merakh. Instead of the reception they imagined, they are greeted by the news that Duke Weir has been named king and is waiting to marry Adora. Errol and the others are thrown into prison to await their official trial while their country, Illustra, is on the brink of a civil war - not to mention the outside armies of Morgol and Merakh. Errol escapes prison and finds the kingdom in chaos and serious danger. Will he be able to save Adora in time? What is going to happen to Illustra, and when will the identity of the true king be revealed?

This continues to be an exciting series full of action and adventure amid fantasy and romance. The characters continue to be well written and we learn more about them with each book. I liked seeing the characters' interactions with each other and watch their relationships develop - whether it be friendship or romance. The plot was filled with action that kept me eagerly reading to see what will happen next. There's a definite tension throughout the pages as the various story lines play out. The author did a fantastic job creating the intricate world that the series is set in with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that made it easy to see everything in my mind's eye. Definitely recommended for fans of YA fantasy and adventure and Christian fiction.

Check out the other books in the series (linked to Goodreads):
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway: Two (2) winners will receive all three (3) books in the series


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