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The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword Book #2) Kindle Edition

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With the King Near Death, Will the Kingdom Fall?

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt and dangerous church leader, flees the city of Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But he and his friends still have dangerous enemies working against them in secrets and whispers.

In a bid to keep them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom, and in that journey they discover amazing new secrets about the workings of Aurae.

Back in Erinon, Errol is unjustly accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon and kill him. To enforce their sentence, the church leaders place Errol under a compulsion--he must complete his task, or die trying.

"The adrenaline level remains high, without 'middle book' doldrums." --Publishers Weekly

"The Hero's Lot is a spellbinding, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will leave you breathless and reeling from the truly masterful and immensely pleasurable writing of Patrick W. Carr."--Radiant Lit

About the Author

Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at

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  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764210440
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85MPJU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Greetings! I'm Patrick W. Carr and I write character-driven fantasy, be it epic, suspense, or science fiction. Look for my free e-book novella coming in September of 2015, "By Divine Right," and the first full-length novel of the new Darkwater Saga, "The Shock of Night," coming in November of 2015.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr picks up where the last book leaves off: our hero, Errol, is in Erinon, facing his future as well as the Judica (the ruling ecclesiastical body), who is accusing him of consorting with spirits. Wrongly convicted, Errol is placed under a compulsion to track the fallen, evil former church leader, Sarin Valon, into the land of Merakh, and kill him. This is not a trek that can be made lightly, so accompanying Errol on his quest are two men whose presence will prove to be very helpful: Elar Indomiel and Naaman Ru. Errol's friends Martin and Luis do not join him; they instead travel back to Callowford to try to discover just who Errol really is and why he is so important to the kingdom. Meanwhile, did I happen to mention that Errol's feelings for Princess Adora are growing and that it seems those feelings are being returned?

There is a lot going on in The Hero's Lot, with the chapters moving back and forth among Errol and his traveling companions and Martin and his adventures. I must admit to a certain amount of frustration with the back and forth, but only because I would find myself involved in what Errol and Co. were doing and then bam! I'm back with Martin, and vice versa. That's a minor complaint really, though; there's plenty of storyline to go around, and everything advances the plot. We find out some key secrets along the way, and discover a few more mysteries as well. Carr's writing is such that I felt as out of breath as his characters as I followed them through fights and escapes; I particularly enjoyed the latter one third of the book when things were most dire and seemingly hopeless, even if I wanted to throttle Errol at times for getting lost inside himself. Excellent writing there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie Riley on August 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
The foundation set in Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword Book #1) is built upon firmly in this wonderful sequel. Characters grow, backdrops change, plots thicken, and stakes rise. As I delved into the deepening world of Errol and his colorful fellow characters, I found myself even more drawn into the swirling plotlines and unexpected twists of author-ordained fates. I particularly enjoyed seeing how Errol continued in his journey with strength, even despite certain revelation that shook him to the core.

Mr. Carr has kept hold of the feel of the story laid down in the first book, drawing it deeper and filling it out most enjoyably. I am so very pleased to say that it has exceeded my expectations and has moved this story to a place among my very favorite Christian fantasy tales. I eagerly await the conclusion of the trilogy! And so does my sister, who devoured this book just as she did the first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BDempsey on July 22, 2013
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Book Review of Patrick Carr's The Hero's Lot

In this, the second installment of The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick Carr, the plot of the serie210440_1_ftcs deepens, with plenty of twists and turns involved. Errol Stone, the orphan and drunkard turned national hero and staff fighting expert, has become the target of shadowy figures in the kingdom's capital.

Because of his skill as an omne (a person who can read any person's cast of lots), Errol is valuable in the selection of the next king- except for those who want to manipulate the process. In a trumped up trial, Errol is forced to leave the kingdom in search of the traitor Sarin Valon, who played the role of the villain in the first book. This quest consumes most of the book, with each of the characters in the series growing in depth. Martin and Luis learn things about their faith that they did not previously believe possible. But the main tension remains- who will be the next king of Illustra, and will the barrier hold against the forces of evil waiting to overrun the weakened realm?

Carr's book is excellent. A page turner that kept my attention from beginning to end. The characters are delightful, and while there is lots of action and a little romance, the book is clean, which makes it that much more fun to read. I will eagerly await Carr's next installment.

I give The Hero's Lot five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle R. Wood on August 19, 2014
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This sequel exceeds its predecessor on many counts. The stakes are clearly articulated, the characters better drawn, and the plot developed in a stronger, more engaging direction. Yet overall structural weaknesses rob it from inspiring the tight dramatic tension the author so clearly wants to communicate.

Errol is no longer the drunk we first met, and his maturity matches the novel's more able footing. He shows the ability to gain new skills and allies. But like the book itself, Errol stumbles in puzzling, often bewildering ways. A misstep in plans or inexperience leading his fellow soldiers is to be expected at this stage in the character's development. Leaving his armed company for the sake of some entertainment at the local tavern, something he's never expressed any interest in before, smells of cheap theatrics, especially when he's soon ambushed by antagonists who are not introduced earlier or mentioned ever again.

The journey of Martin the priest is handled better. This time around the reader is allowed to follow him, Luis, and Cruk through their travels, and seeing the events through their experienced eyes adds depth and meaning to the already richly creative world. Here author Patrick Carr shines, pushing both his characters and readers to reexamine their assumptions as he introduces new mysteries, wrestling with very meaty spiritual questions. I'd have loved for this part of the story to go on longer, really pursuing the ideas brought forward.

Erroll is given many layered conflicts to wrestle with. There's his potential relationship with the princess and heir to the throne, his spiritual questions regarding destiny, and the hint of discovering his true identity.
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