Review: A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword #3)A Draw of Kings
(The Staff and the Sword #3)
by Patrick W. Carr
Christian Fantasy
February 18th 2014 by 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?


My Review

I have really enjoyed each of the books in this series! Ever since I read the second book in the series, The Hero's Lot, I have been dying to find out what happens. Now I know and it was a crazy journey, bittersweet, but so good.

I have loved these characters in every book, but even more so as the series continued. This was the same when I was reading A Draw of Kings. I especially love Errol! He is my favorite. Then there's Liam, who plays a larger role than he has in past books, and Adora, who we see quite a bit as well. Then there are the slue of companions to these characters. Most of them I remembered from the previous books, but a few took me a few chapters to figure out who they were again.

This book starts with a bang. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the first few chapters. Then things completely switch gears, which did throw me a little until I got back into it. There are all these different pieces of the plot that we have to work through. They do fit together in the end, thankfully. It did tend to drag through the middle with all the various plots and as it became more inspirational heavy. Then the end. It's crazy! There's war and death. Trust and love. Some characters face serious choices and are rather conflicted. Liam wants so desperately to fight and both he and Erroll want to live. They still have to figure out not what they want, but what will save their kingdom. It is very bittersweet, but I will say that I loved how things turn out.

Now I need to go back and read all three books in a row. :) There is such a good balance of difficulty, blessings, trust, love, and sacrifice. If you enjoy Christian or mainstream Fantasy, YA or Adult, I would definitely recommend A Draw of Kings and this entire series!

Content: Clean (There is definitely some violence, but nothing that would make this not clean.)

Source: From tour host, NetGalley, and publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

The author, Patrick W. Carr, is stopping by today to talk more about this series. You should go check it out since it's a fabulous guest post. There's a great giveaway too!

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