The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy
Book Description: The Hero's Lot Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice. When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne. In a bid to keep the three of 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. But Errol is also 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, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.
My thoughts: Errol's life becomes more complicated the more involved he becomes with the Church and the Kingdom. In the first book he conquered many challenges, the first and foremost was his dependency on the bottle. Life was simpler for him when he was drunk and being beaten by his local priest.
Now he finds himself a warrior and an Earl. While he has overcome so much, he has made many enemies. There are many who do not like to see one so young overcome and make a good life for himself.
He is now compelled to seek out Valon and kill him. This is a recompense for a crime that he is accused of, consorting with Spirits. This compulsion will either make or break him. He will be tried and tested. He will prevail, or die.
I really like Errol's character. He is a young man of great fortitude. He keeps going when it seems as if the world would bring him down. He faces more than any young man should have to, somehow he finds the inner strength to conquer. His travelling companions all add a great deal to the story. He meets and befriends many wonderful people. Too bad his enemies do not know who he really is.
This is a great second installment for Patrick W. Carr. He has pulled me into the story with the first and second books. I look forward to reading what he has planned for Errol and his friends next.
Hero's Lot is the Sequel to A Cast of Stones
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Author Patrick W. Carr 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.
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