Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr

Back Cover: 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.

Review: The first half of this book I was so very confused. Seriously though, what could I expect starting on book #2? At present, I am working on book #1, and I really wish I had read it first! However, I really got into "The Hero's Lot" once I figured out the terminology and characters that had been introduced in book #1.

There are two young men from a small village named Callowford who are now living in the capital called Erinon. How they got there is a story for the fist book, "A Cast of Stones". Errol, one of the young men, is a peasant - but one with a very unique set of skills. He can cast lots, which means that he has the ability to predict the future - within limits. What makes Errol extremely unique, even amongst the other readers, is that he can also verify lots. The ability to foretell truth in the future of the lots is incredibly rare and makes him invaluable in the search to find the future king. As if that isn't enough, Errol is a warrior - and a good one at that. Sword, staff, or two swords, he is deadly.

Despite all his abilities, all Errol really wants is one girl. A girl who he is desperately in love with. A girl who will risk everything, give everything, and do anything to be with him.

The only problem?

She also happens to be the princess.

With a deadly compulsion placed on him, Errol is banished from the kingdom and sent on a suicide mission. Meanwhile, two of his allies in the capitals, the priest Luis and reader Martin, are making haste to his home village. They expect to find answers to the question about who will be the future king. What they don't expect is an unbelievable revelation of treachery from years' past and an unveiling of a deity that they were taught never existed.

This book was incredibly engaging and the world was unique, intriguing, and clever. I really really enjoyed it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications , Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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