Saturday, February 01, 2014

Review: A Draw of Kings

A Draw of Kings is the third and final book in the The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick W. Carr. What a spectacular fantasy series! One of the best things about this series is the uniqueness of the story line and the uncertainty of what in the world is going to happen. You don't usually read a fantasy that you don't know how it will end, and in this series, every time you think you know you are foiled again. I can't wait to see what this author will write next!

Illustra is not the same country it used to be. Duke Weir has taken control of the kingdom since King Rodran's death and is waiting for the Judica to confirm him as the next king. When Errol arrives back in Illustra, he, Martin, Luis, and Adora are immediately taken captive. As they are all led into the castle, they notice no watchmen are present. What happened to them? Are they in hiding or are they all killed?

Desperate to save Illustra from Merakh, they manage to escape and hurry to stop the destruction sure to come. Time is quickly passing, and they still don't know who is the king. Erroll is so sure he is the one to die, but what if he isn't? Will they find out in time?

I loved how this story came together in the last book. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out a way for Erroll not to die! Who is Erroll supposed to be really? King or sacrifice? I wanted Erroll to be king, and I didn't all at the same time. I never thought Liam that likable so I couldn't see him as king yet the people in the story respected him. I will say that I thought the ending was rushed, and I was left trying to piece together what was going on since it all happened so fast. I actually had to go back and read some parts because it was so confusing and vague. For the mystery, I suppose.  Anyway, I really liked how the author wrote the last chapter. It kept the suspense going to the last second.

A wonderful series for any fantasy lovers. Definitely try this if you are tired of the typical heroines and plots.

I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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