Monday, March 24, 2014

Title Tuesday: A Draw of Kings

Today is Thursday, but we are going to treat it like a  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week. This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. With that being said, let us jump in and get started. Today we have a really special special treat. My husband B has agreed to review a book for us! I am proud it introduce B. Here is what he has to say: 

B is an Army veterinarian who enjoys reading good science fiction and fantasy among many other things. He also loves his wife Morgan and likes heavy barbell lifting, strong coffee, and long backpacking treks.

Patrick W. Carr’s A Draw of Kings afforded me a delightful romp through a Christian-based, medieval-era fantasy realm. A Draw of Kings is the third book in The Staff & The Sword series and provides a satisfactory conclusion to the adventures of Carr’s detailed characters. The story revolves around the Kingdom of Illustra’s attempt to “draw” or cast lots for its future king while simultaneously dealing with military and political coups and invasions by hostile and darkness-infected enemies. Carr cleverly weaves the personnas of Deas, Eleison, and Aurae into the story as the parallel to the Trinity and heavily emphasizes the requirement for Christ’s sacrifice in order to free from the power of sin’s darkness.

I have read a great deal of imaginative fiction from both the great secular writers as well as their Christian counterparts. A Draw of Kings ranks highly in my book relative to its peers in Christian fantasy but falls below the literary quality I have come to enjoy in secular fiction. At points the plot seems thin as the heroes with their stereotypical retinues of characters set out upon their various quests to save the kingdom while the heroine pines for their return. In addition, the action was somewhat contrived and lacked the characteristics to pull me in and make me want to keep reading to the all too obvious conclusion. At the end, the book wound up exactly as I thought it would, and I was left with a pleasant allegory of Christ’s sacrifice. Overall, I would rate this book a solid B – give it a read if you are looking for Christian-based fiction of yourself or a young adult you know.
I received this book free from Bethany House 
I was not required to write a positive review. 
The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

A special thank you to B for reviewing this book!

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