Saturday, October 12

The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr

After a promising first book in Patrick W. Carr’s “The Staff and the Sword” series, The Hero’s Lot picks up the story shortly after the end of the first. After a corrupt church leader flees the capitol, Errol Stone thinks that the fight is over. However, life does not return to peace. Errol is accused of working with spirits, a grave offense. As punishment, the church puts a compulsion on him to find the traitorous church leader, Sarin Valon.

While Errol is on his journey, the priests who mentored him in the first book, Martin and Luis, are sent to investigate Errol’s past. During their journey they uncover they discover information that Errol could’ve never guessed.

With the character backgrounds and a lot of world building shown in the first book, the story is able to start quickly, and much like the first book it moves at a brisk pace. Carr also builds upon the foundation of the first book, expanding the reader’s knowledge of the world.  While it may not be an overly complex world, Carr fills it with believable locations and characters. Threads from the first book, which I thought were finished, also managed to find their way in here in surprising ways.
While Errol seemed like a generic hero in the first book, The Hero’s Lot tries to break him out of it even more. However, as in part of the first book, he is once again placed under a compulsion during a time. While the use of compulsions is one of the unique parts of the world, the lack of choice on Errol’s part pulls attention away from him and instead puts it on those around him who are truly free to make choices. Thankfully, Errol gets his chance to shine near the end of the story when his strength and character is truly put to the test and the story closes on a strong note.

As with the first book, The Hero’s Lot is enjoyable despite some occasional faltering, and this one is a smidgen better than the first. I’m still not sure how many stories will be in this series, but so far I am interested in seeing where they go.

3.5/5 stars
I received this book free from Bethany House Publisher. 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

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