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A Draw of Kings

(The Staff and the Sword #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,281 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is
Paperback, 459 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers
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Rachael It isn't Errol, but Merodach who is described as "silver-haired" - throughout the series he's been frequently described as extremely pale-haired, incl…moreIt isn't Errol, but Merodach who is described as "silver-haired" - throughout the series he's been frequently described as extremely pale-haired, including silvery.(less)

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Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

This is one of the best trilogies I've ever read. It's definitely in my top 3. I even decided to put a new category in my bookshelves for "favorite trilogies" just because of this book.

People! You need to trust me and read this.
Because it has everything a reader of fantasy/fiction loves. (Well, at least for me)

Mature writing. The writing for me was damn near flawless. The dialogue, descriptions of places, people and things were just right. Nothing too much, nothing too
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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A Draw of Kings is the final book in The Staff and the Sword trilogy. I'm very glad to have finished this series. Even though I did enjoy the first two books quite a bit, I'll admit that I don't think fantasy is one of my favorite genres anymore (or at least not high fantasy, which is how I think this would be classified? Not sure.). I know that a lot of people have LOVED this series; so, if you are into high fantasy, I think you might like it.

The characters were great and, for what it was, the
J.L. Mbewe
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How do you share your thoughts on the end of a story that has been building since book one, and without giving anything away?

Errol Stone's journey continues. The back of the cover makes you think that him being imprisoned and the attempt to free him would be the story we are about to read. Oh no. Don't let that fool you. That's only the beginning!

Then the rest unfolds as Errol and his companions must split up to prepare to fight the final battle with odds seemingly insurmountable.

The story is hu
Brooke Barenfanger
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the epic conclusion to the Staff and the Sword series. Truths before undefined—and even some thought known—are blurred before they are redefined in the finishing novel A Draw of Kings.
Who is Errol?
Who Liam?
You thought you knew?
Think again.

Having read A Cast of Stones as well as The Hero’s Lot I thought I would be prepared for everything A Draw of Kings had to say. After all, what more was there to say? It seemed to me every hidden truth was revealed in the second novel. Howeve
♥ Unaeve ♥
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A Draw of Kings is a great ending to an amazing Fantasy series that rests now on my favorite shelves. Like the two previous books this one didn't disappoint either.The world building,the characters, the story - everything is deep, thorough, full and rich even complicated at times.

It is full of action and it hardly ever or even never drags away.

The kingdom of Illustra is on the b
JoJo Sutis
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a journey! What an adventure! I’m so sad it’s over!
Absolutely one of my fave fantasy series!
Carr is a master story-teller and world-builder.
I admit I was apprehensive about where this series was going and when I first met Errol, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into…but we’ve come a long way baby and every bit of the journey has been unforgettable!
Intense build-up, an epic turn of events and a very very unique twist on the entire “magic” aspect- make the series shine!
What I love most
A Draw of Kings is a decent ending to a good Fantasy series that I really enjoyed. It wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped, but still decent.

It gets right to the action and never drags. At the beginning, everyone gets scattered again and for a while I really wondered how they were all going to get back and wrap things up. As far as a Fantasy adventure goes, with all hell breaking loose and the fate of the world depending on the tenuous hope of a few people with impossible tasks, it was a fun story
Lydia Redwine
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Updated review Jan. 27th, 2017:

SO YEAH. 5 stars. Because reasons.

Notes: A) warning: lots of ranting and raving. B) Do not go into this book expecting to read it quickly and grasp everything that happens. Because you won't. Learn from my mistake as I will mention soon.

A Draw of Kings is my favorite ending to a trilogy (and maybe to a series) that I've ever read. Hands DOWN. This doesn't necessarily mean that I liked it
more than let's say...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but in terms of t
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book did one of the hardest things possible for a book to do. Be a Christian fantasy book that is considered excellent by both Christians and non-Christians. I know this because I handed the first book in this series off to a co-worker who, while not against Christianity per say, isn't Christian. That said, he thoroughly enjoyed A Cast of Stones and later asked to borrow the next two in the trilogy because of how good they were. To put it shortly, the story, characters, and plot are good en ...more
Merenwen Inglorion
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(until I have time to write a coherant review)
My only complaint is that I had to read the last five or six pages a dozen or so times to understand what had happened. It was excellent until that point. :P
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
*sucks in a breath*

This was great. A perfect conclusion to the series and well done, too. I'm /still/ skeptical about the main couple but that's because Errol deserves better even if his lady is pretty cool. And I liked that their romance was awkward and, well, sometimes quite stupid considering they are young... also. I kiiiiiiind of wish things would have ended more bittersweetly but that's me and my love of death and angst talking (writing).

Shoving those opinions asides, the symbolism was don
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The women were pushed back to supporting roles in this last book of the series, and I was not satisfied with the ending. All of those various countries and cultures, and could be any women running anything?? There were so many unanswered questions at the end, and for some reason one of the major threats of attack towards Illustra was dropped and never brought up again. ?? The resolution was wrapped up too quickly, and the last chapter was so vague I had to read it twice to figure out who he was ...more
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Wow where do I begin with is book?! Oh I know, it was A-MAZING!! Think of it as a crossover book/series if The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 met The Bibical story of David and Goliath.

This book was TRULY amazing!! It kept me wanting more after each chapter!! I wish this series continued beyond 3 books BUT I'm glad Adora had a happy ending!!

If you love Christian Fantasy books THIS is DEFINATELY for you!!
Shannon McDermott
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The kingdom of Illustra is faced by a two-front war. Or a three-front war. It depends at how many different points the foreign hordes can force their way into the country. Illustra needs to find their soteregia, their savior-king. Then they will crown him. Then he will go and fight for them.

Then he will die, and save them.

Every time they cast the lots to find the savior-king, the lots say Errol and Liam, each name as many times as the other. So Illustra prepares for war, and goes out to battle,
Paula Vince
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You must read 'A Cast of Stones' and 'The Hero's Lot' before this final book of the trilogy. This review includes a few spoilers from those first two books.

It's exciting to see all the loose ends tied up. The huge war, precipitated by King Rodran's death, is inevitable. The need for a new king is desperate, but Luis' carved lots still refuse to cooperate and give a straight answer of either Liam or Errol. This time, we have three points of view to follow, Errol's, Martin's and Adora's. Things ar
I love that Carr has included Christians in his wonderful world building, even using similar labels for God, Jesus, Archbishop, etc. When authors do this I fangirl on the inside. There is very rich history and back-story to the entire world and when you're reading, you forget reality. Most books don't have this quality, but this one did.

For the characters, I truly enjoyed reading about Errol and his struggles with doing the right thing against doing the easiest thing. He develops a wonderful sen
Phillip Cole
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Draw of Kings, the final installment of The Staff and the Sword series, was well worth the wait. Patrick W. Carr finished the story well, and kept it entertaining.

Carr did more than just tell a good story, there are plenty of lessons we all need to learn and keep in mind. The characters were used to illustrate honesty, forgiveness, love, and other traits. However, there are deeper concepts that be seen in the book.

Though never mentioned by a name we use, God is prominent through out the story.
Sharon Hughson
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting to read this since I finished book two of the series. I wanted to find out how they were going to resolve the many problems unearthed during the first two books.
I enjoyed reading the book. There were things that I didn't like, but it's the author's prerogative to kill characters and throw new villains and old into the mix. Overall, the story problems were resolved and the conflict rose to a peak.
I had a hard time following the climactic scene in the book. It was a battle, so
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Draw of Kings is the long awaited conclusion to Patrick Carr's The Staff and the Sword series. Here, the kingdom of Illustra faces invasion on multiple fronts, as well as the wrath of an ancient enemy who has long desired to fill her golden lands with corruption and death. The king is dead, the arts of the Conclave have thus far failed to provide another, and greed grips the hearts of the barons as the power vacuum calls to them to fill it's void. In the middle of the chaos, Errol Stone is tos ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
WOW!! Just WOW! It's so nice to not have to throw up a 4.5 and mull over which way to swing for a couple days. Total 5 and right to the favorites shelf! I had some problems with the first two books here and there but this was the perfect book! Totally consumed me. Thanks for getting this on my radar Rose!
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy and adventure stories
Woot! What a thrill! I devoured all 3 of these books! They were so good. Heroes really worth rooting for and bad guys worse than bad. Yet I kept hoping the heroes would do the right thing, because they deserved to be true, honest and trustworthy even in their darkest moments, and refuse to give in to bitterness or unforgiveness. I loved how the themes of a knowable God flowed through it all.
rodger reece
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was breathless until the end!
Rebecca LuElla
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Shelves: fantasy
A good conclusion to the Staff & Sword series. Highly recommend. ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A Draw of Kings was a bittersweet conclusion to The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick W. Carr. In this novel, chaos erupts in the kingdom of Illustra, when King Rodran dies, leaving no known heir. The protective barrier keeping evil spirits out of the kingdom collapses. Luis had not been able to cast a conclusive draw to indicate who should be soteregia. With no successor named, Lord Weir assumes the throne--buying out, bullying or killing anyone who would not agree to confirm his right to r ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Hopefully, in the future, The Staff and the Sword trilogy will have the same sort of esteem that The Lord Of The Rings does now. It has a similar epic quality.

I could not find a "contact" email address for Mr. Carr, so here is a detailed list of editing oversights found in the Kindle version of A Draw Of Kings:

Page 14, Blood dropped so quickly to her stomach the ship reeled / Blood dropped so quickly to her stomach THAT the ship reeled ; 29, to see the benefice eying him with amusement / to see
Brittney Tyler
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!
Shelves: favorite-books
Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: This is the final volume of the Staff and Sword trilogy so this will not be an in-depth review.

After thoroughly enjoying the 1st two books in the Staff and the Sword series, I decided to pick up the last one, A Draw of Kings. This book continues the story of Errol and Liam as well as their friends as they struggle to protect their country of Illustra and their world from the ravages of the malus (demons) who have possessed the citizens of Merakh and Morgols and force
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from_library, fantasy
I really liked the first book in this series, but each sequel ends up feeling like the author yanked you away from the path that he was on and jumped the tracks onto a significantly different kind of story. In the first you're expecting political wrangling between church and an aging king with no heir, and then they introduce a mad genius who has gone evil, which is cool except the second book becomes all about chasing the mad genius off into another kingdom entirely.

The second book starts off w
M.H. Elrich
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ending a series is always hard for a reader to do. They fall in love with the characters, are intrigued and drawn in by the plot and desperately want it to end. Yet, when it does, there is always sadness, even when the ending was exactly what it needed to be.
This series did not disappoint, and even though I had guessed the ending conclusion, I was still guessing the conclusion because of Mr. Carr's mastery. He continued to twist and turn me about until I was left breathless, head spinning, utte
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a solid ending to the trilogy. I loved getting to see more from Adora's perspective (and Rokha!), and I appreciated how much agency the women were given in a fairly male-driven fantasy story, though I would have liked to see more female characters in general throughout the trilogy.

I give it 4 instead of 5 stars, because I felt like the ending just fell a bit flat. There is all of this frantic build up and lots of people travelling to get all the pieces in place and then it was just all
Lavay Byrd
WOW! This was a stunning finish to an epic trilogy!

Just as Errol returns from the sand realm of Merakh after a triumph, he and his friends are suddenly attacked... by his own people. The king has died, and, with the help of conniving benifieces, Duke Weir has assumed power over Illustra... with plans to sire an heir from Errol's one true love. But that is only the least of Errol's worries. With barrier has shattered, dark forces amass across the kingdoms. Their goal: destroy all of mankind. Onl
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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 w ...more

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