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The End of the Magi

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Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel creates a select group of men who will count down the calendar to the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day nears, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are put to death by a ruthless Parthian queen.

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Published November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in Babylon in 537 BC with Daniel at the end of his life and continues in 5 BC with the story of Myrad, the adopted son of one of the Magi that serves the King. Quickly embroiled in the politics of the day, Myrad takes what he has left of his father’s papers and coin and flees the palace. He finds other Magi that his father had known and they band together to follow the clues that Daniel left for them. The story goes to Nazareth where they find the baby Jesus where the star led t ...more
Erin Laramore
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took a chance on this book because it was endorsed by a couple of authors that I enjoy reading and the concept absolutely fascinated me..... what if Daniel remained in Babylon to prepare the Magi for the coming of the Messiah? It put such a cool spin on the story of the wise men who came to visit the Christ Child. I really enjoyed this take on some familiar Bible passages and had me digging into Daniel for the prophecies as well. It also gave me pause to consider just how far the magi travelle ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The End of the Magi" is a Christian historical novel set in Babylon in 537 BC and then around the birth of Christ (5 BC) and his death. The prophet Daniel tasks a group of Hebrews among the magi with accurately counting down the days to the appearance of the Messiah-King. Myrad was adopted by one of these magi and taught about the Hebrew beliefs and the prophecy. When his adoptive father and many other magi are killed at the command of a Roman concubine determined to rule as queen, he gathers h ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the holidays speed closer, Patrick Carr presents a take on the story of Jesus’s birth that I have never considered before.

Yes, I know about the wisemen, the star, the gifts, even that they found Jesus a year after his birth. But I’ve never given much consideration to their journey or what happened to them after they visited the Savior.

Carr puts readers right there in the politics, danger, travels, and daily life of this group of travelers. Using Scripture and prophecie
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story!

The adventure Myrad embarked on as he fled from the wicked queen who killed the magi to gain her throne was thought-provoking and insightful. I have participated in decades' of Bible studies and read a multitude of fictional works surrounding the life of Jesus. Yet it seemed that every other page I read in The End of the Magi, I was saying "I didn't know that" or "I hadn't thought about that". The approach Patrick W. Carr took to tell the story of the magi and how
I'm familiar with some of Patrick W. Carr's fantasy novels, so I was intrigued when I saw that his newest book would be Biblical fiction. From the start, The End of the Magi reminded me a lot of vintage-style boy's novels--you know, the type where the hero finds himself falling out of one adventure into another? If you've read any G.A. Henty, then you'll get what I'm talking about. After the opening prologue, we're thrown right into the action as Myrad narrowly escapes death and begins his journey, ...more
Pam Webb
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Patrick W. Carr provides a riveting supposition concerning the Magi, those wise men who faithfully followed the prophecies of Daniel. Carr develops a character, Myrad, an orphan adopted by Gershom, who instructs him about waiting for the Messiah.

When Myrad has to flee for his life after watching his father and others slain by a power-hungry ruler, he finds himself on a journey to keep watch for the Messiah and continue his father’s work.

Myrad is a likable protagonis
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Langley
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever since Patrick Carr's Cast of Stones series, I've been a faithful fan of his writing. It seems I'm always waiting for his next installment. The End of the Magi, Carr's latest novel, does not disappoint. The believable characters, rich setting, and intriguing plot line all flowed together into a well-told story that was hard to put down.

The End of the Magi centers around main character Myrad, an orphan with a club-foot who was adopted by one of the magi, wise men who served and ad
Viki Ferrell
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel penned the words in his book of the Bible that the Messiah would come in seven sevens and sixty-two sevens … 483 years after the beginning of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. A group of men in the countries east of Israel, known as magi, began the countdown. For hundreds of years they kept a calendar for this event and passed it down from generation to generation. Gershom was one of the magi in Persia keeping a calendar. He adopted a young man named Myrad, when Myrad’s mother di ...more
This was a quite a shift away from Carr's usual fantasy stories but The End of the Magi used all the elements we've come to love in a Carr novel. He takes the reader deep into the heart and place of his stories so in The Magi we get to experience the nomadic merchant life of historical biblical times, so that we are almost able to smell the camels, taste the saltiness of the desert sand and feel the oppressive nature of the desert heat. He gives us wonderfully developed characters. Myrad, who te ...more
Laura  Lane
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the name Patrick W. Carr, I knew that I wanted to read this book. He is that kind of writer. I find his writing riveting. I don't read his stories from the outside, I read them from the inside. I feel immersed in the action. My husband came home and saw me reading this one afternoon. He said I was addicted to it. ~smile~

Like every book that I've read of Patrick Carr, this book just drew me into the story from the first page. I jokingly told my husband one day that I was go
Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a review, and the words below are my own.

Patrick W. Carr is known for his fantasy novels, and these aren’t usually novels in which I have an interest. But when I saw a new novel with the title of The End of the Magi, well, I knew I was probably looking at a work of Biblically-based fiction. And I do find those interesting. Given the timing of its release, I presumed this was a Christmas tale, focus
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr is a unique and predictable glance into the world of the wise men from the Nativity story. While most Americans have heard of the story, Carr decides to dive deeper into the background before the birth of Jesus. It was different and unexpected of a storyline. I didn't expect to travel so far back, starting with Daniel. I'm glad Carr did though. It made the story easy to follow. While the idea captured my attention, there were moments where the story dragge ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The End of the Magi is the first Patrick Carr novel I have ever read. I liked this book. It tells the story of Myrad, who follows the star with other Wise Men to see the birth of the baby Jesus. It continues on to the days when Jesus dies. I enjoyed getting into this tale. It was interesting to read how the author envisioned the times.

I give The End of the Magi four stars. I would love to read more Biblical Fiction like this one by Patrick Carr in the future. This one is a great addition to add
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story within a story. The story pulls you along. You know the story, but you don't; which keeps you reading more to see if it goes where you think it might. Captivating and gripping from start to finish.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful read and something different from what I'm used to reading. I liked it, enjoyed it and liked the biblical references.

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC copy.
Leslie M.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Most of the Biblical fiction I’ve read is from Mesu Andrews, Jill Eileen Smith, or Tessa Afshar. I’ve enjoyed those books, so I was interested in checking this one out.

Carr gives the reader a glimpse into the world of the wise men (known to many from the Nativity story). The author goes further than what many are familiar with, as he shows what happened before Jesus was born, all the way back to Daniel.

You can read the full review on my blog:

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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