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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.

Having grabbed only a few possessions, Myr
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Published November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Carr’s first foray into biblical fiction is a fabulous tale for the Christmas season and one that can be enjoyed by the whole family. As I listened on Audible, my grandkids (ages 7 and 5) were drawn into the story, and though they couldn’t absorb the fantastic historical details Carr includes, they were enthralled with the adventure and qualities of the main character, Myrad.
I love Carr’s skillful weaving of the prophet Daniel’s story as his opening chapter—someone most everyone is famil
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Prism and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The End Of The Magi
By: Patrick W. Carr

*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I bet most of you are familiar with the story of the three wise men bearing gifts to baby Jesus. Have you ever wondered about these men? Who were they? Where did they come from originally? Where did they go after events happened? I have thought about this from time to time, so I was intrigued to read a story about the w
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the view of the journey of the Magi from the perspective of Myrad -- a young proselyte who becomes caught up in the messy politics of the region and is perplexed by his vision of the star. Why was he chosen? How will he know what to do next? The placement of Myrad in the narrative of Jesus was well done. I fell in love with Myrad and his faithful wife Rashon. What I found difficult about the book was all the Persion, Parthian, and Roman politics. So many names and places without a good res ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The story of the three wise men is familiar to Christians. They are briefly mentioned in the New Testament. This story explores who and what the wise men could have been.

The book begins with Daniel in Babylon 537 BC. He creates a group of people called the Magi who count down the days until the Messiah would be born. The Magi over the years become corrupted with the political power that they have been given. Tragedy strikes the Magi and Myrad escaped with the calendar and other political documen
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
Hallie Szott
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Follow the star this holiday season in Patrick W. Carr’s The End of the Magi. It is a story of prophecies and politics, an epic journey of secrets, peril, courage, and the coming Messiah. History springs to life with clarity and imagination and will forever alter your understanding of the beloved Christmas story.

I have long known the wisemen as an element of Jesus’ birth story, but never gave much thought to their experience. As Carr fleshes out their humanity and purpose, especially through the
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
Nay Denise
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received a copy from the publisher for review.

Such a whirlwind of a read. Full review to come soon.


This gets a solid 4 star rating from me. I truly enjoyed the writing of this story from start to finish. It was very captivating and pulled me in from the very first page. I loved the characters and how dynamic they were. I also enjoyed going on the journey within this book. Seeing different places, people and kings was quiet intriguing.

Myrad is the main character o
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The End of the Magi brings to life an unfamiliar aspect of the familiar Christmas story – in such a way that you’ll never view the magi or their gifts the same way.

I confess that the magi are usually sort of an afterthought for me as I reflect on Advent & the Nativity. But in Carr’s new historical fiction, the magi become men with hearts and souls and dreams. Particularly dreams. The author’s imagining of what could have happened in the magi’s journey feels rooted in solid research, giving it pl
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
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the King's favor turns against his Magi, killing Myrad's father, it unleashes a chain of events that send Myrad on a journey that will leave him forever changed.

A step in a slightly different direction for author, Patrick Carr, who I am familiar with as an epic fantasy writer, in The End of the Magi, he delves into the time before Christ was born, showing the political tensions and unrest of a world in need of a Saviour.

Myrad is a newly appointed Magi, who has been dreaming of a luminous
Lou Allen
The End of the Magi is like a dramatic first century road trip! It follows a Magi apprentice called Myrad who was adopted by his Hebrew father. He has a dream of a strange star in the night sky. This is same dream that his father Gershom has had and proves that he has been chosen to become a Magi.

When his father is killed by the Queen, Myrad runs for his life.

This book follows Myrad on his journey to escape death and to follow the dream of a new star and the coming Messiah.

I enjoyed the dramatic
Barbara M. Britton
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Patrick Carr gives an interesting outlook on the mysterious Magi that visited Jesus at his birth. Myrad is a magus by adoption. With his club foot and lowly upbringing, being adopted by a prestigious nobleman is a blessing. When the new queen kills most of the Magi, Myrad flees for his life. But what is he supposed to do with the calendar counting the days to the Messiah's arrival. And why does he have a dream about a star? Myrad will meet the baby Jesus and see him die and rise from the dead.
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
This was such an interesting story about something I don’t give much thought to around the holidays – the wise men. I usually think of them as an after thought because they weren’t there on the actual day Christ was born. But while they weren’t at the manger, they did play an important and inspiring role, as Myrad reminds us in this story.

Carr does a beautiful job in sharing with readers the journey that could have happened on the way to the manger. Myrad’s journey was not an easy one, which mir
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 prophecies, wonderful settings, s
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick W. Carr’s books have been on my radar for quite some time, but I’ve not gotten the chance to read any of them…until now. Really, I am so very glad that I got this chance to try one of Carr’s books.
That being said, what was it that I liked about this read?
The writing. Bein’ honest, I went into this book thinking that it would be boring and I’d have to force myself to read it. That didn’t happen. From the very first chapter, I was hooked on Carr’s writing style, his amazing way of drawing
Janet Ferguson
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed the author's imagination of how the Magi from the Bible might have come to bring gifts to Christ. It seems part biblical fiction, part historical, and a little fantasy type novel.
Lydia Howe
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019

The cover is cool, the synopsis is intriguing, and we were approaching the Christmas season, so I thought Why Not?


Sadly, I found why not; it's because Biblical fiction is a big hit or miss for me, and so, therefore, I shouldn't have ventured into the land of a new Biblical fiction author while getting a book for review. 

First off, let me clarify, it's not as if there's anything wrong with this book. It didn't appear to disregard the truth of th
Lelia Rose
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The magi acolyte Myrad has seen the star, but he needs to save his life before he can follow that star.

If you're anything like me, when you read the Christmas Story, you focus on the baby in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and taxes. Somewhere after the angels singing to the shepherds, there come the magi. Who are they? They're magicians or astrologers or something for some foreign court. They brings gifts that signify kingship, death, and sacrifice. There might be three of them. They come from "somewhere
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've often wondered about the three Wisemen who journeyed from afar to see Jesus their king. Have you?This book will have you journeying with them.
However; this book starts out with Daniels prophecy from Babylon first. All of this reverts back to the calendar predicting the Messiah's birth which comes 30 years later from which Daniel wrote from a vision given to him by God.
It's certainly a very powerful book with lots of exciting scenes. The most powerful scene comes at the end and may leave
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 and why the
Jessica Dowell
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Carr weaves a beautiful story in The End of the Magi. I appreciated the way the story took its time, allowing us to experience each doubt, disappointment, and hope-filled moment along with Myrad as he follows a dream he does not understand.

Myrad has only just begun his training as a magus when his world is turned upside down and he finds himself running for his life. He does not understand his dream of the star, barely understands the importance of keeping the calendar marking the coming
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Myrad was a cripple, yet when his mother died, the magus, Gershon, took him in and adopted him. He raided him as his son, and taught him in the ways and knowledge as a magi acolyte.. Their close relationship ended in the terrible day at the palace, where the newly pronounced queen had him and others slaughtered.
Myrad fled to this fathers house to grab a few important and sacred belongings, barely fleeing from there with hos life. He had to obtain the shelter of a caravan in order to avoid bein
"God's leading isn't always as obvious as having His messenger show up in the middle of your afternoon prayers. Sometimes He whispers so softly to your heart, you scarcely know He's spoken."

This is actually the first book by Patrick W. Carr that I have read and I am completely mesmerized. This book is a bit different from the speculative novels that the author is known for; it's a well-researched and captivating Biblical fiction centered around prophecies of Jesus' birth and the magi eagerly awa
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens' and sixty-two 'sevens'." Daniel 9:25

Counting the years. Counting the months. Magis meticulously counted the days until the promised Messiah would come, according to the prophet Daniel. When a magnificent star appears in the sky, a young magi acolyte dreams of such a star, with a voice calling out to him saying, "I am". Then tragedy strikes and Myrad is
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 journ ...more
Danielle Urban
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr is a wonderful story. It features what could have been or what it would have been like to be a one of the magi back in the Biblical times. I found the entire book interesting from a historical perspective, as well as from a fictional one.

The only story I can remember about any magi is the one where they fled a king searching to kill the newborn, Jesus. They finally find Jesus and give him gifts. Leaving the child king behind, they warn his parents of the p
Rebekah Gyger
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Patrick's writing for a number of years now, and so was surprised when I discovered he had written a Biblical Fiction novel when all of his past published works have been fantasy. However, I read and love Biblical Fiction just as much. As with his other works, Patrick was able to pull me into Myrad's story. I enjoyed following along on his adventures and wondered how it would all tie into the story of the Magi visiting Christ in the end.

What surprised me was the path the story
Fiction Aficionado
The End of the Magi is the story of the wise men as you have never heard it before. Political upheaval, a perilous journey, and a prophecy that is as confusing as it is promising form the barest outline of what you will encounter in these pages as Myrad makes his way to Jerusalem among a caravan of merchants, magi, and soldiers. Surprisingly (at least, to me), the story does not end with the visit to the Christ-child, but skips forward thirty years to the week leading up to the crucifixion, as M ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story and I felt like I was in the caravan and along for the whole journey.

What an amazing take on the 3 wise men of the Biblical story of Christ's birth. This is an intriguing story that keeps you guessing and wondering.

I love this story and can't wait to see what else Carr has to offer.

5 Stars!
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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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