Draw of Kings Book CoverDark forces have gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra has begun.

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they’ve been branded enemies of the kingdom.

In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra’s destruction?

I was so excited to read the final installment in The Staff and the Sword series that I re-read the first two books again while waiting for my review copy to arrive. The final book in the saga continues with characters on journeys, new exotic locations and personalities, and enough plot twists and turns to keep the pages flying by.

I finished reading A Draw of Kings weeks ago but was so disappointed in the ending that it has taken me weeks to write the review. It’s like the author ran out of time or energy and rushed the ending. I feel there was not enough time spent resolving the characters and the plot. I was so invested in the story and it was hard to not develop the things that were finally revealed in the climax of the story. (Sorry I’m so vague but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers…)

I enjoyed A Draw of Kings as much as the other two up until the last chapter – that was only 5 ½ pages long. I found myself flipping back in disbelief – how could this saga be wrapped up in such a short chapter. I was left wanting so much more. Despite this, I still recommend the book and the series. I am looking forward to what Mr. Carr has to offer in the future.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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