Monday, December 2, 2019

Book Review: The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr

About the Book

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, Myrad escapes the city, and searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, he tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is hiding secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable traveler, an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can't forget and the promise that the world will never be the same.

My Review

Author Patrick W. Carr excellently describes the account and the significance of the Messiah's coming, death, and resurrection through the eyes of an apprentice magi.  It was just amazing to experience the Biblical prophecies of the Messiah as they happened.  And, true to Scripture, not everyone got it, in spite of living it.

Myrad was such a survivor.  Though born into difficult circumstances, he takes full advantage of the opportunities he is given to make the most of any situation, and thereby his life.  He was a great example of learning well, and applying his knowledge appropriately.  He was easy to sympathize with, but even better, he was a character that was easy to like and admire.

Carr did a great job of interpreting the geography of the region, the many cultures that were represented, and the political situation of the day, and how that affected Myrad and his companions.  If you can read this book at Christmas time, that is great, but the story is epic and can be enjoyed throughout the year.  It is also a story that will be enjoyed equally by men and women.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Darkwater Saga and The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. The Shock of Night won the 2016 INSPY Award for Speculative Fiction. Patrick teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at

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