We’re getting closer to Christmas my friends! And that means more Christmas books to read :). Today’s post features The End of the Magi by Patrick Carr. Such an interesting story about my favorite time of year!! On Tour with Prism Book Tours, make sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post.
The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook,
November 5th 2019
by Bethany House Publishers
Centuries before the magi arrived in Bethlehem, a prophecy sets a young magus on his path . . .
Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel calls forth a select group of men who will count down the calendar until the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day draws near, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are slain by a ruthless Parthian queen.
Equipped with very little, in haste Myrad escapes the city and, searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is keeping secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable asset, an epic journey filled with peril, near captures, 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.
Praise for the Book
“Carr retells the story of the Magi in this bustling biblical adventure . . . . Myrad’s divine vision of the star and his arduous trek battling his own physical problems to pay homage to the Messiah capture the majesty of biblical narratives and will appeal to Christians well versed in scripture.”–Publishers Weekly
“Patrick Carr brings us a captivating tale in The End of the Magi. Based on the Holy Bible, he weaves a fictional tale of the adventures of a group of magi from the east looking for the Messiah. Myrad is a strong main character even though he doesn’t see himself as strong. He has great character traits and these help him find triumph over tragedy. . . . The End of the Magi is a great holiday read and gives us much to think about in our journey to know God better.”–Fresh Fiction
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 mirrors our walk towards the Lord in our day. There is always someone, or something that tries to get in our way. Our job is to overcome those obstacles and keep close to the Lord, just as Myrad continued his journey to find the Messiah. What a powerful message to be displayed during the time of year when we pay honor to the Lord coming to us in human form.
The End of the Magi is a wonderfully written biblical fiction novel with a powerful message. It will inspire readers to do their own research on the lesser known wise men, as well as look at their own journey with the Savior. I highly recommend reading this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards. He teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons.
– One winner will receive a print copy of The End of the Magi and a $20 B&N gift card – Four winners will each receive a print copy of The End of the Magi – US only – Ends November 29, 2019