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The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
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
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I love history and seeing all the moving parts of the contemporaries as they live and rule in the place of time that they are born into. We know of the greats, but what of the others that did not have their named marked down in history?
Author Carr has taken the mystery and majesty of the story of the Magi, the Wise Men, the three kings, etc. and has given us quite an adventurous story of political intrigue and the powers that were in charge at the time. Not only around Jesus's birth, but well before and after.
The prophesy of the coming Messiah and the ones who were looking for him in the east has always intrigued me, and this star that they saw. I have had many questions about that star like was there anyone else looking for it? What kind of phenomenon was it? The author gives a good explanation on it and definitely some food for thought.
Besides the adventure, there was also a little bit of romance, which surprised me and again, I really liked that we get the start of the story all the way back at Daniel's time and the story continues on.
This was a different Christmas read but one that was exciting and full of wonder.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views 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.
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