Review for Tour: THE END OF THE MAGI by Patrick W. Carr

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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About the Author

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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***BOOK REVIEW***

Humanity remains the same, even if our methods of living have changed.

The value of Historical Fiction is in bringing daily life back to life, if only in our imaginations, enriching us and increasing our thirst for greater understanding of the time period in which the story is set.  And that leads us to dig deeper.

The Hebrews are on the verge of returning home to rebuild Jerusalem after years in Babylonian captivity and the Prophet Daniel receives possibly his greatest message from God ever.  He’s been told when the Messiah would come.  It’s not for nearly five hundred more years, however.  God wants to make sure they don’t miss it, he says.  In the meantime, the Magi must endure and grow and remember and seek ever greater wisdom.

A few hundred years and Magi later, an aging one adopts an orphan off the streets.  Gershom has long noticed Myrad’s hunger for learning of things outside of his own daily existence.  His mind stretches beyond the sand and haggling of the local markets he has grown up in.  Myrad loves and admires his new father, and devours everything the old man can teach him.

Myrad dreams and searches the stars at night.

The day finally comes when Myrad is ready to become a Magi too, but the local ruler summons all the Magi to him before that can happen.  Gershom suspects it’s a set-up, because the Magi have opposed the King’s pending marriage.  He instructs Myrad to vote opposite him and run for the hills if anything goes wrong.

Of course, Gershom is correct and most of the Magi are slaughtered, having implicated themselves in the vote to oppose the marriage.  Fleeing isn’t so easy for Myrad though.  He has a bum leg which is not easily to travel on or disguise.  But, he throws his things and Gershom’s most precious possessions into his bags and he’s off to buy a horse.

Now Myrad’s on his own in the big, bad world, and on the run.  He knows all about Israel, the Torah, and the coming Messiah, but he’s consumed with what his dad went through and how he died.  He meets up with a merchant, Walagash, makes friends, and carries on, all with the new queen’s soldiers hot on his tail.  He didn’t think he was important enough to chase, except maybe to eliminate a witness to the murder.  But absolute royalty doesn’t care about that.

Turns out Myrad’s carrying legal papers from Gershon’s collection would allow him to withdraw large sums of the King’s money.

Other escaped magi catch up and one enflames Myrad’s hatred into a desire for revenge, despite Walagash’s advice.  Myrad agrees to help them steal the King’s money and then is, of course, betrayed.  These guys weren’t particularly devout.  They’re supposed to be all about the Messiah and the Messiah is all about the love.  Thanks to Myrad winning the argument to free their camels instead of slaughtering them, he gathers them up for sale after he’s abandoned to the desert.

Still, his dreams follow him, including a part in which his foot is healed.

During the process to sell the camels, he falls in with more magi.  But, these dudes seem to be the real deal.  Devout.  Myrad’s been through a lot though and he’s bitter and untrusting.  Nevertheless, he goes along with them as they gather a few gifts for the Messiah.

You guessed it.  Gold.  Frankincense.  Myrrh.

But…according to their sacred calendar, the Messiah isn’t supposed to appear for another thirty years.  Why are they driven to find him now?

Well…if you know the Christmas Story, I’m sure you can answer that.  If you read this book, I’m sure you’ll have a grand time seeing it all unfold through fresh eyes.

This is no children’s picture book.

This is an adult novel, full of multi-dimensional characters, like merchants, soldiers, girls dressed as boys so they can work alongside fathers and uncles, camels and horses, you can really smell the sweat.  The author did his homework on the daily living of the time, the tents and caravans and customs.

The magi are going on faith and a prophecy hundreds of years old.  Their expectations of the Messiah reflect the different ones people had back then.  They make mistakes, get upset, and all those messy human things we all do on our individual journeys through life.

Highly recommend this read to everyone.  It’ll really enhance your appreciation for the season.

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