This is an interesting medieval fantasy about the transformation of a young man and his possible future role in the kingdom. Errol Stone is a drunk who is pretty much ignored in his village of Callowford when he volunteers to deliver a message to a priest who lives in a treacherous woods for a fee. He's almost killed by an assassin and has to run for his life with the priest and a few others. Along the way we discover important insights into his past, meet people who would try to influence him for good or evil, and watch him mature into a true hero.
This is the first book in a trilogy and it was interesting to follow Errol through his adventures and see how he changed throughout the book. I haven't read too many books considered to be medieval fantasy, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect. I found it a little hard to get into it at first, but as Errol changed and the action continued, I became more interested. I liked the different characters and the abilities shown were interesting to see. The church is a powerful force in the story, with some priests good and some evil. The Trinity is mentioned in the story and we clearly see good and evil, but a relationship with God isn't shown. There's a lot of action and hints of romance. I am interested to see where the next two go and if my guess about Errol's future comes true!
This book is available February 2013 from Bethany House Publishers.