The End of the Magi releases!

I’m happy to say that my eighth novel has released! Have you ever wondered who the magi were, where they came from, or what might have happened to them after the birth of Jesus? Just in time for the holiday season, The End of the Magi, explores all of those questions. I hope you’ll read it and share it with your friends and family. 

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Early praise for The End of the Magi

From Publishers Weekly: “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. Fans of Mesu Andrews will love this.”

From Library Journal: “The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr, due November 2019, ISBN 9780764234910 is a story in which the award-winning Christian fantasy author turns to tell the tale of a Biblical epic, the quest of the Magi to find the Messiah. Action-packed, and a great entry from a male author.”

The magi appear for twelve verses in the gospel of Matthew and then disappear from the Biblical and historical record, leaving far more questions posed than answered. Lost in the typical reading and Christmas-time reenactments of their visit is the sense of scope and global politics that were present at the time of the birth of Christ. Empires engaged in  war and trade while vast amounts of goods made the journey from China across Persia to the Roman Empire and back again. Israel served as a buffer zone between the powerful Roman and Parthian Empires. Within these global tensions as a backdrop, we are left with the inevitable question, Who were the magi and how did they come to be in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus? And where did they go?


July 18-20, 2019: Come see me and a whole lot of other folks (including Brent Weeks and Terry Brooks!) at the Realm Makers Conference in St. Louis. There’s still time to sign up. I’ll be teaching classes on editing your manuscript and world-building. Check here.

November 2019: Look for my latest release from Bethany House. Check back here for more details and maps as we get closer

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Patrick W. Carr

Patrick W. Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of cold war tensions. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee.

Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last eight years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. While Patrick enjoys reading about himself, he thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

He’s won some awards for his writing. Here are a few of them:

  • Christy Award Finalist for debut novel – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Christy Award Finalist for speculative fiction – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Clive Staples Award Winner – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Carol Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Carol Award Finalist for speculative fiction – 2014 (Hero’s Lot)
  • Inspy Award Finalist – 2014 (Hero’s Lot)
  • Inspy Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2016 (The Shock of Night)
  • Inspy Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2017 (The Shattered Vigil)
  • Realm Makers Award Winner for epic fantasy – 2016 (The Shock of Night)

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Protagonists: Where to begin?

WRITING Protagonists: This week’s writing tip comes from a recent conversation I had with a couple of writing friends. We started talking about the traits of our protagonists, when a realization hit me: I’d seen protagonists described in all sorts of ways, but never...

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