I believe it starts out in a tavern and someone is going to be an apprentice to someone... that part is blurry... but I do remember castles and an evil king and his magicians were failing him... there were 3 I think.
I believe someone was rescued from the castle, not entirely sure. And there were these giant stone monsters that the rescuers had to bypass to get to the castle. One of them climbed the tower and went in through the window. Anyway, there were 4 orbs that needed to be obtained to awaken a sleeping king who I believe was going to bring peace back to the land. And there were giant bats and evil parties also trying to obtain the orbs.
It was not written by a female. And it was written before 2012 because that was when I read it, possibly a year sooner. I think it may have been part of a series.
Does anyone know what this is?