The Shattered Vigil

The Shattered Vigil

by Patrick W. Carr


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Award-Winner Carr Delivers Latest in Fantasy Saga

Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.

In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213472
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Darkwater Saga Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 495,989
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick W. Carr is author of the acclaimed and award-winning The Staff and the Sword series, as well as The Darkwater Saga. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Carr worked at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and as an engineering consultant. Patrick's day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, Tennessee. Patrick is a member of ACFW and MTCW and makes his home in Nashville with his incredible wife and their four awesome sons.

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The Shattered Vigil 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and full of action. The only problem with Patrick Carrs books are the time is spend sucked in to them. I find all of his books very difficult to put down!
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Everyone has those authors – when someone asks you for a recommendation – they’re the top names to spill out of your mouth. When asked why you like them, you can try to name things like excellent style, plot, or characters, but it’s really all of those things, and yet none of them at once. It’s that otherness, that quality you can’t pin down, but that resonates so strongly with you. Most simply put, the way you read, they write. “The Shattered Vigil” has more of everything from the previous Darkwater Saga book – more world building, more character history, more twists. There is never a moment where the reader knows what is coming next, as nothing is ever revealed as you would think. This is edge-of-your-seat storytelling at it’s finest. The story has so much going on, so many plot threads weaving and looping back on themselves, with each character getting their chance to carry the narrative. I really enjoyed that aspect, that through the individual adventures of each character, we begin to see just how vast the fight really is, and how it will impact their entire world, not just one kingdom, not just one story. There is well-timed humor, deeply poignant moments, and pulse-racing-page-flipping action, all led by characters I don’t want to leave at the end of the work. In short, I crave the next installment! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Remind me why I read series before they’re complete?! WHY?! It’s a killer when the series is so well done because as you turn those final pages, when more questions come, stakes are raised and the unexpected happens, you also know you’re going to have to wait a year. Boooooo! You know it’s a job well done when you read book one over a year ago, but weren’t lost when you started book two. Y’all ever had that happen? You’re really excited for the next book and as you start reading, you think “wait, who are these people?” And then it’s about 100 pages before it all starts coming back. Not so with this series! I was able to jump right back into the story and Carr continues to raise the bar. Each book he writes gets better and while I really enjoyed his first series, I’m loving this one. Not only is the story creative, there’s complex characters beyond the normal. That’s why I love fantasy! There’s plenty of the unexpected, making the title quite fitting. There’s some intense and hard parts, but I believe they fit the story and play a role to the people and the story. It doesn’t make it any less intense though. I also loved this quote: “Because I’ve yet to see mankind make a mistake that it was unwilling to repeat.” If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend getting book one and then this one. I wouldn’t mind seeing it in a movie form either! What’s a current series you are loving? (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally posted at
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible good versus evil fantasy novel! I thoroughly enjoyed returning to the fantasy land that this author has crafted. The characters are so well developed and presented that I connected with them and felt their frustration as they were trying to sort out the mystery of where the danger was coming from. The plot was filled with a lot of twists and turns that really made me focus my attention on the story to follow what was going on. This is a great book to get lost in and lose track of time. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
This novel, The Shattered Vigil, is the second in the trilogy. I think readers should really read the first book before reading this second one, or they would quickly become confused. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and the action sweeps the reader into the story really quickly if the first book has already been read. I enjoyed this book very much. I think it is even better than the first, except that I felt the first book had a firmer ending than this one. The story is mainly told in first person by the main character, Willet Dura, but there are also chapters in third person focused on other characters. I didn't have any trouble switching between characters in this fashion. I especially enjoyed learning a bit more about Bronwyn's character. The book has plenty of action, and some of the questions from the first book are resolved, or expounded upon. Of course, there is still a third book to come, so not everything is resolved yet, and I really can't wait to read the next novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
This sequel is even better than the first book... The Shattered Vigil The Darkwater Saga #2 By Patrick W. Carr Their victory over the Darkwater forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have given them a reprieve in their war against the growing darkness. But all too soon the Vigil learns the true cost of their victory - it has provided cover for the enemy's latest attack. And the Vigil is vulnerable to this newest threat that has come against them ~ an enemy that cannot be seen. Willet Dura has yet to gain the Vigil's trust due to the vault hidden within his mind - a vault that cannot be opened and may be linked to his night within the Darkwater Forest. Yet he, along with the street urchins he has befriended, may be the Vigil's best hope for survival. For survival has just become their greatest priority when yet another member goes missing. With the darkness tightening its grip, the Vigil is faced with a choice reveal what they know and submit to the church. Or they scatter to the far reaches of the Northern Continent searching for answers to the questions now confronting them while staying ahead of those hunting them. Meanwhile Willet is forced to confront his feelings for Gael and her refusal to accept his decision to leave her behind. And then there is Willet's friendship with Ealdor which was brought into question by the Vigil in The Shock of Night. If possible this second book in the series is even better than the first and the ending leaves the reader wondering what comes next. The Shattered Vigil is the perfect name for this book as it describes the book in three words. And, yes, you do have to read the first book to fully appreciate this series. The writing style of Patrick Carr is fantastic as it draws one into the story - one can easily see why he is an award-winning writer. If you enjoy fantasy that has a spiritual undercurrent get ready to be transported to a world where the lines between darkness and light are become harder to discern. I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions expressed are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
The Shattered Vigil is a deep, epic tale! In this second installment of The Darkwater Saga, the Vigil is racing the clock, trying to fight against the evil that revealed itself during Bas-solas. If you enjoy a story with layers upon layer upon twists upon right hooks, then you will adore this book! I really like how Patrick Carr is able to weave keen observations about life and deep, spiritual truths into the story. I loved the increased roll of the urchins. And invisible, zombie-like people? Well done, Patrick Carr. Well done. The writing style is different, and sometimes I felt like it pulled me out of the story. There are a lot of descriptions and personal musings, and it left me wanting more dialogue and action. While the plot is superb, this is the kind of book that I need to break into smaller chunks. Three Stars. Despite feeling pulled out of the story, I am invested in this epic tale. I want to know how it ends! The Shattered Vigil is the second book in The Darkwater Saga. Read my review of the first book, The Shock of Night, here. You would definitely want to read the first book, The Shock of Night, before reading The Shattered Vigil. While each book (thus far) deals with a specific problem, the events of the second book are built on an important foundation laid in the first book. I received a copy of The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This is a high octane - deep despair - strong sarcasm - assured darkness that is so steeped in its evil that they thought they were rid of it but they could never fully get rid of it. This story is a battle of the minds, wills, and powers that be, There is a lot of death and even the horror in death - you must be aware of that - The book has parallel stories with stories in the Bible - which is awesome - when you open the book - the book says - hello my name is The Shattered Vigil - what is yours? well we are going on a journey would you like to come along? yes - good here we goooooooooooooooo and so you go - and you are on for a major ride - you get so invested into the characters that you cry when they cry and you actually laugh when they laugh - you have your family say - what is so funny? The vigil is in charge of seeking out and killing the evil - which they already thought they killed it all but apparently they didn't. What happens next? I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE SHATTERED VIGIL by Patrick W. Carr from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. It is a great, thick book – my favorite kind of epic fantasy adventure. It sucks you right in and doesn’t let you go. This is part of the Darkwater Saga – book two to be exact. I’m new to the works of Patrick W. Carr, but he now has a fan in me. I hadn’t read book one, but I will look for it now. I also see there is a novella I was have to check out. This isn’t a happy go lucky story, so if that is what you are looking for, you might want to find something different. This is dark and gritty. Some parts of the story are hard to read. They are raw and real; the entire book is intense. The characters prove that you can fight on in the most difficult of situations. I don’t recommend reading this before bed. The intensity will keep you up and the complex situations will keep you pondering. There is, of course, also love, and there is some hope. I recommend this series to fans of dark epic fantasy. You won’t be disappointed if you give THE SHATTERED VIGIL a chance.