The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga Book #1)

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga Book #1)

by Patrick W. Carr

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Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it's as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he's been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that's not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he's pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world--a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

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ISBN-13: 9781441265463
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Darkwater Saga , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 182,233
File size: 6 MB

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. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.
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. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.

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The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga Book #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
LoverOfStory More than 1 year ago
Well-written and engaging, The Shock of Night begins one of my new favorite fantasy series! I look forward to the rest of the series! It presents a different sort of fantasy world, in which gifts and talents are tangible entities to be given and received and when used correctly, produce a prosperous nation. The reality of darkness lingers, however, and those on the side of the light cannot ignore it. Carr’s character and plot development is purposeful and has great depth. The protagonist (Willet Dura) possesses strength of moral character that is inspiring. The battle between darkness and light, right and wrong, truth and lies are on display and the lines are not blurred. There is a clear delineation between what is born of light and good and what is born of darkness and evil. Note: Although this book is understandable by itself, there was an e-novella published entitled By Divine Right that provides some background information to Willet Dura’s story. I would recommend reading this novella first before reading The Shock of Night. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. This review was posted to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads, CBD, Deeper Shopping, and Library Thing (if available).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night is book one in author Patrick Carr's Darkwater Saga fantasy series. Published by Bethany House Publishers this 450+ page book is a riveting read. You can tell by the cover it is going to be something different, action packed, and maybe even a bit magical. There is action, drama, mystery, fantasy, intrigue, and the conflict of right from wrong. It is a good book for most anyone. The author has a way with words and storytelling. The storyline flows quickly and is interesting with its fast pace. The writer has a smooth writing style and uses dialogue to help us learn about the characters and their surroundings. The characters are well defined and developed superbly. The story has a lot of twists and turns which the book hard to put down. It is set in a society where people are either gifted or non-gifted. The gifted have exaggerated abilities in singing, athletics, or music. It is a believable fantasy book that deals with many issues including religion and government. I would recommend it. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr is a great book for the fantasy fiction reader. Although this genre of writing is not my favorite, I found the book interesting and a little comlex to follow. A lot of “kingdom” terms interfered a little with my understanding hindering my interest especially with the length of 455 pages, but the action helped to me to follow the storyline. The touch of romance helped somewhat to keep me interested. I will definitely pass this book to my daughter-in-law who loves to read this genre of novels. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Annamarie98 More than 1 year ago
The Darkwater claims all who enter it. And yet here is Willet Dura. Somehow he's escaped it, the lone survivor of a company of soldiers to escape it. Now plagued with sleep walking, (or so he believes it to be,) he is haunted by the things he cannot recall. Head reeve to the King of Bunard in a world divided by those with gifts and those without, Willet is tasked with solving the mysterious murder of two men - a simple guard and the man he serves. But as the priest is dying, he grasps Willet and screams in a strange tongue. He dies without explaining. Now Willet is back to the task of solving the murders. As more and more people show up dead, he discovers a new power to see into the deepest, darkest thoughts of those he touches. Digging deeper, Willet discovers he is now one of the gifted - with a gift that shouldn't exist. Join Willet as he strives to solve the murders of those around him and come to grips with his new and potential deadly gift. ♥♥♥ Patrick Carr is one of my all time favorite fantasy writers! Like, seriously his book Cast of Stones was captivating on so many levels! That said, when I saw this book on the Book Club Network I was ecstatic! I was slightly less so when I saw the font! It is a super duper tiny font that made the book daunting for those of us having a hard time focusing. Add that to the fact that the book is already 450 pages and it makes it quite a heavy read! But despite that, I still was enthralled with the premise and twist in The Shock of Night. Nothing is as it seems. While the back of the book seems to tell you exactly what will happen, the characters and settings take on a whole new meaning as more and more facts come to light. The characters were so refreshing! Willet Dura and Gale, his fiance, were fun and witty. The description of the little pickpockets followed nicely with the Prequel Novella I read a few months back. All and all, Patrick W, Carr has introduced us to a whole new world of good versus evil and I have to applaud him! I give this book a 4/5! Bravo Mr Carr! I can't wait for the sequel to The Shock of Night! I was given this book by the Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
This is a deep, detailed and thought provoking read! It definitely takes your concentration and attention to keep track of the wonderful world and characters this author has created. Mystery and suspense abound and leave you on the edge of your seat. The fantasy is well-written and I commend the author on his creativity. You feel as if you are a part of the scene and action that is happening. The ending leaves you satisfied but wanting the next book to know how the story continues. I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A fantasy novel filled with suspense and mystery! The development of the characters is wonderful. There are a lot of intricacies in each of the main characters. Most of them comprise the group called The Vigil. Even very close to the end of the book I was learning new things about them. I really feel like there are still some unknown aspects to some of these individuals. The storyline is incredible with lots of twists and turns throughout the book. I was rooting for Willet Dura to work out the problems and solve the mysteries. The journey he took was filled with questions, danger and heartache. I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night, first book of The Darkwater Saga by Patrick W. Carr, is a fascinating story that fans of fantasy and suspense will not want to miss. The story grips the reader from the beginning to the end with many twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Carr has created a medieval type world that surrounds The Darkwater Forest, a forest with dark secrets that are being unleashed on the kingdoms around, creating desperation and gloom. It may be a new world the author has created but the struggle of good vs evil, as old as time itself, is here too. Willet Dura, ever troubled by the war of 10 years ago that ended with him being the lone survivor of a troop of men that entered the Darkwater Forest is the King's reeve. He is the 'least of the king's nobility, a lord without land, hardly more than a servant' and yet the King trusts him implicitly. Murders have happened and he is commissioned to find the killer. The more he searches, the more he realizes there is so much more that he needs to know before the mystery can be solved, before the evil can be stopped. He has inadvertently, or perhaps intentionally, been gifted with a gift that places him in a small circle of individuals, The Vigil, the existence of which is little known and oft denied. Can this small band, entrusted with holding back the evil of the Forest, work together to stop the tide of evil? Will they ever accept Dura as one of their own and does he really even want that to happen?Who is at the center of this insidious horror that threatens the kingdom? Carr's descriptions are vivid and rich, the action scenes are fast-paced and suspenseful. His characters are colorful and substantial, believable in this fantasy world and evocative, causing the reader to admire, love or despise. Carr's reminds readers that people are the same no matter what world they live in...plagued by guilt, greed, anger, fear, and at the core--spiritual lassitude. And yet, these same individuals love, extend loyalty, are sacrificial and trustworthy. The Shock of Night is a remarkable start to what promises to be a remarkable series. The author has written an e-novella prequel, By Divine Right, that gives a helpful backstory to The Shock of Night. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, book one) is one of my favorite reads of late! Author Patrick Carr’s complex characters (two with wonderfully witty proverbs), a smart plot with rich layers of twists and turns and clues strung from beginning to end, and a vivid setting in the city of Bunard and the nearby Darkwater Forest, kept me intrigued from the start. I didn’t read the introductory novella, which did make the beginning chapter of the book feel like you’re jumping in to the deep end of the pool in terms of getting to know the lay of the land and ways of the people, but you are still able to get caught up. I am going to excitedly go back to read it, and can’t wait for the next book in the series. The Shock of Night keeps you on your feet as you follow Willet Dura, the King of Bunard’s reeve, as he works to solve the murder of a man who gives him a gift that has been erased from the history books, and as he is found by the small and motley crew of others that wield the gift, one that very importantly keeps the Darkwater Forest at bay. You learn of the enormity of the gift right along with Willet, as well as of the great conflict that threatens this crew, the Vigil, and Willet’s home of Bunard. Willet became one of my favorite fiction characters over the read. He moves to the beat of his own drum, not playing the games of the King’s Court, and possessing a rough around the edges heart of gold that beats strong for the least of these in his city. He is a noble, brash and complicated man that you learn to love and respect over the course of the book, and it is stimulating to see the city of Bunard and its people through his eyes. Rich themes of trust, servanthood, fidelity, love, sacrifice, gifting, the virtue of nobility juxtaposed with the position of Nobility, power and responsibility, and the corrupting power of emotions fill the book. And as you learn about the tainting power of the Darkwater Forest, it makes you wonder about the chinks in your own armor. Would you have fallen under its power? If you are looking for a solidly suspenseful and rewarding fantasy read, I highly recommend The Shock of Night. The characters alone make it worth it. And like me, you’ll be guessing from beginning to end. *I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Book Club Network. The opinions are entirely my own.*
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is not my normal genre of books, yet I found this one very enjoyable. It is full of mystery, fantasy, murder, some romance and more. If you are not interested in science fiction and fantasy you will probably not enjoy this novel. This is my first novel by Patrick Carr, he has the ability to transform the unknown into a wold all its own. There is blood shed, war, torture, mystery and some unknown throughout this novel. Willet Dura is a loyal reeve to the king, when things go beyond his control he must face many fears and decide what is truly best for him. When he must defend his city, the king and those from the poor district he is torn. He finds that he has a hard time remembering things from his past. When he starts loosing himself to a 'gift' will he ever be able to find the true Willet Dura again. Dura is pushed to the test over and over and is not even sure whom he should trust. You will find yourself swept away and sometimes lost throughout this novella, it is Part one in the Darkwater Saga, there is a Novella (prequel) called By Divine Right. I have not read this, yet it may bring light things to help in understanding this novel. I was given a copy of this novel from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
There’s something so fun about starting a new series, especially from a trusted author and genre. That’s exactly what this post is about. Patrick W. Carr’s newest series, The Darkwater Saga, has kicked off with all the awesome! I was a huge fan of Carr’s first series, The Staff and the Sword, so as I mentioned, I couldn’t wait to start this one. I can tell you it has been worth the wait! From the world created, the characters and the plot, I fully enjoyed every aspect. I really liked our main guy Willet. His story and his whole personality…I loved it! He’s different from a lot of the main characters I come across and I thought Carr did a fabulous job with him. I also really liked Bolt. He’s a secondary character, but trust me, he’s awesome! Plus his name is Bolt. The story is also intriguing and captivated me. The more I read, the more I got into it. With entertainment, twists and intrigue, this story keeps fantasy fans hooked. By the end, well, I didn’t want it to end and now I cannot wait for the next in the series! If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to start this series, there’s a novella to kick off the series, By Divine Right. And guess what? It will cost you zero cents to buy. My kinda book. What book can’t you wait to start reading? Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/01/18/the-shock-of-night-by-patrick-w-carr-book-review/
VicG More than 1 year ago
Patrick W. Carr in his new book, "The Shock of Night" Book One in The Darkwater Saga series published by Bethany House introduces us to Willet Dura. From the back cover: The Darkwater Claims All Who Enter It. All But One. When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word. Willet returns to his task, but the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers, and his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he's been passed the rarest gift of all--a gift that's not supposed to exist. Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he's pulled into a dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world--a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest--and what happened to him inside it. This is a murder mystery however this is also Christian Fantasy. Welcome to Darkwater, a land that we have never visited before. Willet Dura is a very complex person with his own problems. Then there are the possible motive for the murder which, I must say, is unique. Mr. Carr has given us a strange land with strange customs that we have to adapt ourselves to. Once we do that then the book really takes off. This is grand storytelling that has many facets to it and is meant to be enjoyed and savored. Don't hurry through the reading, even though you will want to, as there are many levels of story to take in. Make yourself a large bowl of popcorn and pour yourself a beverage you are going to be here reading for quite a while. Patrick W. Carr is an amazing writer and, in "The Shock of Night", has given us a work that will have us thinking long after we have finished reading the book. I am so looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wished you could read someone’s thoughts? Do a mind meld like Spock? Maybe you don’t. King Laidir’s reeve, Willet Dura, is unwillingly given the gift of domere by a dying member of the Vigil—a group of gifted individuals who weren’t supposed to exist. With a simple touch he can delve not only into the thoughts of someone, but he becomes that person for a few minutes, and sometimes he has to fight to come back out and reclaim his own identity. It’s a gift he’d rather not have. Holding on to other’s secrets is a something he didn’t ask for. And his mind has its own hidden locked doors that even he can’t find the key to open. What does he do in those restless nights when he finally wakes and finds blood on his cloak? Tasked with the investigation of a brutal murder, Willet is thrust into a world of mind melding and deception around every corner. Who can he trust? Even those closest to the King are suspects. Will he be able solve the mystery and unlock his own mind before it’s too late? Or will the one seeking to steal his gift win the battle and destroy the Vigil? Patrick W. Carr creates a fantasy world with such great description that it steps the reader into the pages and streets of Bunard. The Shock of Night, book one of The Darkwater Saga, is well written and sets you up for more to come. For background and to prepare the reader for the series, the novella, By Divine Right, is a good place to start. I recommend reading this first. The characters are dimensional with each holding their own secrets. I liked Bolt’s sayings and the friendship they developed even though Willet struggled to trust his guard. The plot was interesting and kept me reading. I also liked the fight of good vs evil and the symbolic meaning of how each of us has different gifts. This was well done. What I didn’t enjoy about this novel was the overwhelming pages of prose. I found myself skimming, but the danger in doing this was I found myself lost at times, so I had to stop doing it. I felt the author could have cut down a lot of on the prose and added more dialogue. It slowed the pace down for me and I had to put the book down every now and then. I also felt confused by some of the characters and who they were. Some names were very similar. Also, the hype leading up to the battle was well done, but I felt cheated by the actual death of the villain. It was too quick. I did enjoy this book, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s dark and a bit gritty in spots. Will I continue to follow the series? Probably. I do want to see where the Mr. Carr takes us in the saga as he doesn’t tie some loose ends up in a nice bow. You will want to keep going with the Vigil! I give The Shock of Night 3.5 stars. You may want to read it in the light of day!
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
The Shock of the Night is a must read for any fantasy lover. Professionally written, full of creativity, fantasy and adventure, will make you feel as if you entered a completely different world. It is deep, dark, and downright depressing at times, but it is an enjoyable read nonetheless. Although, not exactly considered a Christian Fiction novel as it is a world where God does not seem to exist, there are some elements. For example, the book is heavily set on gifts or talents that God (also known as Aer in their world) gives. There are gifts or talents for almost everything ranging from musical, the ability to design, swordsmanship, and so on. Willet Dura is the reeve to the king of Bunard where he is called to investigate the murder of a man and the priest he works for. Just as he sets about to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams something in a foreign language. Then he dies without saying anything else. Willet returns to the task at hand, but clues to the crime only lead to contradictions and lots of unanswered questions. His senses also seem to be quite different. When he touches people, something new happens. It’s as if he can see into their deepest thoughts. Little does Willet know that he has just been passed the rarest gift of all. In fact, this gift is not even supposed to exist. This only arouses his curiosity and leads to more unanswered questions. Willet must not only pursue the murderer that is still on the loose in Bunard, but he is also drawn into a dangerous conflict that not only threatens his city, but his entire world. Just how is his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest and what happened to him inside it have anything to do with it? Well, you’ll just have to read the book and find out! One of my favorite themes is that Willet has to learn that he can’t do any of this on his own. He has to learn to enlist help and trust others. Willet is also not your average hero. He is witty, cunning, but not overly charming or even described as handsome. He is older and experienced so he knows what he is doing even if he doesn’t always make the smartest decisions. He also has compassion for others, especially the poor. It is filled with friendship and there’s even some romance. I’m curious to see what happens with Gael and can’t wait for the next installment! Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Shockingly Good Fantasy with High Crossover Potential! I've heard amazing things about Patrick W. Carr's work since his debut novel, A Cast of Stones, was released in 2013. I hadn't gotten the chance to get to any of his books, so I immediately jumped on the opportunity to review Carr's latest fantasy novel (and the start of a new series). Now I'm asking myself what took me to long to give his books a try! The Shock of Night is a thrilling crime procedural or mystery set in a medieval fantasy world. Full of political intrigue, action and swordplay, and mysterious powers, this novel has high crossover appeal to not only Adult/YA, but also the general fantasy market as well. Willet Dura is one of King Laidir's reeves: A detective of sorts, the medieval kingdom of Collum's equivalent to a modern-day police investigator. As someone who grew up reading mysteries and watching crime dramas on television, I thought this was a unique touch I hadn't encountered in any of the previous fantasy novels I've read. While called on to solve murders and other crimes, it quickly becomes clear to Willet that there is more at work here. In this fantastical world, people can be "gifted" --charisms from the god Aer which magnifies specific natural talents, abilities, or traits of an individual. Though often passed on from parent to child or mentor to apprentice, when Willet discovers he has been given one of the most powerful and uncommon gifts, he is thrust into the midst of intrigue and danger. Carr's writing is incredibly immersive. While including enough elements and world-building for a full, medieval, fantasy feel, he doesn't get bogged down in minutiae that a lot of fantasy authors can get caught in. The history of this world, concepts of gifting, and the political intrigue between nobles and between the different religious sects are intriguing and can't wait to see what's revealed next. He also masterfully incorporates flashbacks, first person and third person narratives in a logical fashion. While published by Bethany House, I think this fantasy novel could easily cross over into the general market. The spiritual thread isn't an obvious allegorical route that can often be used in Christian fantasy, and it could be considered part of the world-building since it's not "preachy." I'm looking forward to reading more of Carr's Darkwater Saga in the future, especially since this novel ends with a more than a few loose ends! I'd highly recommend The Shock of Night to teens and adults that would enjoy clean but mature medieval fantasy with a mystery component. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.]
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Upon reading of The Staff and the Sword series by Mr. Carr, he became one of my favorite authors – so after learning of his newest book, I was waiting at fever pitch excitement for its release. I’m not ashamed to admit my squeal of glee when it finally came in the mail! And rightly deserved, as this work exceeded my anticipation and expectations in every way! I downloaded and read the novella prequel before diving into The Shock of Night, and I am very glad I did. I recommend anyone who wants to get into this series, (which should be everyone), make sure to pick up the novella. It helps to establish the lore and mythology of the world Mr. Carr has created for us, as he has a wonderfully immersive style, and there is a lot of terminology to become familiar with. The novella also sets up the circumstances that allow Willet to act as he does throughout the main work – which might otherwise appear odd to those who don’t know the backstory. My favorite works are those with stories of redemption at their core, and this book definitely delivers on that point. And this is no simple, easy redemption, but hard-fought, and well written. There are so many twists and turns, that often I would think I had figured out what came next, only to be surprised over and over again. It was a GREAT read. The immediate tale is nicely wrapped up on the final page, but there is so much more story to be told! The mysteries teased on the back cover still linger, awaiting further masterful unfolding. I continue to eagerly await the next installments of The Darkwater Saga. I received a review copy of this work from the publisher
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
Sherlock meets Warbreaker meets The Follower of the Word series. I'm not sure what to think of this adventure. On one hand, it was so good! On the other hand…I have so many unanswered questions. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the ending felt a little anticlimactic for me. Yet, I'm over here like where's the next book??? What I loved: It's deep. Intense. Fast-paced. Dark. The worldbuilding is amazing. The gifts/talents, which got me thinking about the talents we possess in our world. The four religious orders, the court, and the culture. We have only scraped the surface of this world, and I look forward to seeing what Carr will do with it. But I think even better are the characters. Myles the apothecary, Bolt, the swordsman protector but will slit your throat if need be, Custos, the librarian priest. Rory and all the street urchins. They are complex, quirky, and broken. Just like us. They felt so real. As in I-am-missing-my-friends-real. Some of my hang-ups: I was a bit confused at what the characters were alluding to at times. And I almost walked away from the novel when Dura received the "gift". If I hadn't read the novella first and Dura's character hadn't been already established, I might have. But I knew Dura from By Divine Right, so I pushed through, and I'm so glad I did. It's a murder mystery fantasy and that's what hooked me when I first heard about it, but don't let that label fool you. The story and world are so much bigger, and I wonder how the story will continue. Will Dura still be solving murders like he did as a reeve? Or now that he has this "gift", will the flavor of the next books be changed? Will it be more like the classic fantasy stories where the world hangs in the balance between the battle of good and evil? It seems as such, and not that that is a bad thing. Those are the kind of books I love the most. Still, I wonder can a murder mystery novel exist in a fantasy world without the end of the world type feel? I would definitely recommend this book, but make sure you read By Divine Right first. It will help. Trust me. *** I received this book from the publisher to read and review in conjunction with the CSFF blog tour.***
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night The Darkwater Saga #3 By Patrick W. Carr Darkness lurks within the Darkwater Forest. No one who has ever entered the forest has survived it. At least that is what everyone has believed. But Lord Willet Dura once entered the forest. Since then he has night-walked, but only on the nights when someone has been murdered. Having become the least noble within the court of King Lairdir after protecting the crown from treason, Willet has made an enemy of most of the court while befriending the king. Following the brutal murder of an elderly priest and his guard Dura begins experiencing something unusual. He begins to see the memories of those he touches. Has he become cursed or has he been gifted with an unknown gift? Suddenly Willet Dura is of importance to not only the king but all four orders of the church. Could the murder of a priest and his guard be so important to warrant such notice and added danger? Lord Willet Dura has a darkness locked up within him. A darkness that hides the memories of his time within Darkwater. But these memories may hold an important key - one that may save the kingdom from an encroaching evil. For centuries this evil has been waiting - hiding in the darkness - but it is about to strike. Can it be stopped? The Shock of Night is the first full length book in the Darkwater Saga series. Not unlike his previous series (The Staff and The Sword) Patrick Carr has brought to life a damaged hero - Willet Dura. He isn't prone to baser evils but he does have issues with anger. He doesn't easily trust anyone. He has few true friends. The life he wanted was lost to him because of his service during the war. And then there is his mind. Overall I think this is excellent book. Though the murder is solved, in no way is the mystery resolved. I think that Willet Dura maybe in for some interesting conclusions before he or his new "friends" truly understand what is happening within the Darkwater Forest. The loses that Willet has endured and even now faces make him a character one can empathize with. How one faces such difficulties speak to one's inner character and strengths. I, for one, am looking forward to book 2. I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night is the first book I have read by Patrick Carr, and what a fantasy it was. Clocking in at 455 pages, you have a very intricate world of politics, nobles, and religious factions. Throw in a murder mystery and the king’s reeve (detective), Willet Dura, with some secrets of his own that are even unknown to him, an invading army, and you have a tale that will keep you up all hours of the night just to unravel all the knotty threads. Not knowing who to trust, Willet, with his new found gift searches his city for answers to why a priest and his body guard were so brutally murdered? What did they know? Not only that, but as the bodies start stacking up, Willet is in a race against time to prove that he is not a mad man himself, and to unlock the secrets of his own mind of how and why did he survive the evil Darkwater ten years previous, and is all of this connected. I have not read a lot of fantasy as they always seem to confuse me at first until I become immersed in their world and this story was no exception. This is a darker, more violent tale that includes friendship and a hint of romance, which I wish there was more of. I did enjoy reading out of my usual genre and I look forward to the next installment. I received a copy for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like intrigue, mystery and intense fantasy, you will enjoy reading the debut novel of The Darkwater Saga by Patrick W. Carr. Carr introduces us to Lord Dura, the king’s reeve. Assigned to investigate a recent grisly murder, Lord Dura finds himself bequeathed with an unusual gift. This gift he does not understand, but soon realizes he must or it will consume him. The Shock of Night follows Lord Dura on his investigation and his quest to understand his gift. Author Patrick Carr draws us into an intricately created fantasy world of intrigue, deception, and shrouded memories. With detailed descriptions of scenery and characters, Carr introduces readers to the imaginary realms that surround the mysterious Darkwater forest. While I appreciated Carr’s detailed descriptions he used to create the backdrop and settings for The Shock of Night, at times I found details overwhelming which distracted me from what was actually happening. Although this was a novel of mystery and suspense, I felt that some of the characters were so enigmatic it was hard to understand who they were and follow their significance in the plot. Finally, while the characters were strong and developed, the details kept me from getting quickly involved in the plot. I thought The Shock of Night was well written, but a bit too heavy on the details which slowed down the story. Also be aware the violence is quite graphic. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr for my candid review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Shock of Night is the first installment of the Darkwater Saga. Though the book is a bit different from my normal genre but I did still enjoy it. It took me a little while to get into, but once I caught on, I was hooked. 4 stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
I finished The Shock of Night, by Patrick W. Carr last night. It is set in a medieval fantasy world, and at first, it took me a while to get some of the terms and characters straight. Once I was into the book a bit, I adjusted, but it did take a little work to settle into Carr's world. The main character, Willet Dura, is a compassionate man with a sense of humor, and I really enjoyed this character. The setting held a great deal of depth, and many characters were intriguing. I like Carr's style of writing, but I did feel that the book could have been edited a bit shorter, as some sections carried on more than necessary. This book is the first in the Darkwater Saga, so I'm assuming that it will probably be a trilogy - because everything seems to need to be a trilogy for publishers these days - and although it is a stand-alone novel, it does not have a final conclusion, so there is plenty left for the next books. It did have a climax and an ending, though, so I did feel a sense of closure to the book. There was a prequel novella that is an ebook, and I think it would help to get the reader oriented in The Shock of Night faster, but I didn't read the novella so I can't say for sure. I honestly refuse to read ebooks, or I would have enjoyed reading a prequel. I really did enjoy this book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy. I'm looking forward to seeing what Willet does next in the second book. I received this book from publisher Bethany House for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
This is a story that unfolds by a master storyteller. Willet Dura is the King's reeve and he has an uncanny ability to know when someone is murdered and gets to the scene before he's informed by the royal guard. He doesn't stop investigating until he ferrets out the truth. With an engagement to Lady Gael, Willet's life is nearly perfect, except for the fact, the other nobles resent him being raised up to the nobility. When two members of a secret organization are murdered, it's up to Willet to figure out what happened. However, nothing is as it seems and the more he comes in contact with the elders of the organization, the more complicated his life becomes. Mr. Carr has written one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. There are so many layers of betrayal, mistrust, and secrets that Willet must overcome while trying to solve the murder. There was no part of the book that dragged. Just when I thought I had figured out one thing, the author surprises me with more twists and turns than I could have ever imagined. The secondary characters are richly drawn, especially Bolt. I found myself drawn to him more and more. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for these characters. Fans of epic fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this book. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Sci-fantasy (with a Christian bent) since Karen Hancock
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I've enjoyed all his books