Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, #1)Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
I have enjoyed books by this author before so I was thrilled to start a new series by him!  Willet is a detective or investigator (sort of).  He is called to investigate a murder and is given an unexpected and shocking gift.  He is still investigating the murder but there is much more going on than he had originally believed.  
Ok, this book looks to be a long book, but once you start, it flies by!  I think Willet is amazingly written.  He is a smart, problem-solver which is exactly what he should be.  I wasn't sure how the Christian or Faith aspect would translate into the book but the author did a great job with it.  I think this could cross over into the 'regular' fantasy as well.  The world the author created is intriguing and he wove in mystery, romance, sword play and twists and turns.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. I loved this one as well. It really helped that I read the prequel novella before, so I knew a lot about Willet. Great review!