The Shock of Night

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 retWhen 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 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.
The Shock of Night 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 ques

  • Title: The Shock of Night
  • Author: Patrick W. Carr
  • ISBN: 9780764213465
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I'll always be amazed at the amount of depth Patrick W. Carr puts into his storyworlds. As with all my reviews, you're welcome to PM me for my full thoughts on this read. :-)

    2. 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 ou [...]

    3. I’m almost sorry I have to review this as Christian fiction. I mean Bethany says it is. He’s represented by Steve Laube. Of course it’s Christian. Right?The book is entertaining, brilliant, creative, and very well written. It’s a professional production (though the map seems to be an afterthought). In all ways, I should be excited to share a book I highly recommend. It is a shock—of night.A Modern Traditionally Published Fantasy ThrillerReally, I could leave the review right here. You [...]

    4. I was really keen to start Patrick W. Carr's new series since I raced through his Staff and the Sword trilogy, being among my favourite reads of 2014. I've discovered the Darkwater Saga has the same complex, unique and carefully plotted new land I would have expected from him. There are some differences, though.We have an older, more experienced hero, for a start. Willet is more confident in the ways of the world than Errol was at the start of the other trilogy. He's already widely known for his [...]

    5. When Patrick W. Carr first emerged onto the Christian fiction fantasy scene with his debut book, "A Cast of Stones", I knew that fans of this genre had found a new author to watch. Each book released since then has proved this conclusion to be true, and when his last series ended I certainly hoped that his stellar writing would continue. "The Shock of Night" has proven that he's getting better and better as a writer, as I liked this book even more than his prior series! The novel grabbed hold of [...]

    6. I've loved Patrick Carr's fantasy from page one of A Cast of Stones. He offered something new, rich, original in a crowded genre. I've read A Cast of Stones three times now, and it's just as magical every time. When I saw his newest release, I couldn't wait to see what he had to offer. He's grown immensely as a writer. The geography, history, religion, and plotting of his new land are all much more detailed but still within grasp of reader comprehension. His characterization is just as good as b [...]

    7. If you're fans of fantasy, you'll surely want to run to the book store to buy a copy of "The Shock of Night" written by Mr. Carr. Full of creativity, entertainment and fantasy, you will have entered into a whole new world. I found this book to be deep, depressing and dark at many times throughout the book. However, this book does not shy away from creativity of a world that is innovative. The characters in the story have these amazing gifts given by God, which can be used on demand. How many of [...]

    8. *4.5 Stars* Find more of my reviews over at Lekeisha The BooknerdI’m all in for this saga, unless the next book proves otherwise. I love the world building here -the desperation of the people, the envy of not having a gift, the thieving and whoring, the evil lurking about, and just the spiritual mystery of it all. Willet is more driven here as he gets so frustrated trying to get answers. More killing, action, and spiritual magic at play here. I love that, although this is Christian Fiction, it [...]

    9. 4,25 stars - English Ebook - I have dyslexia -- For the body, beauty and craft, For the soul sum of parts, For the spirit, help and devotion. -A new world of fantasy where four kind of gifts rule the land. Lord Dura is the one who resolves problems for the King. Murder problems. But when A gifted person and his guard get murdered a new world opens for Lord Willow Dura, former soldier and survivor of Darkwater forrest. In this book you never know who is Lord Dura's friend or enemy. In high tempo [...]

    10. After quite enjoying the prequel novella 'By Divine Right' I decided to jump in and read the full length novel. It should be stated in advance that I am not a huge fantasy buff. I tend to prefer outright historical fiction, or what I call 'historic' fantasy- that which is similar to historical fiction but is set in a fictional country, and does not generally include fantasy elements, like magic or dragons or the like. Not that I have any fundamental problem with the above (I was a big Narnia fan [...]

    11. 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, [...]

    12. (I recived an ARC copy from Net Galley in exchange of a honest review)I really liked this book! The writing:It was good, I enjoyed it. Sometimes it seemed like the book was too long but anyway I enjoyed it. Other problem I had was that for me was a bit difficult to get into the story at first but once that I did, it was really good. You know a thing I loved about the writing? It made me doubt of everything and everyone and I love when that happens.You have two POVs: from the main character Wille [...]

    13. Not quite sure what to think of this yetGET THE PREQUEL By Divine Right BEFORE YOU READ THIS AND YOU WON'T WANT TO throw the characters in a bottomless pit PUT IT DOWN IN FRUSTRATION.All in all, not quite what I expected/was hoping for. I was hoping for a flawed man, who was offered a smidgen of hope, then did everything he could to a) test it (because he's been let down so many times its impossible to not resist it at first) and then b) make the best of the situation and make friends along the [...]

    14. Carr has created another medieval world with elements of supernatural with theological implications, mystery, plotting, rich characterization and creative story telling par excellence. I loved "The Staff and the Sword" trilogy, and I loved this first book in the Darkwater Saga. I don't read many books that leave my heart pounding as this one did not read it at bedtime, if you value your sleep.

    15. Before we begin…I don’t typically read reviews from others until I have finished mine as I don’t want to be influenced by their thoughts. I was getting a bit confused in the beginning of the story though and so I’m glad that I stopped over at and read the first review that popped up by David Bergsland. Without it I wouldn’t have known that there is a free prequel, By Divine Right, which is intrinsic to the understanding of the story. Go grab it before you read The Shock of Night and i [...]

    16. Adventure, mystery and intrigue. The beginning was a bit confusing (1st two chp) but I soon got swept up in the mystery of what the heck was going on and what the heck had happened. I was on the edge if my seat the entire time. It was a great read and I look forward to the next one!

    17. Patrick W. Carr isn't resting on the laurels garnered by his previous fantasy series. In this first of a brand new saga appropriately titled Darkwater, he reaches new heights as an author, crafting a rich setting full of vivid characters with stakes to match. Add all that to a potent mystery tackled by a wonderfully irascible sleuth, and I know what sequel I am most looking forward to in the new year.It's difficult to offer a summary of the book that doesn't completely give away the first major [...]

    18. First off, you should know that despite my love of Tolkien, I don't read all that much fantasy. So my mind tends to wander when I pick up a fantasy book, which is what, unfortunately, happened with The Shock of Night. It had nothing at all to do with the author's work, just my lack of attention span for this novel.Have you ever read The Lord of the Rings? How about the Cadfael books by Ellis Peters? Somehow, and I'm not sure exactly how, Patrick Carr managed to create a nearly perfect combinatio [...]

    19. “Despite their conviction of my guilt, they weren't stupid, and the village idiot could piece the reason for the attack together.”Willet Dura stated this over 200 pages into the book. After 300 pages, I still couldn't “piece the reason” together for why anything was happening in this story. Maybe it was because I would read this before bed, so I was tired, but I've read engaging books while being exhausted and understood them. I didn't finish this book, but I may finish it at a later tim [...]

    20. The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr—What darkness lurks in the Darkwater Forest?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 [...]

    21. 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 w [...]

    22. About the Book: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 hav [...]

    23. 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 religio [...]

    24. Posting this on behalf of my dd who is not on : Complex Page Turner, Action-filled Fantasy!By Lauren RochonThis review is for: The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga) (Paperback)This action, fantasy story is set in a medieval time period. In this world, there are many special powers/gifts that some people are given which make them masters at their craft/job/skill. Others are not so fortunate, which causes some degree of tension in the kingdoms. The protagonist gains a very rare power/gift which [...]

    25. The world is the limit when you read or write fantasy, and Patrick Carr draws the reader in as surely as the Darkwater lures its unsuspecting victims in. A world where the caste system is alive and well, and your worth and status is determined by the gift you have been given. This world might not be so very different from worlds created by any author of fiction. As I read this, I could almost believe that the world I live in really is so simple, and is divided into the groups of that world. It i [...]

    26. Willet Durra is a man who knows his place in society. He is the lowest noble, has enemies, he solves crimes, and he is about to marry the woman that he loves. His life may not be perfect, but he understands it. Until a dying man screams a word and his life changes.This is a fantasy book that has a complex plot and many characters involved. I had a hard time at first pulling everything together. Once I figured out who was who I was pulled into the world of Darkwater and had a hard time putting th [...]

    27. This action, fantasy story is set in a medieval time period. In this world, there are many special powers/gifts that some people are given which make them masters at their craft/job/skill. Others are not so fortunate, which causes some degree of tension in the kingdoms. The protagonist gains a very rare power/gift which sets in motion an exciting plot involving multiple kingdoms and religious factions. There are many ethical dilemmas in this story which cause the reader to consider their own bel [...]

    28. This is another great read from Patrick Carr. Just like in Carr’s “The Staff and the Sword” series, the church plays a role – but it’s definitely not the same kind of story. Although some concepts and lines seem to be borrowed from other fantasy books or movies, the story is quite original. The main character, Willet Dura, is a true mystery. What has happened to him in the evil infested Darkwater Forrest – and will his overnight stay there affect him like it does everybody else? Will [...]

    29. Wow the action did not stop, even to the end it did not stop. I am glad that I read the prequel novella to this story as I feel that it helped me have a better understanding of the main character and the main supporting characters. I am hoping that in the next book on the series that Willet gets a break. If you are reading this book because you loved the Cast of Stones series then you will still appreciate the depth of world building and development of characters. There is a difference between t [...]

    30. Willet Dura is King Ladir’s trusted reeve, the lowest of the titled, and engaged to marry his beloved Gael, yet he is still haunted by the war. He has a mysterious gift for knowing when someone will be murdered and is always the first on the scene, he fears that his involvement may be more than simply coincidental, yet he has a strange fixation with death and the live after.The death of an elderly priest changes his life forever when he receives a rare gift, hidden for ages, that puts his well [...]

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