The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: The Darkwater Saga
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!
Disclaimer: 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.
About Patrick W. Carr
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 http://www.patrickwcarr.com.