The Shock of Night

The Shock of NightThe Shock of Night by Patrick Carr
Series: The Darkwater Saga
Genres: Fantasy
Published by Bethany House on November 3, 2015
Pages: 455

 

About The Shock of Night (from the back cover):
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.

Pull up a good blanket and a cup of hot chocolate because you aren’t going to want to stop until you get to the very end.

This is the first full book in The Darkwater Saga by Patrick Carr. The previous title, By Divine Right, is a novella only and admittedly I had not read prior to picking up The Shock of Night. The genre listed is fantasy, but really this book could be dual listed as a murder mystery as well. The majority of the book is a twisted maze of ‘who done it’ with two different beginning plot lines that intersect and combine about halfway through the book. For those looking for a book easy to dive into and understand from the beginning, this isn’t it. It takes the first seven to eight chapters to truly get a handle on the different factions in the book as well as how the characters fit together.  Once you get to page 200, pull up a good blanket and a cup of hot chocolate because you aren’t going to want to stop until you get to the very end.

Overall, a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the final pages.

This book is a little on the dark side, but true fans of fantasy won’t be surprised. There are a number of relatively graphic descriptions of injuries and how murders were committed sprinkled throughout this book. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for the crowd under age 14 or so. The ending is a certain cliffhanger, so I am looking forward to the next book in the series. For those of you who love fantasy, this is your book. For those who shy away from violence, this one’s probably not for you. Overall, a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the final pages.

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