This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr
Series: The Darkwater Saga #2
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
Award-Winner Carr Delivers Latest in Fantasy Saga
Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.
Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.
I have been a fan of Author Patrick W. Carr since I first read A Cast of Stones. When I saw that he had a new series, The Darkwater Saga, I absolutely had to check it out. This is a different flavor of fantasy than I had come to expect from Mr. Carr but it is engrossing, full of darkness and utterly complex.
This is an epic fantasy and if you are expecting happy endings you will not find them here. There is conflict from beginning to end. This story is a battle of the minds, wills, and powers that be. There are many elements that combined make this book dark, gritty, and painful at times. The characters are given hope and then that hope is just dashed but they must soldier on and continue to fight the good fight. There is death and at times horror in death. This story follows no formulas.
The complexity of this story just pulls you into the moment and makes you feel as if you are part of the story. You will be emotionally connected for both good and bad with the characters. It just makes reading this story very intense. That intensity is also paired humor, love, and sarcasm, I do love sarcasm. 😉 The relationship between Willet Dura and Bolt has carried through from the first installment and they pairing is has only developed and become stronger.
What won’t you find in this story? Patrick W. Carr has consistently given us amazing writing that was free of graphic sexual situations as well as keeping the horror level to an acceptable minimum. The Shattered Vigil is no exception to this pattern. This is an action packed epic fantasy that is also a clean read!
What do I wish was different? This story is told from the point of view of Dura and I wish that it was told from third person or from alternating points of views. I really do enjoy when I get to see things from the perspectives of other characters, listen to their inner monologue and understand how they are feeling. Aside from that I found that this was an excellent read and I highly recommend it!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Bethany House Publishers for this eARC of The Shattered Vigil*