The Shock of Night #1  -     By: Patrick W. Carr
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The Shock of Night #1

Bethany House / 2015 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764213466
ISBN-13: 9780764213465
Series: Darkwater Saga

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Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic

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.

Author Bio

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 www.patrickwcarr.com.

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  1. Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian medeval fantasy
    August 2, 2016
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Set in medieval times this action packed fantasy book takes you to a world where some people have special gifts inherited in an unusual way. Gifts of musical talent, craftsmanship, supernatural abilities. Tensions are heavy because all of the people have not received these gifts.

    Willet Dura the Kings reeve, what we would considered a modern day police investigator, has inherited a powerful gift of being able to see the darkness inside the hearts of the people by merely touching them. A gift given to him unwillingly by the death of a Vigil.

    Willet has fought in wars, is a hero, courageous, caring for others, compassion and so much more. He wanted to join the church but was unable to do so due the blood on his hands. I loved his character.

    This is the first book I have read by Patrick Carr. What a wonderful introduction to his amazing writing skill. Look forward to reading more of his books.

    The Shock of Night is a very creative sci-fi fantasy of evil, some humor, romance, mysteries to be solved, danger, murder and intrigue with twists and turns. A very enjoyable read for me as I love this type of story.

    I highly recommend this book is you are a fan of the medieval fantasy time period.

    I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting Christian Fantasy
    July 19, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Shock of Night is book one in author Patrick Carr's Darkwater Saga fantasy series. Published by Bethany House Publishers this 450+ page book is a riveting read. You can tell by the cover it is going to be something different, action packed, and maybe even a bit magical. There is action, drama, mystery, fantasy, intrigue, and the conflict of right from wrong. It is a good book for most anyone. The author has a way with words and storytelling. The storyline flows quickly and is interesting with its fast pace. The writer has a smooth writing style and uses dialogue to help us learn about the characters and their surroundings. The characters are well defined and developed superbly. The story has a lot of twists and turns which the book hard to put down. It is set in a society where people are either gifted or non-gifted. The gifted have exaggerated abilities in singing, athletics, or music. It is a believable fantasy book that deals with many issues including religion and government. I would recommend it. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantasy Fiction
    June 21, 2016
    pautoyoung
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr is a great book for the fantasy fiction reader. Although this genre of writing is not my favorite, I found the book interesting and a little comlex to follow. A lot of kingdom terms interfered a little with my understanding hindering my interest especially with the length of 455 pages, but the action helped to me to follow the storyline. The touch of romance helped somewhat to keep me interested. I will definitely pass this book to my daughter-in-law who loves to read this genre of novels. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Darkwater claims all who enter ...
    April 15, 2016
    Anna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    ... and yet here is Willet Dura. Somehow he's escaped it, the lone survivor of a company of soldiers to escape it. Now plagued with sleep walking, (or so he believes it to be,) he is haunted by the things he cannot recall.

    Head reeve to the King of Bunard in a world divided by those with gifts and those without, Willet is tasked with solving the mysterious murder of two men - a simple guard and the man he serves. But as the priest is dying, he grasps Willet and screams in a strange tongue. He dies without explaining.

    Now Willet is back to the task of solving the murders. As more and more people show up dead, he discovers a new power to see into the deepest, darkest thoughts of those he touches. Digging deeper, Willet discovers he is now one of the gifted - with a gift that shouldn't exist.

    Join Willet as he strives to solve the murders of those around him and come to grips with his new and potential deadly gift.

    ♥♥♥

    Patrick Carr is one of my all time favorite fantasy writers! Like, seriously his book Cast of Stones was captivating on so many levels!

    That said, when I saw this book on the Book Club Network I was ecstatic!

    I was slightly less so when I saw the font!

    It is a super duper tiny font that made the book daunting for those of us having a hard time focusing. Add that to the fact that the book is already 450 pages and it makes it quite a heavy read!

    But despite that, I still was enthralled with the premise and twist in The Shock of Night. Nothing is as it seems. While the back of the book seems to tell you exactly what will happen, the characters and settings take on a whole new meaning as more and more facts come to light.

    The characters were so refreshing! Willet Dura and Gale, his fiance, were fun and witty. The description of the little pickpockets followed nicely with the Prequel Novella I read a few months back.

    All and all, Patrick W, Carr has introduced us to a whole new world of good versus evil and I have to applaud him!

    I give this book a 4/5! Bravo Mr Carr! I can't wait for the sequel to The Shock of Night!

    I was given this book by the Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given.
  5. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Detailed and Deep!
    March 23, 2016
    SusanP
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a deep, detailed and thought provoking read! It definitely takes your concentration and attention to keep track of the wonderful world and characters this author has created. Mystery and suspense abound and leave you on the edge of your seat. The fantasy is well-written and I commend the author on his creativity. You feel as if you are a part of the scene and action that is happening. The ending leaves you satisfied but wanting the next book to know how the story continues.

    I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
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