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The Shock of Night

(The Darkwater Saga #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  943 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 459 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Bethany House (first published October 27th 2015)
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Derek Johnson In a sense there is a lot of religion in this book. It is all a fantasy though. I suppose people who are religious find reminders of their Christianit…moreIn a sense there is a lot of religion in this book. It is all a fantasy though. I suppose people who are religious find reminders of their Christianity in it. But I do not think it is "preachy".
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With dark books like this, it's the ending that determines whether I rate up or down. The key element I need is hope. Without it, my imagination can't expel the sense of doom and gloom when I return to real life.

This book was dark enough that I'm struggling with it today. I was upset about some of the character losses, as well as the narrowing path that Willet is being forced down. I probably won't continue the series because I'm afraid of how much worse it can get and who else will die before
Christian Fiction Addiction
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
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 our main guy
David Bergsland
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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 Thriller

Really, I could leave the review right here. You should be
Paula Vince
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Lekeisha The Booknerd
*4.5 Stars* Find more of my reviews over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

I’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 d
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
Zoe Schoppa
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 Goodreads 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 it ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
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, ...more
Aldii - perfectioninbooks
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
(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
Merenwen Inglorion
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not quite sure what to think of this yet...
GET 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 t
Bethany Reinstedt
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though this book confused me for the first half, like many fantasies do, as mysteries became clear and the pace sped up I was drawn in and truly enjoyed the read. By the last third, I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to read book 2!
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 not read it at bedtime, if you value your sleep.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(This review is replicated for The Wounded Shadow, book three of the series)

I had considered the reviewing each book of the trilogy separately, but the reality is they could be one near-1500 page volume, so close do the books follow on each other and so intricately are they entwined. There's hardly any repeat of information from the previous books (which I, reading them all in the course of a week, appreciated, but I feel for anyone who had to wait a year to complete the series).

This is one int
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't know, it just didn't do it for me. It was definitely suspenseful—I didn't have trouble picking it up to keep reading. But at the end, I just felt dissatisfied with no interest in continuing the series. It's sad, because I thought it would be right up my alley: Christian fantasy that isn't preaching and that deals with dark, hard subjects.

I didn't particularly like any of the characters (except Bolt, but he felt rather the stereotypical: the stoic, bulky bodyguard who ends up liking the
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I am so so so glad I tried to read this again. The first time, I started it, and I couldn’t get into it. But this time WOW. I feel like this series is going to be better than the Staff and the Sword, even though that one was really good. This one feels better. And a little darker. I loved how there was lots of info that came out throughout the book, and you weren’t told everything about the world straightaway.
And Bolt??? Best character ever. Allllmost better than the archer dude who I can’t reme
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Michelle R. Wood
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Carissa (Regency Woman)
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
S.A. Thorup
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: put-down-for-now
“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 time.

This b
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 fight to co
Jalynn Patterson
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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
J.L. Mbewe
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 religious
Karen R
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Posting this on behalf of my dd who is not on goodreads:
Complex Page Turner, Action-filled Fantasy!
By Lauren Rochon
This 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/gi
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lauren by: Karen R
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 ...more
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Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has w ...more

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