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The Shattered Vigil

(The Darkwater Saga #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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
Paperback, 453 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
3.5 Stars

I can't actually do a proper review of this book as I didn't know at the time I got a print copy from the publisher (BethanyHouse) that is was the second book in the series. I definitely want to go back and read the first book and then read this book again, maybe I will understand more of what is really going on.

Some books are okay as a stand alone but for me, when it's high/epic fantasy, I need to start from the beginning.

I did like some of the characters in the book even though ther
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Willet, the main characters is just as good as ever. I love him. He has a pleasing sense of sarcasm, a compassion for the poor people of the town, and a good balance of manly stoicism. He carries on what I loved about the last book while peeling away deeper layers of personality. Carr surprised me by Willet's occasional unreliable narration--not because he's lying, but because the vault in his mind from his past plays tricks on him. Willet doesn't collapse under the pain of his past like some ch ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 tha
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Willet Dura and the Vigil discover that the evil coming from the Darkwater is worse than they could have imagined, and that the Darkwater is growing.

This book picks up right where the last book left off, but they must face new evils in their search for the truth of what hides in the depths of the Darkwater.

Each member of the Vigil has taken an apprentice from among the urchins, and I loved seeing how Toria, Pellin, Bronwyn, and Willet mentor, and teach their young apprentices who are quick to
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Patrick W. Carr has crafted a highly creative world in his "Dark Water Saga" series, and after devouring the first book in the series (The Shock of Night), I was anxiously awaiting the chance to return to the land of Collum in this next instalment. Fortunately, I was not disappointed, as "The Shattered Vigil" again provides an absorbing read populated with fascinating characters where you aren't quite sure who is good, and who may be evil. The scenes are filled with plenty of action, and I enjoy ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you think that things are going well for Will Dura, chaos erupts!

This is the second book in the Darkwater Saga. Will and the other members of the Vigil defeated the evil of the Darkwater in the first book. They did not know that the evil is spreading and the enemy is taking a new approach to corrupt society.

In order to fully grasp this book, you really need to read The Shock of Nightfirst. The plot of this fantasy is complex. There are many people involved. The Vigil is a complex group that
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has those authors – when someone asks you for a recommendation – they’re the top names to spill out of your mouth. When asked why you like them, you can try to name things like excellent style, plot, or characters, but it’s really all of those things, and yet none of them at once. It’s that otherness, that quality you can’t pin down, but that resonates so strongly with you. Most simply put, the way you read, they write.

“The Shattered Vigil” has more of everything from the previous Dark
Daphne Self
Shattered Vigil is the second installment in the Darkwater Saga. If I thought By Divine Right and Shock of Night were superb, then I have no words for Shattered Vigil.

Patrick Carr has the ability to pull the reader into a new world and immerse that reader into cultures, beliefs, societies, and lands that are rich in detail. He uses not just first person point of view (Willet Dura), but also third person, to give the reader a dual experience. Let them know what is to come and what is happening,
David Bergsland
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Here’s another mainline Christian fantasy. Carr’s writing makes it enjoyable. But, as Christian fiction there’s not a lot here. However, it is entertaining. Patrick creates characters who are compelling and complex. Plus, the relationships are intense and convoluted. Carr gives us several surprises as he weaves a dark, nasty tale.

Like with many second books, I found I felt oppressed by the constant tension and the sheer nastiness. You know how it is. We know the second book must be where the her
I’m quite picky with fantasy, and I don’t always like much of what I read. To be brutally honest, I found the first book in this series The Shock of Night a bit of a slog, to the point that I stopped enjoying it and just wanted to get it over with in the end.

I requested this one partly because the Audiobook had just been released, so I hoped to listen to that alongside this, in truth though, I think I listened to the whole thing as an Audiobook. This second instalment in the Trilogy seemed stro
Katherine Forster
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
So basically I was dying the whole way through this? If the stakes in the last book were high, this one raises them way higher. You start to understand a lot more about the Vigil - and what they're fighting - so in a lot of ways this book is more intense than the first one.

I was already invested in the characters, but in this one they got fleshed out a lot more - including some minor characters, like the urchins. There were a lot of them too, so it's pretty impressive that the author could make
Rebekah Gyger
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Described as a Fantasy Mystery, The Shattered Vigil is a very complex novel with many threads that need to be followed in order to reach the end. The tone is dark and suspenseful, with few moments of mirth to lighten the impact of the plot. Those who pick up this series (and especially this second book) should be ready for an intense struggle against the darkness that lurks in the Darkwater.

Strangely enough, I enjoyed this book more than I did the first. While both are just as dark, The Shattere
Peter Ackerman
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peter
A lot of the reviews I've read about this book spoke of the hopeless feel to it. I understand what they are saying, but I think a better word is desperate.

That's why I enjoyed the book, because when there's no good way to move, sometimes you just have to move forward, despite the consequences. The development of the relationship between Fess and Lady Bronwyn was so well done.

Starting The Wounded Shadow now...
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, fantasy
This was a very good sequel to The Shock of Night. I enjoyed the Darkwater Saga a lot more than I thought I would. Some of it got a little slow, making me stop for short breaks, but I pushed through it and thoroughly enjoyed each bit of it. This is a recommended fantasy read for any bookworms.
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
The Shattered Vigil
The Darkwater Saga #2
By Patrick W. Carr

Their victory over the Darkwater forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have given them a reprieve in their war against the growing darkness. But all too soon the Vigil learns the true cost of their victory - it has provided cover for the enemy's latest attack. And the Vigil is vulnerable to this newest threat that has come against them ~ an enemy that cannot be seen.

Willet Dura has yet to gain the Vigil's trust due to the vault hidd
The Shattered Vigil is the second book in the Darkwater Series by Patrick W Carr. It is an epic fantasy novel, for adults, from a Christian perspective.

Willet, and the rest of the people in the Vigil, have the ability to see all of a person’s memories with a single touch. Unfortunately, the Vigil’s enemies were not vanquished as was thought but are striking back harder than before.

The Shattered Vigil was too dark for me. There is so much darkness in the human soul, and Willet has the ability to
Sara James
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how he does it!

Patrick Carr has quickly become my favorite living Christian author of fantasy. He excels at building a concept of the church that exists in his imaginary realm that is at once novel and familiar. Doing so, he allows us to experience both the strengths and weaknesses we often see in our fellow believers, but outside of our specific denominational concepts, it can be easier to weigh these in light of Scripture instead of our man-made traditions. Anyone who says they do
Brittney Tyler
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!
Shelves: favorite-books
Star Rating: 5 stars

Note: This is the 2nd book in the Darkwater Saga so this will not be an in-depth review.

After discovering Patrick W. Carr through his Staff and the Sword series that I found on the shelves of my local library and LOVING it, I decided to read his follow-up series, The Darkwater Saga. I recently finished book 2, The Shattered Vigil, and I have to say it now stands as one of my favorite books from this author, although The Hero’s Lot by him is still my all-time favorite.

My favor
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nevermind, arcs
Knowing that this book would be filled with darkness (particularly as it's book 2, where it must get so much worse before we get resolution in book 3), sadness and violence, I knew I needed to be in a particular mood to be able to carry the weight of it and appreciate the story. Time passed. A lot of time passed. It's now been 4 years since I read the first book, which was a really great story. But it is fantasy; there is world and religion building, characters and histories I have forgotten. Th ...more
Carol Brandon
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this allegory down. In the vein of Narnia, for young adults and adults. The Vigil discovers that they’ve been outsmarted by the evil in the Darkwater. There is a new threat to the Vigil – assassins who cannot be seen – except by children! In order to protect them, the church decides to take them into protective custody. Pellin orders the Vigil to scatter, except Willet, who is taken prisoner by the church in Bunard. Meanwhile, Willet finds out about a murder, which is linked to the ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Oh MY GOODNESS!!!! What can possibly happen next?! I could barely catch my breath with so much action going on, and to top things off who can we even trust? With so much doubt and suspicion and well meaning wrong thinking, I find myself resting in the most dramatic of characters the conflicted Willet, who always, without fail, falls into the most dangerous of situations and the one who happens to make the most beneficial mistakes. I know I know, I'm talking a bit in a circle but I will not ruin ...more
Margaret Roberts
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite the horrors of Bas Solas, the evil of the Darkwater is spreading and its up to the Vigil to find and destroy the person behind it. But people are being infected and with that infection, are bent on destroying the Vigil, which upholds church and king. To protect themselves each member separates looking for clues and help. But with seperation comes a price and it may be too much for some. A bit more exciting than the first, the second of the trilogy brings answer and questions in regards t ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Carr continues to amaze, giving us an epic fantasy in the religious genre. While Carr writes in the religious genre, he manages to do so without being cloyingly pious; instead, he gives us complex characters who wrestle with the more difficult questions and with the hypocrisy and elitism that so often come wrapped in religious garb.

But rest assured, if you aren't religious this is still an epic fantasy worthy of your time. Carr's worldbuilding comes close to being on par with writers lik
Will G.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up where the first one left off, and continued the coherent and very entertaining adventure by characters that are at times at odds with one another. The teenager "apprentices" adds into the depth of the character developments and provides the author several opportunities to reflect on a deeper meaning of existence.

And the highest praise for the second book in a series: I want to read the third one... and I was very annoyed when I learned that I had to wait 4 months for it to be
Doug Hibbard
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll expand this review later---but for now, Patrick W. Carr continues to write with an intricacy and an intrigue that I absolutely love. The Shattered Vigil picks up well where The Shock of Night left off, and we still don't know what the real danger is. Looking forward to it!

And, this time, there are maps to help us figure out where everything is! I still need to get my artistic children to map out his first trilogy for me. :)
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly compelling

Maybe it's the street urchins, who have lived more than the the entire Vigil.. or the calling out of anyone and everyone who has ever been considered a Christian of any faith and somehow forgotten the poor, the broken and the children who in their minds are too dirty, too invisible and too unwanted to matter.

Be prepared for each book in The Darkwater Saga to hit too close to home.

Well. Done.
D Nine
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fantasy
When it comes to fantasy, I can't read a series a book a year. I needed to delve the author to be reminded about a few characters and scenes. My mind took awhile to catch up.

So much action and suspense! Appreciated the writing style/content excluding unnecessary descriptive comments for lapsed days or hours.

I read on my Kindle. I really needed a map at times!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has totally drawn me into this fantasy. I can't get enough. I hardly want to take the time for this review; I just want to dive right on into the next book. It is important to read these books in order because each one builds on the previous one. As the saying goes, "The plot thickens." ...more
Jodi Woody
Book Two of the Darkwater Saga. I loved the prequel, and book one, this one did not disappoint. I will be continuing on with the series. These are well written, have a great storyline, and the characters are fleshed out. I already thinking about finishing the series and having to say goodbye to them. I give The Shattered Vigil five stars. I can recommend for ages 16 and up.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost immediate continuation of Schock of Night. The rest of the Vigil's still don't trust Willet and wander off to do other things. They all find out more about the evil. The only real problem is the author is really digging into the annoying "I thought he was dead" trope. It was so annoying that the choice brought the book from four stars to three. ...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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