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The Wounded Shadow

(The Darkwater Saga #3)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the ...more
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Published April 3rd 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, wish-list
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 intricately-plotted story. Nothing is wasted; everything is important enough to
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the first two books (and the introductory novella) in the series, but I loved The Wounded Shadow. It was absolutely crammed with everything I love in a good read: terrifically crafted and intelligent characters, intricate world building, intense and exciting adventure, good and evil, love and heartbreak, and fabulous wit. Willet, Gael, Rory, Bolt, and all the characters that I have gotten to know over the first books, I came to cherish in this book, and I already miss spending tim ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I have been waiting for it since I finished "The Shattered Vigil!!" I'm fairly new to Mr Carr's books, but have loved all of them! This one was certainly worth waiting for and I love it as much as the others, if not more! I really like that there isn't any sex beyond first base - yet another good thing about reading books written by a fellow Christian! These books led me to look into other Christian fantasy authors' works and so far, so good! I really loathe graphic sex and ...more
Rebekah Gyger
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Very rarely does a good book take me longer than two days to read. I speed through them, soaking up the story without much effort, and anything written so densely as to require more time is usually skimmed or set aside. The Darkwater Saga is the first series I have ever read in which that was not the case and The Wounded Shadow is best of the three.

I may have said this in my other reviews, but clearly this trilogy is not an easy read. It requires a lot of time an
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third and last book in Patrick W. Carr’s ‘Darkwater Saga’, but the second that I have read.

‘The Wounded Shadow’ jumps right in where ‘The Shattered Vigil’ left off. Literally. In the middle of a scene. This technique can be both a positive and a negative one to use in a book series. For a reader who just finished one book and has immediate access to the next one, it creates a wonderful feeling of expectance. But it can also be very disjointing and confusing, causing an unfamiliar re
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Wounded Shadow
The Darkwater Saga #3
By Patrick W. Carr

Oh, my! This is a fantastic conclusion to the Darkwater Saga. Picking up where The Shattered Vigil left off we are again faced with the utter collapse of the northern continent unless the Vigil can somehow overcome their loses and access the knowledge that Willet Dura has hidden away within his vault.

But the darkness that is the Darkwater is spreading and the Vigil and the Kings and Queens of the northern continent
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a series where I got each book through NetGalley. So I didn't actually have to pay for any of them, and I'm glad for that. It kept me interested (at least when I was able to read the whole series continuously once this last one was out, since it really didn't work for me with long breaks between books) but I really don't think it was as good as it could have been.

This review will contain spoilers for this book as well as previous books. I'll try to tag them.

Andrew Miller
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Darkwater Forest is growing at an alarming rate, drawing people into the tangled brambles of evil and corrupting them to serve its own ends. Racing against the northern continent’s inexorable descent into madness, the Vigil has resorted to children’s tales in a last ditch effort to stop the encroaching darkness. But they cannot hope to succeed even in this while Willet Dura holds a vault within his mind. His vault must be broken, but the only way the Vigil knows to do this will result in a b ...more
J.M. Christian
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To say that I was excited for the third and final book of the Darkwater saga by Patick Carr is an understatement. I practically kept my eyes peeled on my inbox for the email from Bethany House listing the book up for review, then hoping I’d make it on the list. And we’ll skip the part with me doing a victory dance once it did. :P
Though the series has had its rough spots, overall, it’s been a great adventure. The world-building, the characters…. Honestly, I need to read it ove
Jennay Amber
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never felt more pressure to get a review ‘right’. So naturally, I’ve cleaned my desk, refilled my water bottle and written out my ‘to-do’ list for the rest of the week first, just so I can really concentrate. It’s just that this book, this series for that matter, is so dear to me…I want this review to do them justice…

I have been a fan (is there a better word for ‘fan’?) of Patrick W. Carr since A Cast of Stones and fell in love with the rest of The Staff and the Sword series.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wounded Shadow is a heart-stopping, action-packed end that will satisfy any fantasy reader. The third book pulls out all of the stops as it barrels to then end. Secrets are revealed and shadows come to the light as an enemy older them time dares to unleash his evil on a completely unsuspecting and vastly unprepared world. As the loose ends and myriad of questions are answered, horrors beyond comprehension and wonders beyond imagination unfold before your eyes. Just when you don’t think you c ...more
Sam Nelson
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I did receive this book at no charge for my unbiased, honest opinion.

Let me start by saying this is part of a series, which I did not realize when I ordered the book. However, even though this is part of a series, it was easily read even without the context of the other books in the series. It is definitely a story in the same fantasy genre as LOTR, Narnia, or Harry Potter. Very well written with great detail, it easily allows you to imagine the journey on which the characters embark
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, series, freebies
The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr is the third installment in the Darkwater Saga. It was a little slow going at first; but once I got into the story, I could not read fast enough. I predict this will be one of my favorites for the year.

There are so many things to say about this book I am not sure where to start. So, I am going to just jump right in with the world building, which has to be the most elaborate I think I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. In this way, it was reminisc
V. Palmer
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Darkwater Saga is over. And I'm sad. Much sadder than I expected to be. Don't get me wrong, I've immensely enjoyed The Darkwater Saga! But these books rooted themselves into my heart in a way I never expected. These stories grab you.

And they don't let go.

And I mean that in the best, non-creepiest way possible. Haha! ;-)

The Wounded Shadow was probably my favorite book of the trilogy! The battle over the ancient evil in The Darkwater Forest reaches a climax
Brittney Tyler
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!
Shelves: favorite-books
Star Rating: 5 stars

Note: This is the 3rd and final book in the Darkwater Saga so this will not be an in-depth review.

After book 2 of the Darkwater Saga, The Shattered Vigil, ended on a massive cliff-hanger, I was super excited to get to the 3rd installment, The Wounded Shadow. This book covers the final days of the Vigil’s struggle to contain the evil that resides at the center of the Darkwater forest (If that synopsis makes no sense to you, then refer to my reviews for the previous books in
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a reason that Patrick W. Carr continues to win accolades for his novels: his novels are instant classics in the fantasy, speculative fiction genre. And this is demonstrated no better than with his "Darkwater Saga" series, wrapping up with a stirring conclusion with this final book, "The Wounded Shadow".

If you have been following along since Willet and the Vigil first burst onto the scene, then you have no doubt been looking forward to the outcome of the epic battle between good and evi
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since a book series so thoroughly captured my imagination. It has probably been since the first time that I read The Lord of The Rings that a story has drawn me so deeply into its lair, and that is high praise indeed coming from me. I'm definitely wanting to see an epic movie series made off of this series!I really enjoyed this third book of the Darkwater Saga. Patrick Carr is an amazing author, and does an incredible job of bringing this fictional world to life. I loved ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer Notice: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have no other affiliation with them.

There are many positive things that can be said about this last book in the series, and those who have posted before me covered them quite well. For me, my biggest issue was with the handling of shifts in points of view (POVs). I have a hard time staying with a story that shifts between first and third person POVs. The Wo
I wish I could write a better review for this book, but the fact remains that I had a lot of trouble remembering who everyone was and what was going on in every subplot. It's been over a year since I read the previous book in this series, and having read over a hundred books between then and now...suffice to say it wasn't easy. Not to mention these books are long, and not exactly something I really have the time to re-read.

I still have some things to say about the book, of course. The cha
Marian Baay
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With The Wounded Shadow, the Darkwater Saga comes to an end. Patrick Carr has done a remarkable job. He has a gift to keep things exciting even in the parts with little action. Personally, I don’t care much for books that are stuffed with action on every other page. Carr has a nice balance when it comes to that.
What I admire in Carr’s books is that there are no flaws in his stories. I read quite a bit of fantasy and often there are facts or circumstances that are not accurate – or it becomes cl
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in the Darkwater Saga has come to an end and I'm already missing the characters! Out of the series, this is the first book where I wasn't confused to start off with. Ha! We dive back into the story from where we left off, with the vigil trying to defeat Cesla and the evil coming from the Darkwater Forest.

The vigil head off in three different directions with each of the vigil taking their urchin apprentices. I think the urchins add so much to the story! I really enjoyed r
Phillip Cole
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Willet Dura and the rest of the Vigil must find how to stop the evil of the Darkwater. This is made harder by distrust, and by the Darkwater wanting to stop them. Who is going to be the victor?

The Wounded Shadow is the final book of The Darkwater Saga and continues the well written and imaginative series. Patrick W. Carr does a great job of making the characters seem realistic, as well as keeping the plot moving. As with all of his books that I have read, I didn't want to put this on
Tales Untangled
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think one of the hardest challenges of a series like The Darkwater Saga is pulling everything together to create a satisfying ending. I feel like Carr does a great job answering questions I've had since the very beginning while still leaving some elements a mystery. I will not discuss all of the conclusions because it's better when read.

Characters are key for a book. We have to like some, hate some and know their quirks and personalities. Once members of the urchins joined the Vigi
Denise Talen
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the third book of The Dark Water Saga by Patrick Carr, the kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, frantic to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the reckless into its shadow, creating a growing army that can see in the dark and fight like the gifted. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They de ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Patrick Carr's books intensely, and couldn't wait for the final conclusion to this series. I was so excited to read the ultimate climax of the Darkwater in book 3, and it flipped any theories I had on their head.

Echoing the thoughts in another review on Goodreads, I love how Carr’s characters have to face so much vulnerability about their own flaws—both Erroll (Staff and Sword trilogy) and Willet (Darkwater Saga) have serious things wrong with them—but they’re willing to seize hold on the adve
Janet Sketchley
This is one of those books I didn’t want to end. It felt so good to be back with these characters, even in their overwhelming struggle, and I found myself rationing the reading time to make it last.

Willet Dura, the hero, has been my favourite all along, and I became very fond of Mark early on in this book.

The Wounded Shadow is the third and final book in the Darkwater series, and it’s not one to pick up if you haven’t started at the beginning. The scope is vast, and enough has happe/>The
David Bergsland
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Feelings were mixed as I opened the review copy I received from Bethany House of Darkwater Saga 3 Patrick W Carr The Wounded Shadow. Bethany has been sliding away from the faith for quite a while. I was afraid that Carr would do what he did with the amazing Cast of Stones.. It turns out I was wrong. The Darkwater Saga loses touch with Truth entirely. This tale wallows in entertaining worldly wisdom, at best. Christianity lies completely outside this wonderfully complex and detailed example of wo ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wounded Shadow Is a heart pounding book. It has secrets revealed and don't you want to know what they are? Mr. Carr has created a fantasy world that is so vivid and exciting but you also get what he is trying to get across as a Christian which is why you get it for isn't it? A fantasy book that is clean in thought word and come out well so on. The storyline is so fascinating and Am I sorry to know that it is over. Busiest fun, action filled and so totally enjoyable. I received a copy of this ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I want more, and yet It was such a fitting end! Like a breath that has been held too long, the relief for our heroes as well as their heartache and victories, was so desperately awaited and necessary that I am as yet recuperating! This was a satisfying culmination to a truly epic tale, aside from the drama still coursing through my mind. As ever, my desire to not spoil the reading of this story, prevents me from saying much more, however there is a review here worth reading if you'd desire to kn ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll say it again...I don't think Patrick Carr gets nearly enough love. I'd really like to see him step away from Bethany House and find a publisher that can get him a little more play in the mainstream market. The home of Amish romances ain't it. His writing continues to improve. Where his first series floundered a bit in book 3, The Darkwater Saga ends with a page-turner of activity and plenty of opportunity for another series down the road. His characters are fascinating and complex, often de ...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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