“The Shattered Vigil,” by Patrick Carr

I recently had the chance to read The Shattered Vigil, by Patrick W. Carr, a Christian fantasy novel that is the second in a series called “The Darkwater Saga”. This book was published on November 1, 2016 by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

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.

My Verdict:

I love Patrick Carr’s books. Before I read his book called A Cast of Stones, I had never read anything that fell under the umbrella of Christian fantasy or sci-fi, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am now a huge fan of this genre, and of Carr’s books specifically! The Shattered Vigil is second in a series, and you need to read the first book, called The Shock of Night (which I also loved!), to follow this story, otherwise, you’ll be really confused. Much like his past books, I felt this series had a little trouble holding my attention at first, and in some passages I felt like the author was trying to use big words on purpose when smaller words would have sufficed. But then, like with his other books, once I had the setting and the characters established in my mind, and once the action began, I really got swept away by this book. I was quickly hooked, and I finished this book in a matter of hours. So what is Christian fantasy? When I think “fantasy”, I think of things like Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” books. If you like that series, you’ll like this one. The “Christian” part comes in through a number of references to the Trinity (called by different names) and the involvement of the church (in four major denominations) as an entity that is involved heavily in the kingdom in which this book is set. Nothing over-the-top, and nothing extreme that I would think readers would find offensive.

The protagonist is not a simple one to figure out, and there are a lot of mysteries along the way (some of which don’t get resolved in this book). But that’s okay, because there are obviously more books yet to come in this series. (There is also currently a prequel called By Divine Right available for FREE for Kindle.)

If you’d like to check out The Shattered Vigil it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now. If you prefer a paperback version it’s currently on sale for $15.99. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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