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Book Review: The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga #1)

Synopsis:
When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dunham 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.


About the Author:
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 worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

My Review:
I loved this book! I have a couple of fantasy authors that I stick too and thanks to net-galley I have added to that list. The newest edition is Patrick Carr. He crafted such an amazing fantasy book. I love the plot and darkness to the story line. The pace of the book was face paced and kept me reading until the last word. My favorite part of this book though were the characters. They are well crafted with different personalities and depths to each one. I liked how the powers given to some characters definitely leads to some interesting things. I was surprised that it was labeled as Christian fiction because when I think Christian I think of books that do not go against any Christian beliefs at all and this book is a fantasy with God giving people powers. Although I think you can be a good Christian and read crazy fantasies about magic and powers. I guess the reason it is a Christian fiction is because the romance is clean. Yes there is a little romance and as an avid reader I do like romance in my books and I would have loved this book even more if there was more romance. Despite my personal likes I was really entertained by this book!

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