The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga #1)
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.
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!