Another great read! The Shattered Vigil (The Darkwater Saga Book #2) by Patrick W. Carr

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about the book....

A Single Terrible Choice Faces the Vigil. Hide in Safety and Let Darkness Take Over the Land or Face the Growing Danger and Risk All of Their Lives.

Their 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. One of the Vigil has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Worse, a deadly new threat has emerged--assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. To thwart the perilous new risk, the church makes the drastic decision to safeguard the Vigil by taking the surviving members into protective custody. But there are secrets only the Vigil can unearth, and so Pellin makes the heart-wrenching choice to oppose the church in a race to turn back the evil that threatens an entire continent. 

my review....

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 enjoyed the way Carr peeled back the layers of mystery in this book and provided us with some more answers about what exactly is going on, while leaving plenty of unanswered questions to make the wait for the third book in the series entirely too long! There was a big reveal at the end that I just didn't see coming, and I now can't wait to find out exactly who is who and what that means as we race towards the climax of the series. I dare not say more because I hate to risk giving plot points away, but you will see what I mean as you go along! I think what I am most enjoying about the series is that the people who end up being the heroes of the story are of the unlikely sort, from Willet who we first grew to care about in the first book in the series, to the orphans rescued from the streets to become apprentices to members of the vigil. Willet's abilities to delve into people's minds and see their histories continues to intrigue me in these books, and I couldn't help but contemplate what life would be like if such gifts were actually real, where with one touch you could wade through the storehouses of someone's memories!

All in all, I greatly enjoyed this second addition to the Dark Water Saga books, and I have no doubt that fans of the series are going to enjoy the way this book moves the series forward. I can't wait for more answers to be revealed in the next novel, as the vigil fights to protect their world against the onslaught of darkness. May all Christians be similarly inspired, like the vigil, to spread God's light whereever we go!

I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Patrick W. CarrPatrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards. He teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at

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