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CSFF: By Divine Right

Posted by on December 8, 2015

Yesterday, we remembered and explored Patrick W. Carr’s debut trilogy, The Staff and The Sword. Today, we get a taste of the new series to come. The Darkwater Saga.

dun-dun-DU-dun…I mean… dun, dun, DUN….or something like that.

By Divine Right

Willet Dura ekes out a living as an assistant reeve in the city of Bunard, the royal city, investigating minor and not-so-minor crimes in the poor quarter. Ever since a terrible battle, Willet’s been drawn to the dead, and has an uncanny ability not only to solve their crimes, but even to know when one has been committed.

When a gifted musician is found dead in the merchants’ quarter of the city, everyone assumes by the signs that the old man simply died of a stroke, but Willet’s intuition tells him better. When he learns that this is the second death within the last month of one of the gifted, those with a rare inherited ability, he begins to suspect that something more is afoot, and he soon finds himself chasing a mystery that could bring down the very kingdom of Collum.

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My thoughts…

By Divine Right introduces us to Patrick W. Carr’s newest fantasy series, .

When I first heard that Carr was going to be writing a murder-mystery fantasy series, I couldn’t wait to read it.

At first, I had a hard time reading it. I was left confused at what the main character was observing. We spend a good amount of time in his head, laying the groundwork before jumping into the action. As the story got going, it smoothed out and clipped along quickly. Sometimes too quickly. I was left wondering what just happened, having to reread at times, and not sure I completely understood what the significance something had to the story or how the clues he was gathering related to the conclusion he made. I felt like I was following the Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch around. Not a bad thing, mind you. Just my brain doesn’t operate on that level. Ha!

The story does a great job setting up the world in which The Darkwater Saga will take place. It feels real and gritty. A place that it is rich in history and recovering from a recent war. Most stories I’ve read usually lead up to a big battle, and we never see the resulting consequences from it. The soldiers returning from war and trying to live a normal life again. For that depiction alone, this novella has endeared this series to me.

In this new fantasy world, we have these gifts that can be passed down from one person to another sort of like the “breath” in Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker, but specific to a talent/skill. Which brings us to the murder-mystery. Someone’s been stealing these gifts and Willet takes it upon himself to find out who.

And that ending…we shall see how it plays out in book one, The Shock of Night.


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.



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2 Responses to CSFF: By Divine Right

  1. worthy2read

    Nice review! I had a hard time wanting to read this book.

    The cover was appropriate for the text but was I really in the mood for a dark murder mystery/fantasy? Not really. But having enjoyed his earlier series, I plunged in — without reading the prequel novella. It was intense and I’m glad I read it. My review is over on my blog. You can check it out if you want (

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks! I totally understand what you mean about being in the mood to read something. I am definitely like that. I will hop over and check out your review as soon as I can. I would love to see what others thought especially if they haven’t read the novella. Thanks for stopping by!

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