Today CSFF Blog Tour wraps up. Have you hopped over to see what others have said about Patrick W. Carr’s newest world?
Well, I’ve finally finished the book. Monday night. I was cutting it a little close, I know, but I had 50 pages left to read, and I didn’t want to just read it to finish it. I wanted to savor it. And so I did.
I also didn’t want to chance bawling my eyes out in the car line when I went to pick my son up. Ha!
So without further ado:
The Shock of Night
When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura 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.
Sherlock meets Warbreaker meets The Follower of the Word series.
I’m not sure what to think of this adventure. On one hand, it was so good! On the other hand…I have so many unanswered questions. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the ending felt a little anticlimactic for me. Yet, I’m over here like where’s the next book???
What I loved: It’s deep. Intense. Fast-paced. Dark. The worldbuilding is amazing. The gifts/talents, which got me thinking about the talents we possess in our world. The four religious orders, the Vigil, the court, and the culture. We have only scraped the surface of this world, and I look forward to seeing what Carr will do with it.
But I think even better are the characters. Myles the apothecary, Bolt, the swordsman protector but will slit your throat if need be, Custos, the librarian priest. Rory and all the street urchins. They are complex, quirky, and broken. Just like us. They felt so real. As in I-am-missing-my-friends-real.
Some of my hang-ups: I was a bit confused at what the characters were alluding to at times. And I almost walked away from the novel when Dura received the “gift”. If I hadn’t read the novella first and Dura’s character hadn’t been already established, I might have. But I knew Dura from By Divine Right, so I pushed through, and I’m so glad I did.
It’s a murder mystery fantasy and that’s what hooked me when I first heard about it, but don’t let that label fool you. The story and world are so much bigger, and I wonder how the story will continue. Will Dura still be solving murders like he did as a reeve? Or now that he has this “gift”, will the flavor of the next books be changed? Will it be more like the classic fantasy stories where the world hangs in the balance between the battle of good and evil? It seems as such, and not that that is a bad thing. Those are the kind of books I love the most. Still, I wonder can a murder mystery novel exist in a fantasy world without the end of the world type feel?
I would definitely recommend this book, but make sure you read By Divine Right first. It will help. Trust me.
*** I received this book from the publisher to read and review in conjunction with the CSFF blog tour.***
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