The Shattered Vigil / by Patrick Carr. (The Darkwater Saga, 2) 1.8.2018

Bethany House ISBN 9780764213472

Adult Rating: 4

Patrick W. Carr, author of The Staff and The Sword series, presents the next installment in his new epic fantasy for adult readers.

In The Shattered Vigil, Willet Dura and the rest of the Vigil discover that their enemy strikes at the heart of the Vigil: one of them is missing. The defense of the six kingdoms is threatened. As deadly unseen assassins target the Vigil, the church leaders and kingdom rulers want to put the Vigil members into protective custody.

Willet is imprisoned as the other men and women in the Vigil scatter to avoid being taken into custody. When Willet discovers the murder of a noblewoman–not a member of the Vigil–by an unseen assassin, he manages to escape from prison, intent on finding her killer. How does her death hold a key to the evil threatening them? How many members of the Vigil will be lost fighting the dark forces? What happens when they find a traitor in their midst?

Carr’s book is filled with strong characters and plenty of suspenseful plot twists. This series is intense, filled with more violence (though not too graphic). It appears there is little hope for overcoming this darker evil. This story makes the supernatural abilities of the Vigil–as well as the evil they face–even more evident, more of a spiritual battle.

Carr does an excellent job of creating the dark world, building tension as the story unfolds. While many questions are answered at the end of this book, there is a big plot twist that will leave the reader eager to read the next installment!

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ

Earlier Series Title Reviewed:  The Shock of Night (Jan/Feb 2016)