Friday, January 13, 2017

Sequel Review: "The Shattered Vigil"

As always, I've tried to keep this review spoiler-free. This is the second book in the series. You can read my reviews of book 1 and the prequel novella by clicking on the links. I'll be back next week with a new series. 

The Short:

The Shattered Vigil
The Darkwater Saga, Book 2

By: Patrick W. Carr

5/5 Stars

What: A group of international guardians must band together in spite of maneuvering by political and religious figures.

Recommended to those who like: Fantasy, Young Adult/Adult, Darker Stories, Supernatural themes

The Long:

Willet Dura is still learning how to adjust to his new powers and how to live his life with the burdens of so many new responsibilities. To complicate matters, the Vigil is falling apart. Betrayal threatens from within while both the church and various kingdoms seek to manipulate their powers.

Just when they think things can’t get worse, the Darkwater Forest starts to expand its power for the first time in living memory. The sentries are failing and madness seems ready to spread across the land. Will the Vigil be able to hold the evil at bay? Or will the entire continent be covered in darkness?

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. It kept me on the edge of the seat and I was really able to start connecting to many of the characters. It’s going to be really difficult to wait an entire year for the next book to come out.

While this is a loosely Christian book, be prepared for some serious grit and grime in both this book and in the first book. Mr. Carr doesn’t hesitate to show or allude to the less golden side of life. For this reason, I would definitely recommend it only to mature teens and up.

The Bottom Line: An excellent sequel, I would recommend this Christian, dark fantasy series to mature teens/young adults and up who like an intense read.  

Looking for Christian fantasy for younger readers (teens) by Patrick W. Carr? Check out The Staff and the Sword Series. 

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