Double Review! By Divine Right and The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr

Hello! This is a two book review, because I’m review Patrick Carr’s By Divine Right and his new release The Shock of Night.

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.

So we all know how much I love Patrick Carr’s The Sword and the Staff series. This book is just as good. (yes, you read that correctly)
I really loved how this was a novella, but it had a full plot, three-dimensional characters, and no cliffhanger.
But, despite the lack of cliffhanger, this little story leaves you hungering for more. It makes you love the world, the characters–makes you want to read the next story. I really enjoyed how Patrick Carr developed that element of the story, instead of depending on a cliffhanger to make his readers keep going. It was a unique approach. 
Four and a half stars!

THE SHOCK OF NIGHT

The Darkwater Claims All Who Enter It.
All But One.

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he 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 his task, but the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers, and his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine 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 dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict  that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest–and what happened to him inside it. 

“Book one in the Darkwater Saga is filled with suspense, intrigue and action. As readers get to know the characters, Carr seamlessly immerses them into his fascinating kingdom. This story sets the stage for a series fantasy fans will love.”–RT Book Reviews
This book was intense. Sheesh. No sleep happened for me. 
I really loved how this is a book with two different battles, one in Willet’s mind(his fight to remain himself) and the fight with Volsk. I really loved the mental battle in this. A lot of stories just have heroes who have powers, and that’s super convenient, but this book showed a darker side to those rather convenient powers. Usually there’s not much of a downside, but with this, the downside is that you could lose who you are. It’s wonderfully done.
Aghck, emotions. This book made me cry, like, four times. I have a list. 😀 
I really, really love these characters. Each one was complex and amazing. 
The plot was good, but this book is definitely character oriented. However, that does not draw away from this amazing story! 🙂 
Four and a half stars!
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