One thing that got my interest in "The Shock of Night", a novel by Patrick W. Carr, is the title. In a way, the title makes sense. The story is good fantasy and the characters are memorable. I liked the way the mysterious gift in this story can be compared to a “gift” or a “talent” we in the real world have, and the emphasis on how we should use it with care. Although he is someone who is liked by the king, the main character, Willet Dura, is not very popular. In fact, many people in the king's court want to kill him. Many openly disrespect him.
However, I liked the character Bolt the most. Definitely my favorite character. After learning what his gift was, I could see why he was such a good guard.
There were a couple of areas where the writing was not clear. For example, the scene where Willet delves Bronwyn. Her memories are ones that bring her shame and sadness, yet we're not really told what they are. It would've been a great opportunity for the reader to have compassion for Bronwyn and whatever it was she went through, but, alas, it was not to be! The same thing happened when characters we are led to believe are members of the Vigil reveal their faces yet they are not who we thought. It took a little more reading to discover they were imposters. (Willet saying he didn't know their faces could've meant anything.)
But it was the story's ending that really angered me. Not much of an ending. It was insufficient. I would've liked to have seen the scene where Willet works things out with Gael but unfortunately that never happens.
Overall, though, it's not a bad novel. This book would be a good addition to any fantasy lover’s library.
Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic
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.