Title: The Shock of Night
Author: Patrick W Carr
2015, Bethany House
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.
I very rarely do this but... I just couldn't get into this book. I read Patrick Carr's last series The Staff and the Sword and although it was a little more dense than my usual fare, I still enjoyed it. I was interested to read this new series by the author and even got the prequel - which I finished.
I tried several times to get into this one. I think if you are normally a fan of this type of dark, dense fantasy reading then it is probably a good read. I just couldn't really understand what was all going on and there was a lot of murder going on.
Like the other series, there was a lot of mystical, magical things going on in this fantasy world. People in this word have these strange gifts that they can use for good or bad. There are pure gifts and more diluted gifts that have been split over time. I think someone is stealing gifts in this book, but honestly it was getting beyond me.
If you were a huge fan of the author's first series or books like it, then I think you would like this one too. It just wasn't for me this time around.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.