Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Shattered Vigil

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The Shattered Vigil
Patrick W. Carr
Bethany House Publishers

Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard. 
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

     The awful thing about reading books in a series when they first come out is that you have to wait months to read the next book. When that happens, you're liable to forget things, and that can be frustrating.  It took me several chapters to fully get back into the plot of the story, especially since I didn't have access to the first book to get a refresher. There were several things I liked about this book (like the invisible assassins and the street urchins) but it was still slow going for me. (also, there were some disturbing scenes that would not be suitable for younger readers) It was a very long book, and rather dense. Readers a bit more used to fantasy books than I might find it less exhausting than I did, though! And though it wasn't a favorite for me, I do want to read the next book in this series when it comes out--especially because of that ending!

Rating: 7

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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