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.

Patrick W. Carr continues to stun with “The Shattered Vigil,” the second novel in the Darkwater Saga.

The Shattered Vigil, by Patrick W. CarrHis talent for creating fantasy worlds is on full display in this novel and the plot continues to grow more deep with each installment. Some questions are answered, but even more are left in their wake.

Carr expertly weaves parallels from the Bible into his tale in a delightfully nuanced way.

As Christian fantasy, the novel has no explicit scenes, but that is not to give the impression that this is a light tale — the battle between good and evil definitely grows more dark in this installment.

The character themselves have many layers. They are complex and definitely not one-note wonders.

Their flaws are real human flaws, despite the fantasy world in which they live.

Readers who love a well-constructed battle between good and evil definitely should give the Darkwater Saga a chance. They won’t regret it! I gave it five out of five stars on Goodreads.

About the author

Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. “A Cast of Stones” won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. “A Cast of Stones” and “The Hero’s Lot” were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards.

Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at