Review: The Shock of Night (English)

 

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252529941When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dunham 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.

Pages: 400
Expected publication: November 3rd 2015
Edition language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Lets give this cover some cover-love! Because its beautiful (or at least for me it is!).

(I recived an ARC copy from Net Galley in exchange of a honest review)

4-5

I really liked this book!

The writing:
It was good, I enjoyed it. Sometimes it seemed like the book was too long but anyway I enjoyed it. Other problem I had was that for me was a bit difficult to get into the story at first but once that I did, it was really good. You know a thing I loved about the writing? It made me doubt of everything and everyone and I love when that happens.
You have two POVs: from the main character Willet and from The Vigil. It was great to read from both POVs.

The story:
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t read the blurb before getting into it. I liked the cover so, why not? But I liked reading it knowing anything. It made the story a real and great surprise. I didn’t know what to expect and I ended up reading a great fantasy.
You have this society with a king and some people have gifts. These gifts are something maybe you are more good at than the normal or something supernatural you can do. I really liked the gift Willet was given and at the same time I didn’t.
It has a good part of mystery. You want to know what is happening, why, when and how will everything end.
Oh, and this book has an unexpected evil and a lot of things related to human’s mind (which I loved)
It has a bit of romance,which I really liked, but its definitely not the center of this story.

The characters:
I really liked Willet personality and sense of humor. He helped with everything he could, and cared for others. I loved his ability to slove problems, see things that others wouldn’t and to read people’s actions and expressions. He can control his own expressions and actions so others would see something he isn’t, how cool is that? And, he is a survivor, he has been through lots of things and he will have to face more things in this book.
Bolt, I loved his quotes and personality. The friendship between him and Willet was great because they complemented each other with ideas, theories or protecting each other.
I definitely want to read more about Gael. Her character is strong and she doesn’t fear to follow her heart. She has a beautiful relationship with Willet based in trust and true love. I want to read more scenes with them together.
Can I say I hated the Vigil some times (like often)? They were so frustrating!

This is a great fantasy sci-fi, with good writing and story. A main character that is a mystery but his sense of humor is great. A good friendship and true love. Mystery,a bit of action and romance that makes you want to read more. I want to know what happens next!

Bonus: Quotes:

“Men and women are stories. The tale of their lives contain triumph and tragedy, but far too many of their stories end long before their hearts have counted their alloted number”.

“Things are never so bad that they can’t get a little bit worse.”

“If everyone but the fellow in charge stops thinking, then one mistake can undo you all”

About the author:

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

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