Remind me why I read series before they’re complete?! WHY?! It’s a killer when the series is so well done because as you turn those final pages, when more questions come, stakes are raised and the unexpected happens, you also know you’re going to have to wait a year. Boooooo!
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.
You know it’s a job well done when you read book one over a year ago, but weren’t lost when you started book two. Y’all ever had that happen? You’re really excited for the next book and as you start reading, you think “wait, who are these people?” And then it’s about 100 pages before it all starts coming back. Not so with this series!
I was able to jump right back into the story and Carr continues to raise the bar. Each book he writes gets better and while I really enjoyed his first series, I’m loving this one.
Not only is the story creative, there’s complex characters beyond the normal. That’s why I love fantasy! There’s plenty of the unexpected, making the title quite fitting.
There’s some intense and hard parts, but I believe they fit the story and play a role to the people and the story. It doesn’t make it any less intense though. I also loved this quote: “Because I’ve yet to see mankind make a mistake that it was unwilling to repeat.”
If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend getting book one and then this one. I wouldn’t mind seeing it in a movie form either!
What’s a current series you are loving?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)