The Wounded Shadow

The Wounded Shadow

The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the...

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The Wounded Shadow Reviews

  • Robinn

    This book is amazing! I have been waiting for it since I finished "The Shattered Vigil!!" I'm fairly new to Mr Carr's books, but have loved all of them! This one was certainly worth waiting for and I love it as much as the others, if not more! I really like that there isn't any sex beyond first base - yet another good thing about reading books written by a fellow Christian! These books led me to look into other Christian fantasy authors' works and so far, so good! I really loathe graphic sex and

    This book is amazing! I have been waiting for it since I finished "The Shattered Vigil!!" I'm fairly new to Mr Carr's books, but have loved all of them! This one was certainly worth waiting for and I love it as much as the others, if not more! I really like that there isn't any sex beyond first base - yet another good thing about reading books written by a fellow Christian! These books led me to look into other Christian fantasy authors' works and so far, so good! I really loathe graphic sex and violence. It just isn't necessary and would have ruined these books for me.

    This book was non-stop action! It is told from three points of view, which can be a bit confusing at times. It's necessary, however, because each of them travel in very different directions from the others.

    It was like being there with each of the three main characters (in all three books). I really don't care for Toria Deel, but she is like a real person, quirks and all. It speaks well for Mr Carr that I got involved enough with the characters to know that she wasn't a person I would want for a friend.

    Of course, Willet was my favorite! I have enjoyed his adventures through all three books. It was so much fun when he got the opportunties to put people in their place! Good detective, too. He is truly a good person. He has faults, too, which makes him so real.

    Pellin annoyed me at times, but he really wanted to do the best he could, both for the group and for the people of the northern continent. Even when I wanted to smack him upside the head, I admired that he wasn't swayed from his beliefs and his nobility of chsracter.

    The secondary characters were mostly wonderful (Bolt, Gael, Rory, Fess, Wag, etc.). The bad guys were real jerks and I enjoyed it when certain ones got their just desserts! Some of them got redemption, which was even better!

    There are a couple of loose ends, but I've heard that there may be more books set in this world in the works. I sure hope so!! I look forward to reading all of his future books!!

  • Amber

    The Wounded Shadow is a heart-stopping, action-packed end that will satisfy any fantasy reader. The third book pulls out all of the stops as it barrels to then end. Secrets are revealed and shadows come to the light as an enemy older them time dares to unleash his evil on a completely unsuspecting and vastly unprepared world. As the loose ends and myriad of questions are answered, horrors beyond comprehension and wonders beyond imagination unfold before your eyes. Just when you don’t think you c

    The Wounded Shadow is a heart-stopping, action-packed end that will satisfy any fantasy reader. The third book pulls out all of the stops as it barrels to then end. Secrets are revealed and shadows come to the light as an enemy older them time dares to unleash his evil on a completely unsuspecting and vastly unprepared world. As the loose ends and myriad of questions are answered, horrors beyond comprehension and wonders beyond imagination unfold before your eyes. Just when you don’t think you can take any more revelations, another one springs out before your eyes to take you unaware and twist your world in another direction. This is a fantastic treat for enthusiastic fans of Patrick Carr. Nothing is possibly as sweet as one of his exquisite masterpieces!

    Lord Dura Willet has had his life turned upside down and inside out by a deadly mystery that he can’t remember. In all his years on this earth, he can’t shake that this one might be the end of him, but he also knows that the price of not finding out the truth will be higher than he ever hope to live with. Not many friends have stood by his side at the danger that both finds him and the danger that he puts himself in, but thankfully Bolt, Geal, and Rory have proven their unfailing devotion more times than he can count. When hope is on the line and the darkness of night appears to prevail, can Dura convince those he has gathered together to follow his crazy plan, or will he find what lies on the other side of eternity before his time?

    I love that Carr’s main characters are flawed humans, but above all they let their heart lead them. Even if you are as naïve as the day you were born, no one can truly fault you for following the path that your heart sets before you. While it definitely won’t be an easy journey to walk, it will be one well worth the pain and suffering in the end. Isn’t it our scars that tell our story better than any words? They are more the badges of courage; they are proof that we are willing to expend the energy to go the extra mile for what we know is right even if we are surrounded by a world that is lost and only knows how to look out for itself.

    Patrick Carr is an incredibly gifted author who can paint beautifully complex worlds filled with absolutely fascinating characters that are both wonderfully flawed and devotedly hopeful. His characters will touch your heart in a way that you can never shake or walk away from. That touch will seer itself in to your very soul where you will carry it until you find another who needs to know that they are precious beyond measure, loved without condition, and needed beyond all.

  • Jennay Amber

    I have never felt more pressure to get a review ‘right’. So naturally, I’ve cleaned my desk, refilled my water bottle and written out my ‘to-do’ list for the rest of the week first, just so I can really concentrate. It’s just that this book, this series for that matter, is so dear to me…I want this review to do them justice…

    I have been a fan (is there a better word for ‘fan’?) of Patrick W. Carr since A Cast of Stones and fell in love with the rest of The Staff and the Sword series. And from By

    I have never felt more pressure to get a review ‘right’. So naturally, I’ve cleaned my desk, refilled my water bottle and written out my ‘to-do’ list for the rest of the week first, just so I can really concentrate. It’s just that this book, this series for that matter, is so dear to me…I want this review to do them justice…

    I have been a fan (is there a better word for ‘fan’?) of Patrick W. Carr since A Cast of Stones and fell in love with the rest of The Staff and the Sword series. And from By Divine Right, I knew I would love The Darkwater Saga too. I desperately eagerly awaited the release date for this book and the email from Bethany House saying that it was available for review. There was not the slightest bit of fear that it would not live up to expectations (the thought honestly never crossed my mind), even though I had no idea where the story would take me or how it would conclude, I knew it couldn’t fail. The world was too real, the characters too ‘alive’ for the series not to end the only way it could (even though I had no idea what that was – that make sense, right?). In short, The Wounded Shadow did not disappoint and I cannot praise it or recommend it highly enough. The world that Patrick W. Carr has created in this series is so well-built, so rich with history, and so well thought-out – from traditions and customs which differ from kingdom to kingdom to the differences in the manners and mindsets of the people who come from different parts of the continent.

    I could go on. But like I said, I want to do justice with this review, which will not happen if I turn this into an essay…

    A well-built world is nothing if it is not home to well-developed characters. I think that is what is so special about Patrick W. Carr’s writing…his characters. They are real. They are flawed. They have such distinct personalities, from their phrasing to their individual quirks – its all there. As with Errol Stone, Willet Dura is a reluctant ‘hero’ whose damaged, and headstrong, and kind. But it’s also not all about him. Bolt, Gael, Custos as well as the rest of the Vigil and their guards and apprentices are all ‘present’ – with pasts, different viewpoints, voices, and beliefs. All are important and were treated as such. In The Wounded Shadow, we get to see the arc of their growth as characters. They have changed – for better or for worse – by the events in the past two novels, and we see their growth and development continue as this series reaches its end. That character growth and development in so many different characters in itself is an incredible feat.

    However, what makes these books so special is the way in which they carry their messages. The fragility yet tenacity of the mind, the folly of pride, the redemptive quality of love, the brokenness of humanity and its restoration are all dealt with in such a deep way that its like my spirit understands more so than what my words can explain. What I love most is how the heart of the Father and the truths of His Word are revealed and realized through characters in a fantasy in a way that makes them more real to me in reality. That is art. And that is something truly special.

    I received a copy of The Wounded Shadow from Bethany House in exchange for me review.

  • Laurin

    I really liked the first two books (and the introductory novella) in the series, but I loved The Wounded Shadow. It was absolutely crammed with everything I love in a good read: terrifically crafted and intelligent characters, intricate world building, intense and exciting adventure, good and evil, love and heartbreak, and fabulous wit. Willet, Gael, Rory, Bolt, and all the characters that I have gotten to know over the first books, I came to cherish in this book, and I already miss spending tim

    I really liked the first two books (and the introductory novella) in the series, but I loved The Wounded Shadow. It was absolutely crammed with everything I love in a good read: terrifically crafted and intelligent characters, intricate world building, intense and exciting adventure, good and evil, love and heartbreak, and fabulous wit. Willet, Gael, Rory, Bolt, and all the characters that I have gotten to know over the first books, I came to cherish in this book, and I already miss spending time with them! I have a feeling I’ll be re-reading this series. 🙂

    Patrick Carr just keeps getting better, and I can’t wait to see what he has for his readers next!

    Many, many thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the digital copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

  • Rachael

    I had considered the reviewing each book of the trilogy separately, but the reality is they could be one near-1500 page volume, so close do the books follow on each other and so intricately are they entwined. There's hardly any repeat of information from the previous books (which I, reading them all in the course of a week, appreciated, but I feel for anyone who had to wait a year to complete the series).

    This is one intricately-plotted story. Nothing is wasted; everything is important enough to

    I had considered the reviewing each book of the trilogy separately, but the reality is they could be one near-1500 page volume, so close do the books follow on each other and so intricately are they entwined. There's hardly any repeat of information from the previous books (which I, reading them all in the course of a week, appreciated, but I feel for anyone who had to wait a year to complete the series).

    This is one intricately-plotted story. Nothing is wasted; everything is important enough to come back again, no matter how inconsequential it seems at the beginning. The world-building is incredibly intricate, with complex politics not only amongst monarchs and their courts, but also within the church (and their relations to said monarchs), and even those politics vary by region, as they would in real life. From one kingdom to the next, cultures change, traditions differ, accents appear. There was a ton of thought put into building this world.

    The characters, no matter how young or old, wise or foolish, all have their flaws, and all are given ample opportunity to grow. It's discouraging at times how long it takes the members of the Vigil to trust Willet, but in spite of his frustration and anger, he doesn't give in to pettiness, but learns profound grace, as they themselves also learn. I liked how the author created Willet; there is no doubt he's a good guy, but he is much darker than the typical hero, and he stands out all the more for it.

    As allegory goes, it isn't nearly as heavy-handed as CS Lewis. There are many parallels with the bible--Lucifer's fall, the triune God, gifts of the Spirit; there are also many parallels with today's church, in both its truth and brokenness, that can convict from this fantasy world as easily as straight up admonitions from ours. There are powerful examples of grace and redemption, especially in the final volume. The author does an incredible job of pointing to truth while remaining true to the spirit of his story.

    While I enjoyed the earlier volumes of the story, the final is truly the masterpiece. I can't see any way it could have more fittingly concluded the story. It's bittersweet, as the best heroic tales are (Lord of the Rings, for example), and the world can never be as it once was, but maybe--in time, when healing has run its course and some of the horror has washed away--it can be better, and they'll be better prepared when evil raises its head again.

    A 5-star series.

  • Lisa

    The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr is the third installment in the Darkwater Saga. It was a little slow going at first; but once I got into the story, I could not read fast enough. I predict this will be one of my favorites for the year.

    There are so many things to say about this book I am not sure where to start. So, I am going to just jump right in with the world building, which has to be the most elaborate I think I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. In this way, it was reminisc

    The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr is the third installment in the Darkwater Saga. It was a little slow going at first; but once I got into the story, I could not read fast enough. I predict this will be one of my favorites for the year.

    There are so many things to say about this book I am not sure where to start. So, I am going to just jump right in with the world building, which has to be the most elaborate I think I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. In this way, it was reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The imagination, time and effort it took to construct this world is just mind boggling. The thought of how to keep it all straight while you are developing the plot is enough to give me a head ache.

    Because the story is told from three POVs, there are three main characters which, by the way, worked nicely for the plot. The character of Willet was my favorite. Yet, regardless of which character you like the best, I found that it was easy to connect with all of them. The author was very conscientious of the reader when developing the characters and that is one of the things that sets this book, and the series, apart from others I have read in this genre.

    The last thing I want to share is about the plot. It is complex and with the POV changing among the lead characters it can get confusing so you must stay on your toes. Yet, I never felt it was over worked or forced in anyway. Everything fit together nicely, and it made for a great read.

    I love it when a book just blows me away. I know I am gushing here, but this book is worthy of it. Now I want to go back and read each book again and I am sure I will in the future. In addition, the author has left openings (in the form of loose ends) for more stories to come out of this world. I can only hope and sit on the edge of my seating waiting for the next one.

    I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Brittany

    It has been a long time since a book series so thoroughly captured my imagination. It has probably been since the first time that I read The Lord of The Rings that a story has drawn me so deeply into its lair, and that is high praise indeed coming from me. I'm definitely wanting to see an epic movie series made off of this series!I really enjoyed this third book of the Darkwater Saga. Patrick Carr is an amazing author, and does an incredible job of bringing this fictional world to life. I loved

    It has been a long time since a book series so thoroughly captured my imagination. It has probably been since the first time that I read The Lord of The Rings that a story has drawn me so deeply into its lair, and that is high praise indeed coming from me. I'm definitely wanting to see an epic movie series made off of this series!I really enjoyed this third book of the Darkwater Saga. Patrick Carr is an amazing author, and does an incredible job of bringing this fictional world to life. I loved watching the characters develop, and seeing their attitudes and outlook on life change. It was beautiful to see the characters learn to value mercy and grace, and forgive the unforgivable in each other when they realized how fallen and broken each of them truly were. I thought that it was incredible to see the characters discover that it was only love that could defeat the hatred they were facing.

    Yet for all that, I could not quite give the book five stars just because I felt that the climax felt just a little muted. Many times the story arc veered toward hopeless darkness or some desperate moment that would seem to be impossible to overcome. But I felt that each time the story approached those points, it backed off a little and diffused the struggle a little too easily. Perhaps, though it was only that the ending could have been a bit longer and more intense. Twenty more pages of this story would have probably served to make this story absolutely perfect.

    Overall, this is a great book and if you are a fan of fantasy fiction, do yourself a big favor and read the Darkwater Saga books!

  • Catherine

    Disclaimer Notice: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have no other affiliation with them.

    There are many positive things that can be said about this last book in the series, and those who have posted before me covered them quite well. For me, my biggest issue was with the handling of shifts in points of view (POVs). I have a hard time staying with a story that shifts between first and third person POVs. The Wounded Shadow

    Disclaimer Notice: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have no other affiliation with them.

    There are many positive things that can be said about this last book in the series, and those who have posted before me covered them quite well. For me, my biggest issue was with the handling of shifts in points of view (POVs). I have a hard time staying with a story that shifts between first and third person POVs. The Wounded Shadow did this often, with the series main character (Willet Dura) in first person and everyone else's in third. I'm not fond of the convention, so it took me much longer to get into the story than I would have otherwise - which is a shame, because I found it compelling by the end. I would have liked to feel that way the entire book.

    On a much more positive note, though, I felt like the characters in this story are generally well-developed and grounded in who they are. Even without backstory from previous parts of the series, they moved around in the world in ways that made sense for what I was able to pick up on about them. This includes Toria Deel (one of the lead figures in the Vigil) and Gael (Dura's fiancée). Both are strong, smart, and very self-aware. They know their strengths and their weaknesses, and they don't let their weaknesses hamper their ability to act when they need to.

  • Faye

    Picking up right where the previous books left off, the kings are trying to contain the Darkwater as it closes in. Willet Dura seeks the answer to defeating the Darkwater, while also looking for answers for the vault within. Meanwhile searching for heirs and missing members of the vigil, while Toria goes to the front lines and Fess tries to find peace with his two gifts.

    This can be a rather daunting and confusing read if you have not read the previous books in the series, so I won't not recomme

    Picking up right where the previous books left off, the kings are trying to contain the Darkwater as it closes in. Willet Dura seeks the answer to defeating the Darkwater, while also looking for answers for the vault within. Meanwhile searching for heirs and missing members of the vigil, while Toria goes to the front lines and Fess tries to find peace with his two gifts.

    This can be a rather daunting and confusing read if you have not read the previous books in the series, so I won't not recommend attempting to start with this book. Also it is a very complexly built world and it can be hard to jump into again, if you are like me and haven't read about Willet and his companions since last year when the second installment came out. I did find it a bit hard to remember the details of what was going on so it took me some time to get back in the swing of things. I did feel like this book took some twists that felt abrupt and changed the flow of the entire course of the book, and though we've been working up to it for a long time the ending felt kinda neat. It also brought up many questions for me on what kind of metaphors and allusions that the Fayit were meant to correlate to in the spiritual realm, and what their origin story meant for everyone, and if I was possibly analyzing it too closely.

    I liked seeing Willet grow more confident in his role in the Vigil despite their distrust, it was good to see Fess's growth throughout, and Pellin finally come into his own as Eldest. I found it was a bit hard to keep up with all of the characters, as well as the many new ones, it is a complex world, with many twists along the way. Willet matured in this book, seemingly less impulsive.

    Overall, I'm not a hundred percent sure what I think about this book as I have a lot of questions, but I did like seeing the characters grow towards who they are meant to be. I'm sure there are many more adventures to be had in the future!

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