I have two nieces and a nephew who enjoy reading. While I have no problem finding good, clean reads for the girls, the books my nephew might like are a little harder to come by. So I’m always happy when I read a book that I know right away he’d enjoy.
As the king’s reeve (detective or sheriff), Willett Dura’s mission in life consists of seeking out truth and dispensing justice. The king bestowed him with a noble title, and though Dura is the least in the court, he just may be the most loyal to King Laidir.
But Willet’s fascination with death, his desire to know what lies on the other side, also drives him to the place of passing, a place where people go to leave their earthly existence. While investigating a double murder, he visits the place where the second victim is housed. There, the man grabs hold of Willett and says one word.
One word that will change lives. Willett Dura has been given a gift that should not exist, one its other owners strive to keep hidden and secret from everyone. The gift is to see into the mind (and heart) of others. But the gift is a double edged sword. How to you consume so many memories from others and still remain yourself?
As Willett struggles with the gift, the evasiveness of the other members of the vigil with the gift, the contempt of the other nobles, he learns more about his past and the kind of man he is.
There is a lot going on in this book but if you’re a fan of fantasy, suspense, or both, it’s a good read. One that will keep you guessing until the very end and leave you ready for the next book in The Dark Water Saga.
The Shock of Night is available now from book retailers and online.
***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.