- File Size: 3394 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0112WVVBQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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By Divine Right (The Darkwater Saga): A Novella Kindle Edition
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For me, this story started out confusing and disjointed. The first few paragraphs caused me enough confusion that I had to work to move forward and not go back to read them again to try to figure out what I missed. Perhaps this was intentional, since the introduction consists of a man groping his way from sleep to being awake and functional. After a few more pages, I finally had enough information about the POV character to get past most of the initial confusion. This confusion is a hazard for every new world, but it was a little more realized in this tale than in some others.
The story is compelling once I was past my initial confusion. The main character is easy for me to identify with, and the mystery of the novela commences immediately. This novela appears to form a prequel for the upcoming (trilogy?) Darkwater Saga, the first novel due to be released in November.
The trilogy is The Darkwater Saga, and the first volume due Oct. 27 is “The Shock of Night.” If this volume and it successors live up to the promise of “By Divine Right,” then it will be a very good trilogy indeed.
The setting is the capital city of Bunard in the kingdom of Collum. The story is told by Willet Dura, a reeve (or guard officer) in the service of the king. Some years previously, the kingdom had been at war, and, called up to fight, Willet had missed his ordination as priest by a week. Because he fought and killed in the war, he is no longer eligible to be a priest, and least in the order he had prepared for.
The is a land where gifts are important. Nobles and the wealthy each have a gift – beauty, craft, sum, parts, helps, or devotion. Gifts are vitally important, the “currency” around which society is centered. Only the king has all the gifts, which are transmitted to each generation. Sometimes gifts are split among children, reducing their power and effectiveness. Common people and the poor rarely if ever have a whole or part of a gift.
Willet becomes involved in the whole subject of gifts when he investigates the murder of a man whose gift was stolen. As it turns out, others have been killed and their gifts stolen. Someone is killing people and collecting their gifts, which can mean only one thing – someone is planning to usurp the kingship.
Even in the short form of the novella, Carr develops the main plot and sub-plots. Characterization in the story is especially strong; the characters are almost immediately recognizable and understood. (Readers have noted this in his previous trilogy of books, “The Staff & the Sword.”)
A good story in and of itself, “By Divine Right” suggests there’s an even better story coming.
The world that Willet Dura lives in is one that few will be able to relate to, and yet we can easily draw multiple parallels to our own without even trying. The lives of the people are hard and yet filled with purpose and meaning. When an unknown darkness begins to infiltrate their world through mysterious deaths, Willet feels drawn to this baffling mystery. What he begins to uncover is simply incomprehensible and yet the truth of it continues to stare him blatantly in the face. Can he help solve this dark puzzle before it’s too late, or will he find that he is just too small of a pebble to make the cruel current of the darkness break before it crushes everything he knows and loves?
Willet Dura is a deeply intriguing character who views the world in a slightly jaded yet stunning clear perspective. There is obviously so much more to him than meets the eye, and I look forward to watching the layers peeled back until all that is left is the purest form of the man himself. His world is one filled with abundant amounts of inequity and multiple layers of division. Even in the aftermath of a horrendous war, he still holds onto a gentle and sincere spirit. When he views his fellow citizens he sees more than just wealth and poverty. He sees untapped potential and an inborn significance that goes beyond their station in life. In other words, get good and comfortable because we are about to be plunged into a phenomenal journey that will tear our spirit apart bit by bit all the while rebuilding it into something that we will never recognize in the end.
Patrick W. Carr is one author that will leave a deep and lasting impression on your heart and your mind. When he creates it is with something that is not of this world. He will spark a flame in your soul that will either set it ablaze or forever leave a mark that you will never be able to wipe away or even forget. There is sometimes more truth hidden in stories than we ever realize. Open your heart and your mind to this series as it paints you a mesmerizing masterpiece that will never leave you the same again.
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