Willet Dura and the Vigil discover that the evil coming from the Darkwater is worse than they could have imagined, and that the Darkwater is growing.
This book picks up right where the last book left off, but they must face new evils in their search for the truth of what hides in the depths of the Darkwater.
Each member of the Vigil has taken an apprentice from among the urchins, and I loved seeing how Toria, Pellin, Bronwyn, and Willet mentor, and teach their young apprentices who are quick to learn and understand the gravity of the evil that the Darkwater brings. Rory and Fess are my favorites, daring, brave, yet skeptical at times and unafraid to ask questions. I especially was touched by the relationship between Fess and his mentor, Bronwyn.
Willet struggles to win the trust of the Vigil, proving himself time and again, despite the dark vault hidden deep within his mind. I like how he has grown, and though still reckless by the standards of others, he is learning more about the Vigil and the Darkwater and what his gift means for his life.
What I really liked about this book was getting to know the other members of the Vigil better, as well as the charming urchins, Rory, Fess, Lelwin, and Mark. I felt that with this book there was much stronger characterization, and even though it was the second book in the series, I never felt that it was a "filler" book, there was actually a lot more action in this book than in the last one. I really didn't want to put it down, yet at the same time I didn't want it to end!
Overall, this was the thrilling sequel to The Shock of Night. Willet struggles to find his place in a Vigil that seems to want to lock him out despite his insights. I like how in this book we see more of his vulnerabilities, which only made me like him even more. Bolt and Rory are made for each other, with their sayings, they are constantly sharing their wisdom. I can't wait to see how it all comes together in the final book! Highly recommend for anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series!
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