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The Wounded Shadow

Book 4 of The Darkwater Saga

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 evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined.


March 2019: I will be at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville. Stop by if you would like a book signed or just want to chat. Check it out here.

July 2019: Come see me and a whole lot of other folks (including Brent Weeks!) at the Realm Makers Conference in St. Louis. There’s still time to sign up. Check here.

November 2019: Look for my latest release from Bethany House. Check back here for more details and maps as we get closer

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Patrick W. Carr

Patrick W. Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of cold war tensions. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee.

Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last eight years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. While Patrick enjoys reading about himself, he thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

He’s won some awards for his writing. Here are a few of them:

  • Christy Award Finalist for debut novel – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Christy Award Finalist for speculative fiction – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Clive Staples Award Winner – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Carol Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2014 (Cast of Stones)
  • Carol Award Finalist for speculative fiction – 2014 (Hero’s Lot)
  • Inspy Award Finalist – 2014 (Hero’s Lot)
  • Inspy Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2016 (The Shock of Night)
  • Inspy Award Winner for speculative fiction – 2017 (The Shattered Vigil)
  • Realm Makers Award Winner for epic fantasy – 2016 (The Shock of Night)

My Blog

The End of All Things

Life through a Mathematical Lens: A few months ago I asked people on my facebook author page what they would like to see me blog about. Most people answered that they would enjoy reading about the trials and tribs of teaching in the public school system and whatever...

A Swinging Pendulum Never Stops Halfway

Writing: Perseverance Actually, I could have entitled this post “The Necessity of Writing in Community.” But that seemed a little long-winded, even for me. Both titles point to the same idea; every writer struggles with how they view their own writing. I’ve met a few...

Protagonists: Where to begin?

WRITING Protagonists: This week’s writing tip comes from a recent conversation I had with a couple of writing friends. We started talking about the traits of our protagonists, when a realization hit me: I’d seen protagonists described in all sorts of ways, but never...

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