Thrilled to support Diana in her blog tour for The Necromancer’s Daughter which I loved!
From Diana: Today I thought I’d share a snippet from Chapter 9 when Aster’s life takes a terrible turn:
In silence but for her heart’s pounding, Aster poured the tea and handed a wobbling cup to each man. As she knelt on the mat at her father’s knee, she stared at her pale hands. Her hair tumbled over her shoulders in a wild white froth. When she was a little thing, her father had called her his snow fairy, but in truth, she was nothing so delicate or whimsical. In contrast to the sunny complexions of Verdane, she was as ashen as death.
The king waited for her compliance, but how could she agree? Desperation marred his reasoning. She knew nothing about ruling, nothing about courtly manners or intrigue, or the tenets that underlay the Red Order’s intolerant faith. The kingdom’s powerful would trample her into the ground and seal her grave.
A healer and dabbler in the dark arts of life and death, Barus is as gnarled as an ancient tree. Forgotten in the chaos of the dying queen’s chamber, he spirits away her stillborn infant, and in a hovel at the meadow’s edge, he breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she learns to heal death.
Then the day arrives when the widowed king, his own life nearing its end, defies the Red Order’s warning. He summons the necromancer’s daughter, his only heir, and for his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade.
While Barus hides from the Order’s soldiers, Aster leads their masters beyond the wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a land of dragons and barbarian tribes. She seeks her mother’s people, the powerful rulers of Blackrock, uncertain whether she will find sanctuary or face a gallows’ noose.
Unprepared for a world rife with danger, a world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, she must choose whether to trust the one man offering her aid, the one man most likely to betray her—her enemy’s son.
A healer with the talent to unravel death, a child reborn, a father lusting for vengeance, and a son torn between justice, faith, and love. Caught in a chase spanning kingdoms, each must decide the nature of good and evil, the lengths they will go to survive, and what they are willing to lose.
The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a beautifully written fantasy book. Stunning prose, engaging characters and a simple but effective plot weave a rich tale of the love of a daughter for her father, and the concerns and morality of awakening the dead.
I loved it from start to finish. There is conflict, uncertainty and excitement, heartfelt scenes, and tender moments in this story.
Aster is a lovely character who the reader can’t help but warm to. The love interest between her and Joreh isn’t overstated, neither does it dominate the plot, instead their relationship gently grows as the story unfolds. I also love her father, Barus.
I was so glad how the story conclusion held such a complete awareness and understanding of love and life in such a sweet fulfilling way. I better say no more for fear of spoiling it for you!
I was also interested to read the inspiration behind the story – a retelling of the story of Kwan-yin from Chinese mythology. And the dragons… they were larger than life! And boy did they like their apples!
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A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.
In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.
Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.
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a beautiful review for a wonderful book…
Yes Diana’s writing is a delight. Thanks for stopping by Anita. 🙂
I am savouring every word, and in awe at the same time…
Thanks so much for stopping by at Marje’s, Jaye. She wrote a lovely review and I’m grateful to be hangind around her site today. Happy Reading. <3
My pleasure Diana. Fab fantasy tale . 🙂
Great review, Marje. Diana’s book is certainly stunning! Thanks for sharing. Hugs 💕🙂
My pleasure Harmony. Hugs and happy reading! <3
Thanks for stopping by, Harmony. Always lovely to see your smile pop up. Have a wonderful Wednesday. ❤ ❤
Good morning, Marje! I’m sitting here with my coffee and smiling. Though it’s not even dawn here, you started my day with some blogging sunshine! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m honored that you read the book and delighted with your review. It was kind of you to share. It will be fun to visit with you and your readers today. Huge hugs. <3 <3
I’ve been out all day enjoying the sunshine in Portugal.. my pleasure Diana. Wonderful to indulge in your fantasy worlds. 🙂
That sounds wonderful! ❤
Good morning, Marje. I just wanted to mention that some of my comments have disappeared since yesterday. WordPress is being finicky. In case you find them, I’m going to continue from where I left off. 🙂
wonderful review –
Thank you Beth. Great book. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by Marje’s, Beth. Her review started my day with a smile. 🙂
Oh, I knew you’d like The Necromancer’s Daughter, Marje. It’s a fantasy story right up your alley and written so well!
Yes its a fantastic fantasy tale. Really enjoyed it Priscilla. 🙂
Thanks, Priscilla, for the visit and the comment. Much appreciated. Have a glorious day and Happy Reading. ❤
Great excerpt and review of a wonderful book. Best wishes to Diana. Marje, thanks for hosting.
I am so enjoying seeing Diana’s book all around the web. 🙂 xo This is a great review, too.
Thank you Kymber. It’s a gem. 🙂
It’s been making the rounds, Kymber, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’m delighted to be visiting with Marge today. She’s a wonderful host. Happy Wednesday, my friend. ❤
Thanks for sharing your lovely review of Diana’s latest release. It is indeed a fantastic fantasy! I loved the story, the style and the characters…Diana’s best.
Yes I agree Balroop. She’s hit yhe jackpot with this one! <3
Diana outdid herself with this one.
Thanks for hosting;)
Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Balroop, and for making the time to swing by Marje’s. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the story. Huge hugs. ❤
This book has so many intriguing components: the power struggle, the journey through a forest with dangers of its own – huge cats, dragons, and hostile people – the “black arts,” and the underlying love story that has conflict and tension of its own. Good and evil are at odds all the way through the book. I couldn’t put it down. Great review, Marje. Great book, Diana.
Thank you Anneli. Yes, definitely a favourite of mine too. Fantastic book from Diana. 🙂
What a great comment. Thank you, Anneli, for your ongoing support. I’m incredibly grateful for your help in getting this book ready to go. It added so much confidence to my release. Happy Wednesday, my friend.
Bravo, Marje… I knew you would love this book. The dragons were spectacular. 💜 🐲 🐉
Yes love them, Colleen. Fantastic book from Diana. 🙂
Lots of food for thought! LOL!
Thanks, Colleen. Any excuse to include dragons is a good excuse in my book. Ha ha. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book and appreciate all your kind visits and comments. Hugs.
Thanks, Diana. I told you I’m a fan. It’s the least I can do. LOL! 💜
Terrific review, MJ! This book is really hitting it out of the park with the 5-star reviews – Awesome!
A super review, Marje. Congratulations to Diana.
Another enjoyable stop on The Necromancer’s Daughter tour!
Yes indeed Liz. Lovely to be a part of it. 🙂
Thanks, Liz. I’m been having a blast. And so happy to be here at Marje’s. Thanks for dropping by!
You’re welcome, Diana!
Diana outdid herself with this one.
Thanks for hosting;)
Yes indeed she did, Sandra. Superb. 🙂
Lovely seeing Diana on your site, Marje. Appreciate you ladies sharing with us!! Wonderful blog tour, Diana!
Hi Mar, I’ve enjoyed being part of the tour. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Mar. I know you’re busy with your own tour, so your visit is extra special. Have a wonderful day. Wishing us both huge success! ❤
Great to see you hosting Diana too, Marje. Another fine review for this wonderful book. <3 xx
Yes, happy to do so, Debby. Great to support a fellow fantasy author. 🙂 xx
Thanks so much for following the tour and stopping by Marje’s place, Debby. It’s always lovely to see you pop up in the comments. Huge hugs.
It’s been a real pleasure Diana <3
Another wonderful stop on this blog tour! And what a gripping excerpt to share! Thanks for hosting, Marje!
Thank you Jan, thrilled to be part of Diana’s tour. 🙂
Thanks for your energy and wonderful support, Jan. I’m delighted to be visiting with Marje and her review was a treat. Have a wonderful day. ❤
HI Marje, it is great to see Diana here. I read your review with interest and your last comment about the dragons liking apples made me laugh.
Yes, lol I liked that too. It’s those little touches that make a great read, Robbie. 🙂
That was a great apple comment, wasn’t it? I think they’ll eat just about anything if given the chance. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Robbie. Much appreciated. Hugs.
What a wonderful review of Diana’s book, Marje. I also got some chuckles over the dragons liking apples.
Yes a nice quirky touch, Teri. 🙂
Thanks for dropping by, Teri. I’m not sure how the apples entered the story. It was just one of those details that showed up. Glad you got a chuckle from that one. Thanks for stopping by Marje’s place this morning. Hugs.
Love your review as I love Diana’s writing!! Thanks for sharing and supporting her book tour!!
I totally agree with your review, Marje. This book is another Peach “original,” and I must confess, my favorite one yet. I hope Diana is working on the next one!! (Sorry, Diana, but I was so enamored with Aster and her story, as well as her father’s, that I want another one – NOW!). These characters really stayed with me way past the last page.
Yes I’d say it is my favourite that I’ve read too. Thanks for popping by Pam. 🙂
Thanks for the lovely comment, Pam. A few people have said this is their favorite so far, which puts the pressure on! Lol. I have an outline for the next, but haven’t written a word yet. Something different perhaps. I’m so glad you liked the characters. I put a lot of love into them. ❤ ❤ It was wonderful to see you here at Marje's, my friend. Huge hugs.
What a fantastic excerpt from chapter line! I loved the scene set up and imagery. <3
Awesome glad you enjoyed. It’s a beautiful read. 🙂
Thanks for taking a peek at the excerpt, Jaya. I’ve had fun over here at Marje’s place and appreciate your visit. Happy Weekend!
Thanks for stopping by Marje’s, Jaya, and for the lovely comment. Sorry about the delay in replying. I hope you have a beautiful day and weekend. <3 <3
Thank you for stopping by Jaya. All the best. Highly recommended read from Diana. 🙂
What a fantastic review, Marje – congratulations to Diana. Toni x
Thanks Toni. Diana has struck a chord with this one. 🙂 x
Thanks so much for the comment, Toni. I’m back-tracking and missed this one. I had a lovely tour stop at Marje’s and appreciate the wonderful support. Have a great weekend, my friend, and Happy November!