The Necromancer’s Daughter #review #blog tour #excerpt October 5th 2022. @Dwallacepeach

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.


My review

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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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author bio:

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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  1. 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

      1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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. ❤

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

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