#BookReview: Liars and Thieves by D Wallace Peach @Dwallacepeach

Hi everyone. Today, I have a book review for you by an author new to me, D Wallace Peach. I loved this read so much that I’ve now added her other books to my ereader and eagerly await her next book in this series.

About the Book:

Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—
When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.

A changeling who betrays his home—
Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.

A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—
Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.

When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.

Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.

My Review:

 

A fantastic fantasy read.

I haven’t read this author before and came across this book during its launch tour on varioius blogs on the web. I am so pleased I picked it up and bumped it up my to-read list. I only put it down because life forced me to, lols.

As I read, a few lines stood out for me. I share three here:

1. A clocktower rang the hours, and when night crept into the alleys, he follwed on its heels.

2. Though goblins were permitted anywhere in the Borderland, their right to breathe didn’t equate to a warm welcome.

3. He possessed the ambition of a well-fed cat on a sunny sill.

At the beginning, a dark force attempts to break the veil. When he’s unsuccessful, he sets off events that will have the three races fight and destroy each other for him. The political intrigue, machinations, and manipulations are well written and gripping. And the world-building is wonderfully done, as is the characterisation.

I eagerly await the second book in the series. This book so moved me that I’ve now added D Wallace Peach’s other books to my ereader.

A solid five stars from me.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.


I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

If you’re interested, here are the Amazon links: US and UK

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Roberta Eaton Cheadle

A fabulous review, Harmony. Diana must be delighted. I like those three sentences you selected, especially the last one.

Toni Pike

A super review of a super book, Harmony, and it’s so good to see Diana here. Toni x

Diana Peach

Thank you so much, Harmony, for bumping up the read and giving the book a try! Your review made me jump up and do a little dance. 🙂 And I’m so appreciative that you took the time to share it here on your blog. That was so sweet of you. Thank you again. Hugs! <3

CS Boyack

Outstanding review. Sound like a winner.

Diana Peach

Thanks for taking the time to check out Harmony’s review. Craig. She made my day. Have a good one! 😀

Mae Clair

I’ve read a number of books by Diana and have been enthralled by all of them. Her world building is always amazing, same with her characters. And her way with words is exquisite. I’m a huge fan of lyrical writing, and Diana does it so well.
Liars and Thieves is on my Kindle and my TBR list. I’m really looking forward to this one. I know it will be a treat.
Great review, Harmony!

Diana Peach

Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Mae. I’m getting lots of smiles in this morning. My face is going to hurt after a while. Lol. Harmony’s review gave me a huge boost and I couldn’t be more grateful. Hugs.

Marcia Meara

Oh, Harmony! Now that you’ve discovered Diana’s work, you are in for a treat. While you are waiting for Book 2, I highly recommend you check out her other books. Sunwielder is a great favorite of mine (such a novel concept) and Diana already knows how much I love her Shattered Sea series. Especially her hero, Raze. *happy sigh*

Great to read how much you enjoyed Liars and Thieves. I grabbed my copy on Day 1, and I cannot wait to read it! Super review, Harmony, and best wishes to Diana for record-breaking sales. 🙂

Diana Peach

Thanks, Marcia. You’re so kind to plug my other books. Lol. I love your enthusiasm, and of course, it’s likewise. When time allows, I’m so curious to hear what you think of this one. No cuties like Raze though. Lol. These characters are all pretty flawed. Thanks for checking out Harmony’s review. I couldn’t be happier this morning. Hugs, my friend.

GP Cox

Another excellent writer!

Diana Peach

Thanks so much for checking out Harmony’s review, GP. She started my morning with a bang! I hope you have a marvelous day. Take care. 😀

Staci Troilo

My Kindle is on fire with books burning to be read. This is one of them. Loved your review, Harmony. (The pull-quotes are a very nice touch; I always enjoy them when reviewers use them but always forget to mark them for my own reviews.)

Diana Peach

I can relate, Staci. I’ve probably picked up 30 books during this tour alone. LOL. I really can’t wait to take some time away from writing to just relax and read – like for two months! I like the quotes too. That’s such a lovely touch that I also forget to do. I’m usually to engrossed in a book to remember to write them down. Thanks so much for stopping by to read Harmony’s review! Hugs.

Joan Hall

I’ve been seeing this around the web. Great review, Harmony. I don’t read fantasy these days, but this one sounds intriguing.

Diana Peach

Thanks for taking the time to check out the review, Joan. Harmony was so kind to share it. 🙂 I hope that if the fantasy bug bites at some point, you give it a try, but Happy Reading every which way. And Happy Writing. 🙂

Sarah Stuart

My TBR list just got longer!

Thank you, Harmony. x

Diana Peach

Lol. Your comment cracked me up. I suppose it’s a great problem to have. We love our libraries!

Diana Peach

Lol. Thanks, Sarah. I’m so glad that Harmony’s review pushed you into it! I’m so grateful. If and when you get to the book, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Take care.

D.L. Finn

Great review, Harmony! I just finished the book and loved it too. I remember each of those lines you listed.

Diana Peach

Thank you, Denise! Your comment popped open my eyes. Lol. I’m so glad you enjoyed the read. I don’t think I can smile any wider.:-D <3 Have a great day and stay safe with all the fires raging around us.

Priscilla Bettis

Good review! Everybody who has a cat in the family understands that third quote from the book.:-)

Diana Peach

Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, I have cats! And they aren’t very ambitious. Lol. Thanks so much for stopping by to read Harmony’s review. She started my morning with a huge grin. Have a lovely day and take care. 🙂

Jessica E Bakkers

So glad you’ve found Peach, Harmony! She’s easily one of my favourite writers 🙂 This one in particular is a real winner!

Diana Peach

I know what you mean about reading time! I need a clone. 🙂

Diana Peach

Thanks for stopping by, Jess, and for the wonderful comment. I’m so grateful for your support and the enthusiasm of this amazing community. Harmony’s review had me dancing. Have a peaceful, healthy day, my friend, and Happy Writing!

john howell

Excellent review, Harmony. thank you.

Diana Peach

Thank you, John. I appreciate the visit and kind comment. Harmony’s review started my day with a huge smile. Take care. 🙂

Bette Stevens

Fabulous review, Harmony… Cheers to Diana and Liars and Thieves!

Diana Peach

Thanks so much for stopping by, Bette. My computer problems seem to have resolved themselves this morning. The WordPress gremlins are gone! Thanks for your patience yesterday and for your visit to Harmony’s to check out her review. I couldn’t be happier. Hugs, my friend.