#BookReview: The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by Diana Wallace Peach @Dwallacepeach

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an author whose books I love. Diana Wallace Peach is one of my go-to writers and well worth a read >>>

58287850. sy475 About the Book:

 The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air. Her fingers dangle above the swells.
The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.

Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.

Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.

And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.

Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.


My Review:


‘The hemp net hung from the boom above the waves. Within its lattice of pinched knots, the slender merrow baked in the heated air. She had ceased her struggle while the sun tilted up and shadows pooled on the deck.’

This opening line leads right into the action and sets up the whole premise of the story. We meet Callum, our hero who pays for showing kindness and holds a fragile truce within his hands. This fantasy world is excellently written and comes alive along with the characters. Greed and political maneuverings abound, and Callum has to tread carefully between the two main powers, separated by The Deep, which only he and his vessel may cross. Each crossing requires a human sacrifice to pay back the debt of the death of one of the Sea Witche’s daughters, and each loss of life weighs heavily upon Callum’s shoulders.

Here are some lines I loved …

‘Callum froze with the crew and officers, silent, waiting, the seconds unspooling like a weaver’s thread.’

And …

‘Ignorance doesn’t change the truth.’

And …

‘From her vantage point, the crescent shoreline resembled a broken bowl spilling its contents into the sea.’


I have enjoyed every book of this writer that I’ve read, and The Ferryman and the Sea Witch is no exception. I give this book a solid 5 stars and would highly recommend this read.



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.

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 🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


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Roberta Eaton Cheadle

HI Harmony, this is a great review of a book I also enjoyed.

Sarah Brentyn

I can’t wait to read this one. It’s sitting patiently (or, maybe, not so patiently) waiting on my kindle. I absolutely love Diana’s storytelling and coupled with her brilliant writing, you can’t lose. She’s a master at her craft. Thanks for sharing this one, Harmony. (Love the quotes you chose.)

Diana Peach

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Harmony. I’m smiling so hard my cheeks hurt! I’ve been on the road most of the day and this was such a joy to see pop up in my email. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to jot down your thoughts. Hugs!

Miriam Hurdle

Excellent review of The Ferryman and the Witch, Harmony. I agree with your insight and quotes. I also loved the book and read it almost in one sitting, only had one chapter to finish the next day so that I could write the review right away. Congratulations to Diana on this wonderful review. 🙂

Diana Peach

Thanks for the wonderful comment, Miriam. I’m so grateful for Harmony’s review and for yours too!

Yvette M Calleiro

With a review like that, I definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing Diana’s book today, Harmony! 🙂

Diana Peach

Thanks for checking out Harmony’s review, Yvette. I appreciate the kind comment. 🙂

Jan Sikes

I totally agree with your review of this book, Harmony! And Diana is a true wordsmith, as is evident from the phrases you chose to share. Congrats to Diana and thank you for sharing your thoughts. I loved the twists the story took. I highly recommend this book!

Diana Peach

Thanks for the wonderful support, Jan. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and appreciate the kind comment. Hugs.

Bette A Stevens

Wonderful review! Must share… You can’t help but fall in love with Diana’s tales!

Diana Peach

Thanks, Bette, for checking out Harmony’s wonderful review and for sharing. Hugs.

Mae Clair

I thoroughly loved this book. Everything Diana writes is pure gold.
Excellent review, Harmony!

Diana Peach

Thanks for the awesome comment, Mae. The book is getting lots of love this week and I couldn’t be more delighted. Hugs.

CS Boyack

Great review, congratulations to Diana.

Diana Peach

Thanks, Craig. Much appreciated!

Staci Troilo

I loved this tale, too, Harmony. Diana is a brilliant wordsmith. Fabulous review.

Diana Peach

Thanks, Staci. Harmony certainly left me grinning. Have a wonderful week.

Joan Hall

I’ve heard great things about Diana’s book. Great review, Harmony.

Diana Peach

Thanks for the wonderful comment, Joan. Harmony wrote an awesome review and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

D.L. Finn

Great review. This is definitely a great read!

Diana Peach

Thanks for the lovely comment, Denise. It’s been an awesome week!


A fantastic and well deserved review Harmony.
Gigantic Hugs

Diana Peach

Thanks for the sweet comment, David. Gigantic Hugs. <3

Priscilla Bettis

“…the seconds unspooling like a weaver’s thread.” That’s a lovely line! Good review, Harmony!

Diana Peach

Thanks for checking out Harmony’s review, Priscilla. I was over the roof. Have a great week. 🙂

john howell

Excellent review, Harmony. I also read this book and enjoyed it very much.

Diana Peach

Thanks, John. I’m tickled that you enjoyed the book and couldn’t be happier with Harmony’s review.. Have a wonderful week.