The Necromancer’s Daughter by D Wallace Peach @Dwallacepeach #NewBook #Fantasy #ReadersOfTwitter #BookReview

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Hi everyone! It gives me great pleasure to have one of my favourite authors, fellow blogger, Story Empire contributor, and friend, over to visit today. Even more exciting, is that Diana has a new book out! Woohoo! I’ll let her tell you all about it. And my review is at the bottom of the page. This is one read you do not want to miss! >>>

Verticle banner for The Necromancer's Daughter. New book by D Wallace PeachHi everyone. Diana here.

Today, I thought I’d share a snippet from Chapter 4 when Barus sees the infant Aster for the first time:

The king stumbled from the bedchamber, and the tension in the room eased into solemn tranquility as the midwives and physician concentrated on their tasks. The woman holding the dead infant placed the bundle on the end of the bed. Servants gathered for revised instructions, and she meted out their assignments. Not one of them noticed Barus or told him what to do or where to go.

He pushed up his cracked spectacles and left his book on a bench. Drawing in a breath, he stole a quiet step toward the tiny child. The infant’s skin appeared ashen, with petal-thin eyelids and a fringe of wispy lashes almost invisible to the eye. Spider-silk hair, as white as a summer cloud, matted the baby’s head, and her lips curved into a pink bow. A sweet hand curled under her chin like a spring flower yet to bloom.

She was the most exquisite thing Barus had ever beheld.

A gift from the Blessed One.


About the Book:

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 Book Cover for The Necromancer's Daughter by D Wallace Peachaway 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.


About the Author:


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 thearts 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 world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them

My Review:


Good and evil aren’t what they seem

Having read this author before, I preordered my copy of The Necromancer’s Daughter as soon as it came on sale. I wasn’t disappointed!

‘Barus wrinkled his nose at the poison’s fetid stench, and his stomach bubbled into the hollow of his throat.’ … from this pungent opening line, which certainly engages the reader’s senses, the reader is—as promised—treated to ‘… an epic tale of compassion and deep abiding love where good and evil aren’t what they seem.’

I fell in love with the characters immediately and felt for them in their ever more desperate plights. The author did a fantastic job of world building, as well as hooking the reader with the people, plot, and pacing. I admire and applaud how the author took attributes usually seen as negative—ugly, deformed appearance and the practice of necromancy—and turned them into something beautiful and worthy. I loathed the hateful characters and believed in this magical world fully with no suspension of disbelief needed, as the writer did such a superb job in presenting this story as real and true to life despite its many differences.

As ever from D Wallace Peach, the narrative and prose is beautifully descriptive and evocative … poetry in sentence form. Here are some lines that stood out for me …

‘Behind the wind, a voice called, a lost sound like the hoot of a faraway owl.’

And …

(A long history in a few, succinct words) ‘… since she’d rescued his malformed and abandoned body from the woods and carried him home.’

And …

‘ … a tragic last step in a journey of blindness, of unforgiving guilt and blame, of a rigid perception of faith.’

I could go on. So difficult to choose from so many wonderful words. This is one of those reads I didn’t ever want to finish because it was so good! As you may have guessed, The Necromancer’s Daughter gets a resounding 5 stars from me.


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.

88 Comments on “The Necromancer’s Daughter by D Wallace Peach @Dwallacepeach #NewBook #Fantasy #ReadersOfTwitter #BookReview

  1. It’s wonderful to see this book getting so many positive reviews- well-deserved, Diana!

    • Thanks so much for swinging by Harmony’s blog, Jacquie, and for the lovely comment. I’m over the roof with the kindness of my hosts and their generous reviews. I couldn’t ask for more. Huge hugs, my friend. <3

    • What a lovely comment, Molly. You’ve started my evening with a giant smile. Harmony’s review was beautiful. I love how she shares lines from the books she reads. I hope that you enjoy the read whenever you get to it. Have wonderful week and Happy Reading!

  2. What a fabulous review, Harmony! You shared a very riveting except. Congratulations to Diana.

    I must thank you for introducing me to excellent works of fellow bloggers. 🙂❤️

  3. I’ve been dropping in occasionally on Diana’s tour to sing my praises of The Necromancer’s Daughter. Diana is slowly converting some of us non-fantasy types one reader at a time. 🤣

    I’m not surprised to see Diana landed here, Harmony. You are such a great supporter of other indie authors.

    • Harmony is wonderfully supportive of our community. I couldn’t agree more, Pete, not to mention that she’s a beautiful writer as well. Thanks for the visit and for the fun comment. I get such a kick when non-fantasy readers take a chance on the book and enjoy it. That means a lot to me. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Writing!

    • That’s so lovely of you to say! Thanks, Pete. Yes, I reckon even the non-fantasy-types will enjoy this book as it’s such a fun read 💕🙂

  4. What a fabulous spotlight and review for this amazing book! I love the excerpt chosen and Harmony, your review is spot on. As always, you choose wonderful lines to share. Congrats to Diana! Thank you, Harmony!

    • I love the way Harmony shares bits of writing from the books she reviews. It always helps me to decide whether to pick one up. Thanks for stopping by, Jan, and for the kind comment and congrats. Happy Writing, my friend. <3

    • I loved writing this moment when Barus falls in love with the newborn infant. In the book, he’s transformed and his life changes forever. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Bette, and delighted that you plan to grab a copy. Thanks for stopping by Harmony’s to read, and have a gorgeous day. Hugs.

    • Harmony writes beautiful poetry, Sheri, and I loved sharing her book Slices of Soul on my blog. Her second book is just as good as the first. And I’m delighted to hear that you’ve hit the halfway mark on TND. Things will continue to ramp up. 🙂 Ha ha. Thanks for the visit and for cheering me on. Hugs.

    • Aww, thanks so much, Sheri! You’ve given me a huge smile. Ooh, you’ll love what happens next! 💕🙂

    • Thanks for the wonderful comment, Marje. I saw your review on GR and I’m so grateful to you and Harmony and others from this lovely community who took the time to read. I’ve been smiling all morning. Hugs.

  5. HI Harmony, thank you for sharing this lovely post and review. Diana does write beautifully. I have passed that passage in her book, but it is a delightful piece to share.

    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Robbie, and for checking out Harmony’s excellent review. I’m delighted to be here today, visiting with her crew. 🙂 Huge hugs and Happy Reading!

    • I struggled to choose just the ones I did, because they were all so good! Thanks, Robbie 💕🙂

  6. I totally agree with you Harmony, so many amazing quotes to pull from Diana’s beautiful book, which I just finished! I loved the people in this book (although some I hated -sign of great writing), so much, that I actually cried at the end of this fantastic fantasy tale. Congrats again Diana!!! <3 xx

    • Yay. I love making my readers cry, LOL (In a good way). Thanks, Debby for reading and for your wonderful feedback. I’m just thrilled that you enjoyed the book. And thanks for stopping by Harmony’s to check out her amazing review. I’m feeling lots of warm fuzzies today. Have a lovely autumn day and huge hugs.

    • Oh, yes, such talent in writing characters we hate! Thanks so much for your wonderful recommendation, Debby 💕🙂

  7. Diana does’t such a wonderful job of creating characters you love and those you love to hate. Another well-deserved fantastic review. Thanks for hosting, Harmony!

    • Aww. Thanks for stopping by Harmony’s to read and comment, Balroop. This is one of my favorite scenes too. So innocent and that opening of Barus’s heart was wonderful to write. Have a wonderful day, and see you tomorrow at your place!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Harmony’s, Michele, and for taking the time to comment. I’m delighted that the book is in your reading pile, and I hope that when you get to it, it lives up to Harmony’s awesome review! Happy Reading. <3

  8. Awww, Harmony, what a lovely post and marvelous review. You started my morning with a huge grin and a full heart. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and the characters and the writing. What more can an author ask for? Nothing! I’m delighted to be visiting with your followers today as well as to invite my blogging buds to your site and your books. Huge hugs and hopes for a fun day. <3

    • I loved your book, Diana! And it’s my absolute pleasure to have you over to visit today 😁I’m delighted to have started your day in such a positive way! Huge hugs to you, too 💕🙂

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Harmony’s, Viv. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the story, and I love your comment. Yay. Harmony’s review set my heart atwitter, and I couldn’t be more grateful for her kindness in reading the book and hosting me today. Have a wonderful day. Hugs.

  9. Great review, Harmony. I’m currently reading The Necromancer’s Daughter and loving it. Thanks for hosting today. Best wishes to Diana and wishing her much success with the book.

  10. So nice to see Diana’s work highlighted here today. It was masterfully done, and your review is outstanding and well deserved. Best wishes to her. Thanks, Harmony.

    • Thanks, Priscilla. I loved writing that scene. To me, it was such a pivotal point, where love overcomes all the sane reasons to walk away and not get involved. A leap into the fire, so to speak. It’s Barus’s greatest moment. Thanks for the lovely comment, my friend. Have a gorgeous day.