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Welcome Diana Peach and her new Fantasy, Liars and Thieves

If you love fantasy, you’ve probably read something by Diana Peach, one of the most creative, enticing fantasy authors I follow. Here are 5/5 reviews of Legacy of Souls, Soul Swallowers and Sunwielder: An Epic Time Travel Adventure. Today, Diana launches Liars and Thieves, Book 1 in her new fantasy series, Unraveling the Veil. Here’s an overview:

Behind the Veil, the hordes of Chaos 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 goes 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

I got an early read on this novel and oh my, you-all are going to love this book, whether you’re a fan of fantasy, thrillers, or anything in between! Here’s my review:

D. Wallace Peach’s latest fantasy novel, Liars and Thieves (2020), Book 1 in her new fantasy series, Unraveling the Veil, is one of those stories you wish you could read again for the first time. The concept is simple–bad guys cause havoc and good guys must stop them. What makes it a story you won’t forget is how Peach reveals the characters, the plot, and the amazing world where they live:

“…they fed the Veil’s mass with heat harvested from the mountains’ core, from pristine forests and wildflower meadows, from creatures of hoof and wing. All withered, browned, and blackened. Then they stole the light from the dawn.”
“The Veil thinned and solidified, releasing the energetic mass that had fortified it against the storm.”

Her choice of words, always spot on, are never wasted:

“…the ambition of a well-fed cat on a sunny sill.”
“Then they stole the light from the dawn.”
“He sniffed the air. Scents of blue snow and dank earth mingled with something new—the electric tang of power.”

The stunning reality she has built includes an eclectric mix of elves, changelings, and goblins, some purebred and others mixed, and all the problems and challenges that go with different cultures intermingling. To stop chaotic events that could destroy the world, these folks find themselves working with old enemies, relying on those they previously distrusted, and discovering new alliances. Though presented as a fantasy world, it will remind you of real-life. As you read, you will never really know what the truth is, when something you thought you knew turns out to be upside down. This made for an excitingly fresh tale like few I’ve ever read. The detail she includes is riveting and in large part why you will think this world could really exist. To give you an example, read Diana’s explanation of what happens to an individual’s bones, hair, organs, and muscles when switching from animal to human.

“The skeletal changes came first. He sank to his knees as his oblong skull crushed inward at the muzzle and bulged in the cranium. His neck compressed. Shoulder blades and ribcage shrank while hip bones expanded and rearranged their connections to fibulae and spine.”

As with every book Peach has written, her world building is believable, her characters likable, and her plot never stops surprising readers. Grab a copy, sit back, and enjoy.

For a visual preview, check out the trailer:

Where to buy

Liars and Thieves Global Purchase Link

About the Author

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Peach’s Social Media Links



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Twitter: @dwallacepeach

More by Diana Peach

Catling’s Bane

The Sorcerer’s Garden

The Bone Wall

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2021.

154 thoughts on “Welcome Diana Peach and her new Fantasy, Liars and Thieves

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  5. A really great review made all the more powerful by those incredible samples of Diana’s talent as a wordsmith. I have this book on my Kindle and I’m going to bump it up the list!

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  6. Wow! Jacqui, this is a superlative review! I love the snippets from the book and explanations of the fantasy elements yet how they relate to real life! Congratulations, Diana … I think I can see you dancing for joy!😀 Well deserved and look forward to reading soon. Lovely to see you around on the blogosphere! 😀

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  8. I love fantasy, but haven’t bought a new author (and I haven’t read Diana Peach) in a very long time. Book money goes on the Barbarians or “in-genre” books for me mostly (keeping up with what’s being published). But I have a lovely TBB list and have added Diana to it.

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  9. Diana’s stories are always intriguing and complex, her writing flavored with the poetic lyricism of a bard of old. I am so looking forward to reading Liars and Thieves. Thanks for showcasing her work here today, Jacqui, and congrats to Diana on an awesome review.

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  10. Diana is a true wordsmith, and I’ve loved every book of hers I’ve read. I downloaded this one yesterday, and after reading your review and the beautifully crafted snippets, it’s moving to the top of the pile! Sounds like my kind of tale through and through. Congratulations on another winner, Diana, and great post, Jacqui! 🙂

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  11. I’ve gotten to know Diana a bit through her blog, and this will be my first read of one of her books. Your testimonial, Jacqui, is further proof that I’ve been missing out.

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  12. Oh, Jacqui, thanks so much for reading the book and for the launch-day review. The review is wonderful and I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. It was worth getting up at 4 AM (lol) and was a great start to my book tour! I’m so appreciative. Have an amazing day, my friend.

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  13. Agree wholeheartedly with everything you said, Jacqui! I was also lucky enough to get a sneak peek and I love, love, love this series. No one does world building like D Peach, and her descriptive passages are second to none. Brilliant review 🤗

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