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Wait till you read Diana’s latest–The Necromancer’s Daughter

I am so excited to introduce you to what will become your favorite fantasy book of the year–Diana Peach’s The Necromancer’s Daughter. When you purchase it (and you will–this is a book you don’t want to miss), send the kids to stay with friends and your partner on a weekend getaway because you will not want to stop reading.

The Necromancer’s Daughter

by D. Wallace Peach


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

In D. Wallace Peach’s latest fantasy, The Necromancer’s Daughter, Aster starts her life dead, taking with her the King of Verdane’s beloved Queen. Though a crippled necromancer is available and is the one person one who could turn her death into life, Aster’s life is forfeit, a too-painful memory of what it cost the King to have this daughter. But the necromancer has already fallen in love with the beautiful child and hides her body in his robes as he hurries out of the castle and returns to his hovel in the woods. There, he breathes life back into the infant’s body and then raises her as his own. For nineteen years, she grows up in his woods and learns to love all life, including the massive dragons who eat apples from her hand. When the King re-appears to ask Aster to return to the castle with him as his only heir, she agrees–for complicated reasons–but on the return journey, the King’s entourage is attacked, he is killed, and Aster must flee for her life. Her only hope is to seek out her real father, solicit his help in stopping those who threaten her life and her adopted father’s. She carries with her the weight of being the legitimate ruler of the Kingdom of Verdane as well as the taint of the forbidden skill of necromancy. In this bold quest, she finds unlikely assistance from one who should be her enemy and another who is. What she doesn’t know until the end is if either will be enough.

Peach is a gifted storyteller skilled at creating believable worlds that readers wish would exist. I’ve read many of her books, loved them all, but this one, with its rich characters, fast-moving plot, and worthy goals, is my favorite. I highly recommend it to those who love fantasies, love stories with strong people who are tested to their limits, and endings that are supremely satisfying.

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About D. Wallace Peach

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.

How to reach D. Wallace:

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection Fall 2022.

210 thoughts on “Wait till you read Diana’s latest–The Necromancer’s Daughter

  1. I know Diana said I don’t have to follow her blog tour, but it’s a nice break for me to read wonderful reviews. Your review makes me want to read the book right now but I only have a few minutes here and there during this busy time of visiting grandkids and buying and selling homes.
    Congratulations to Diana for a successful blog tour and wonderful reviews. Will see you in three days! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!.. another great review that peaks one’s interest in a wonderful book!.. I wish much success in Diana’s book and in your travels!!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  3. Another great review for Diana’s awesome book, Jacqui! I’m a little more than halfway through and I feel the same, can’t put it down! I love the language and vivid scenes that form in each line, paragraph, and chapter. Congrats again to Diana and thanks for hosting her.

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  4. I already have read Diana’s books and they are great. Now, I’m intrigued about your stories. I have read Jean Aeul’s Clan of the Cave Bears and liked it. Yours sounded interesting.
    Which one should I start with?

    Btw, I was born in Annapolis, as my mother’s family lived there and my father graduated from the Naval Academy. It’s a beautiful city. I married and moved back with my husband for his business and had my daughter there. Now I live in Portland near Diana. Small world.

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    • I spent a lot of time in Annapolis for four years–as you can imagine. It’s a fun city. And the Yard–it’s a wonderfully different world. My daughter is still Navy, now a CDR, happy and fulfilled. I hope that was true with your father, too.

      The Dawn of Humanity trilogy is earliest man 1.8 million years ago, exploring how the h*** he survived in a world that should have destroyed him. The Crossroads trilogy deals with the longest lasting species of man–Erectus–how we became a dominant animal on the landscape, more predator than prey. There’s probably more action in Crossroads for obvious reasons (he fought a lot!).

      All of the books are free on KU. I hope you love them!

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    • Jacqui’s books are amazing, Sheron. I was blown away by her research and world-building. The one that I reviewed was my first foray into Jacqui’s prehistoric fiction and it was a great place to start. I’ve read every single one since. Thanks for the visit and Happy Reading!!!

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  5. Jacqui, a great review of Diana’s book. I have it on my TBR pile and looking forward to reading it. Diana’s review of your book was fascinating. How to write a historic story is beyond me. And you do it with creative skill. I’ll look further into your books too. 📚🎶Christine

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  6. Well I’m starting to lose sleep, not wanting to put The Necromancer’s Daughter down! From all the great reviews, I knew that was bound to happen. It’s a great problem to have. I guess I’ll have to start reading earlier in the evening. 😀

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  7. Nice to see Diana over here, Jacqui, since both of you are outstanding writers. I loved your review. It made me think, “If I hadn’t already read and reviewed this book, I’d want to pick it up based on your words of praise.”

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  8. This is my favorite book of the year too and I agree with you Jacqui… the richness of the characters and the brisk pace makes this book so lovable! Not to forget the exquisite language! I highly recommend this book. Congratulations Diana.

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  9. I could feel part if the journey through this review as I imagined the child nestled in the robe (in that very pivotal decision) and the hand-feeding of apples to the dragons. I have not yet read the book but my little glimpses into it continue to reminded me of Game of Thrones – esp with the “chase spanning kingdoms” and the ups and downs with power roles and drastic changes life (and power struggles) can thrust our way. Hmmmm – …
    Enjoyed your review Jacqui and best wishes with Day 7 on the tour, Diana

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  10. Yay. So lovely to visit with you today, Jacqui. And I loved your intro. That was so kind of you. I feel the same way about your fiction, having read every one you’ve published. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Huge hugs for hosting me today and sharing the trailer and your wonderful review. ❤

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