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.
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.
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.
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:
Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
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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.