Roberta Writes – Blog tour: The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach

About the Necromancer’s Daughter

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.

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This book is a well written and entertaining story about a a family of necromancers, all unrelated by blood, who pass their skills and healing remedies from one generation to the next. One of their skills is an ability to raise the dead, in certain circumstances and within specific timeframes. This ability to reverse death comes at a high personal cost to the necromancer who performs the healing, as it requires the ingestion of a mixture of poisons. The poisonous mixture makes the necromancer very ill after the treatment, and if ingested too frequently, can kill the healer.

Astor is the daughter of the king of Verdane, but she was born dead and he does not want to claim her as his daughter because necromancies is viewed with intolerance and disfavour by the majority of the people of his kingdom. Astor is raised by Barus, the deformed necromancer who raised her from the dead, and she recognises him as her father.

Barus was also born dead and was raised by his adopted mother who taught him the art of necromancy. Barus is summonsed by the king to aid his wife who is struggling to birth their first child and who might die. When the time comes and the queen dies in childbirth, followed by the death of her infant, the king decides not to resurrect either of them. Barus is captivated by the beautiful girl child and decides to take her, and fulfil her dead mother’s wish by restoring her to life.

Barus’ own adoptive mother was murdered by a vengeful soldier when she refused to raise his badly damaged dead son. He is very lonely and Astor is a chance for him to have someone to love and care for.

The king is aware that his child has been resurrected and lives with Barus and visits her every year on her birthday. She does not know who he is and is disturbed by his annual visits. Astor grows up a necromancer, under the tutorage of Barus, and also develops a strong natural talent to control the dragons that belong to her mother’s people in Blackrock. The people of Verdane are terrified of the dragons which have historically been used against them in battle by the King of Blackrock.

When the king becomes ill and looks set to die without an heir, he decides to claim Astor. That decision puts in motion a series of outcomes that cause enormous changes to Barus and Astor’s lives. Astor ends up fleeing Verdane with the aid of the son of her greatest enemy, Joreh, and attempting to travel to Blackrock to find her mother’s family.

This book is more than just a heart wrenching story as it holds some of mankind’s worst attributes up for detailed inspection and consideration. The theme of blind religious faith and puritanical attitudes towards people with different beliefs and viewpoints is examined throughout the book. Astor’s behaviours and abilities cause conflict and rejection by Joreh in some situations, and confusion, self examination and finally acceptance, in others. This aspect of the book reminded me of The Scarlet Letter.

These same skills and attributes are greatly revered and respected by the tribes of the forest, called the Catticut. There is great conflict between the peoples of Verdane, Catticut, and Blackrock due to their different behaviours, religious beliefs, and cultures.

The theme of hunger for power and greed are also central to this book and Astor is betrayed by people in high places who manipulate her and abuse her trust.

Other themes like devotion, love, loyalty, and opportunism all have their moments to shine.

Aside from being an excellent story, this book gives insight into the author’s thoughts and views about human behaviour, psychology, and philosophy. This fascinating detail is particularly relevant in the current turbulent political, social and economic environment and it makes this book a topical read. I highly recommend this book.

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.

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153 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Blog tour: The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach

  1. Good morning, Robbie. It’s well before dawn here, but I was eager to swing by and get started on what I suspect will be a fun day. Thank you so much for hosting me today and for the wonderful review. I couldn’t be more grateful for your kindness and look forward to chatting with your followers as I sip my coffee. Huge hugs for your generosity and support of our writing community. ❤

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    1. HI Diana, thank you for visiting so early. I see the comment issue is resolved for which I am thankful. I recently upgraded this blog to a premium account so I was a little worried. Your book was a terrific read and I hope you liked my review which I think pierced a little deeper into the correlation with modern issues than some of the other reviews. I thought some prospective readers might like that aspect of your story.

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      1. I’m glad that the reply function is working. It was probably my wonky WP. It’s been acting up lately. And yes, your review drew some paralells that other reviews hadn’t. I think there are some universal human behaviors that are interesting to explore in fantasy with what-if questions. It’s one of the things I like about the genre. Thank you so much for putting such thought into your post. Hugs.


  2. First of all you are so right about Robbie Diana. She does it all and so well at that. I love her inspiration on all fronts and she is kind and thoughtful as well.
    As for her review she hit it out of the park.
    I’m not sure I told you that my friend was working on a book about Aster and got very far with a publisher and all and it has such a similar style and story. Is this a story that has a past history in time? It was captivating as well. I’m going to have to buy it for her. It is a gripping story and Robbie did such a great job with it. Tell you the truth, it’s hard to keep everyone straight but the dead confuses me.. lol 🙃.
    Great job!!!

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    1. Robbie’s a powerhouse, Cindy. I’m so glad you could relate to my introduction to her blog and books. She also writes wonderful reviews, and for that and her kindness, I’m thrilled. You didn’t tell me about your friend’s book, but that’s so interesting! The book is a retelling of the Chinese legend of Kwan-yin, the goddess of mercy, but quite loosely, so I doubt that would be the reason for any similarities. Thanks so much for stopping by this morning. Hugs, my friend.

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  3. Thanks so much for stopping by, Staci. I’m delighted to be hanging out with Robbie today. 🙂 The tour is still producing results though I suspect it will slow down eventually. I’m simply grateful to this wonderful community. ❤

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  4. I very much enjoyed reading your summary, Roberta, and the various subjects the writer speaks about in her book, such as different point of views in general or as far as religions are concerned or about hunger for power and greed. Many thanks also to Diana.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read Robbie’s review, Martina. In the book, I was making more direct connections to the witch trials of history (while also recognizing that the generalized biases of today tend to overlook the true nature of individuals). Mostly, the book is just an adventure and love story between a father and daughter. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

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    1. Well, you and Robbie rock too! Lol. I’ve had so much fun on this tour and my hosts have been amazing. I love the generosity of this community. Have a lovely day, my friend. You have some traveling coming up soon, I think. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Jacquie, and for checking out Robbie’s review. That’s so kind of you. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book. I spend a lot of time on those first few lines, so I’m glad they worked. ❤ Have a wonderful week, my friend, and Happy Writing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Robbie’s to check out herwonderful review, Jaya. I’m also amazed at how different readers pick up on different details. And how they’re impacted by different parts of the story. Have a beautiful week, my friend. ❤

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    1. That was fast, Priscilla. I’m glad you’re having fun with the read. Robbie did a great job of sharing her thoughts about the book without giving much away. I’m so grateful for her review and your tantalizing comment. Enjoy the rest of the story! Happy Reading.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Miriam, and adding your wonderful comment to the mix. I hope that when you crack open the book you enjoy the story. And I’ll be over to cheer Robbie on. Have a beautiful day, my friend.

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    1. HI Lauren, I am so glad you also enjoy Diana’s books. My long standing favourite of her books is Sunwielder, that book really captivated my imagination and I often think of it. I have loved all of her books I’ve read so I am a Diana fantasy convertee – haha!

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    1. I’m amazed at the kindness of bloggers who are following most of the tour (I think they’re crazy too. Lol). I appreciated every visit and hope that’s obvious in all I do. Thanks for stopping by Robbie’s to add to the fun. Hugs.

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    1. You and Robbie write wonderful reviews, Debby. Such great insights into the book. Clearly, your efforts work to pull in a few new readers. I’ll never complain about that! Thanks for swinging by to add to the fun. Huge hugs. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Jude, for the visit to Robbie’s and for the lovely comment. I’d be tickled for sure if you gave the book a try. Thank you! And I’m having trouble connecting to your site. Did you change your URL? Don’t forget to update your link in your WP profile. 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  5. Nice review Roberta!
    This book tour seems quite the success to me. I’m just along for the ride.
    However, I have decided to start to read my copy over the Hallowe’en week. As a turtle reader, I should be done by Christmas. 🤣🙄 Kidding!

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      1. I’m sure she wrote a great book!
        At least maybe the book tour will be over, by the time I finish.
        I like doing reviews, but my style is on the odd side. At least I have dragons in my collection.
        Have a fab weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Robbie’s place, Resa, to read her review and leave such a wonderful comment. I hope the tour will be over by Christmas! Good heavens. I’d need to nap for a month! Lol. Enjoy the dragons. 😀 ❤

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