A healer with the talent to unravel death. A stillborn child brought to life. 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.
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, breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she, too, learns to heal death.
Denied a living heir, the widowed king spies from a distance. But he heeds the claims of the fiery Vicar of the Red Order—in the eyes of the Blessed One, Aster is an abomination, and to embrace the evil of resurrection will doom his rule.
As the king’s life nears its end, he defies the vicar’s warning and summons the necromancer’s daughter. For his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade. Armed with righteousness and iron-clad conviction, the Order’s brothers ride into the leas to cleanse the land of evil.
To save her father’s life, Aster leads them beyond Verdane’s wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a wilderness of dragons and barbarian tribes. Unprepared for a world rife with danger and unchecked power, 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.
I took my time reading this book, wanting to savour every word and emotion.
I was not disappointed.
The first intriguing chapters ensured that I would be enchanted until the end. Gone are the days when I could immerse myself in a book, forgetting all else until the end, but this story resisted being put down. The magic drew me in and would not let me leave.
The tension gradually increased until my nerves stretched to breaking point (I am desperately trying to avoid spoilers here), but by the end, I was sobbing like a baby.
A truly inspiring fantasy made real by such wonderful characters.
Definitely, one I will be reading again!
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 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.
For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind-the-scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.
For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.
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The Ferryman and the Sea Witch
The Sorcerer’s Garden
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris
Unraveling the Veil Series:
Liars and Thieves
Allies and Spies
Lords of Chaos
The Shattered Sea Duology:
Soul Swallowers, Book I
Legacy of Souls, Book II
The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV
The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV
Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale