Hello everyone! Welcome to Colleen’s Coffee Klatch. Where I grew up, the Kaffee klatsch was all the rage. Folks (mostly women) would get together, share a cup of coffee, and catch up on their lives. Thanks so much for stopping by to share a cup of coffee and a chat. Every month, I like to reconnect with my favorite authors to catch up and see what’s new in their writing world.
This week I’m thrilled to introduce my friend & author & poet, 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.Amazon.com
Here you go, Diana. A little java to get us started. I can’t wait for you to share about your inspiration for The Necromancer’s Daughter.
Hi, Colleen. I’m delighted to visit with you today, and thanks for the latte! Yum. I brought some homemade Oregonberry muffins to share.
It’s the 2nd day of my big ol’ blog tour for The Necromancer’s Daughter, and I need the fuel. And thanks for asking about the book’s title and a bit about my inspiration.
I used to write a book from start to finish in about 6 months, but those days are long gone. This fantasy took me almost three times that. Life got busy, of course, but I also hope that I’m getting better at my craft, more deliberate maybe. We shall see when the book starts getting a little traction.
Some friends have asked me what a necromancer is, and what better time to clarify than at the beginning of the tour! According to dictionary.com a necromancer is “a person who uses witchcraft or sorcery, especially to reanimate dead people or to foretell the future by communicating with them.”
Necromancy? Did you channel Mary Shelley and her book Frankenstein?
The word “necromancy” dates back to the 3rd century AD. It’s been around a long time, and the desire to communicate with the dead continues today. Ouija Boards are a modern example, and some people make a very good living at channeling departed souls. Hopefully, no one is playing Dr. Frankenstein, but who knows?
In modern fantasy, most necromancers are evil and scary, involved in black magic and creating monsters. I love flipping stereotypes on their heads. So, my necromancer Barus is the sweetest, gentlest man around who resurrects the king’s dead infant and raises her as his own.
Naturally, not everyone in his world is happy about that. Especially when the king decides she’ll inherit the kingdom. Grown into a young woman, Aster is forced to flee her home to protect Barus and save her life. Thus, the adventure begins.
Here’s a bit more detail about the book from Amazon.com:
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.
From best-selling fantasy author D. Wallace Peach comes a retelling of the legend of Kwan-yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Set in a winter world of dragons, intrigue, and magic, The Necromancer’s Daughter is a story about duty, defiance, cruelty, and sacrifice—an epic tale of compassion and deep abiding love where good and evil aren’t what they seem.
Kwan-yin is my favorite goddess. I have a statue of her on my altar in my office.
Diana, thanks for stopping by to share some details about The Necromancer’s Daughter. I loved this book so much. My review follows below.
Thanks again for the latte, Colleen. I’m thrilled to have had this chance to chat and talk a little about necromancers and the book. And many thanks to your blog friends for stopping by. Happy Reading.
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My Review: The Necromancer’s Daughter
Aster starts life amongst the dead, taking her mother, the Queen of Verdane, along with her. The King is bereft. Barus, the necromancer, is a cripple, and he’s forced to attend the birth. He alone is the one person who could save this child, the heir to Verdane.
Yet, the King cannot deal with what it would mean to save his daughter’s life and raise her from the dead. So, he rejects the baby. Meanwhile, the necromancer has fallen in love with the ethereal infant. He hides her tiny body in his robes and escapes to his hut in the woods.
Using his mother Olma’s ancient grimoire, he breathes life back into Aster’s body and calls her his daughter. For the next nineteen years, the girl grows up and lives in the tiny hut with the necromancer.
Barus is patient and kind. He teaches her about the herbs and potions needed for healing. Aster learns to love all life, including the spectacular black and silver dragon who eats apples from her hand.
Each year, on the anniversary of her birth, Aster receives a visit from the King. By now, he knows Aster is his daughter. On her nineteenth birthday, the King finally talks to her, admitting she is his heir. This admission prompts his enemies to act, upending her life with the Necromancer. Can she save the life of the man she calls father?
Peach’s words flow from the page, painting emotional images in my head. Some of the imagery is poetic, which drew me deeper into the story. The characters are all multifaceted, so real, as they struggle to deal with what life tosses their way.
I’m a huge fan of D. Wallace Peach’s fantasy books. But this book touched something deep inside of me. Maybe it was because the protagonist was compassionate and kind. It could have been because I love stories that feature the eternal battle for good over evil, or even that I just connected with the characters on a deeper level. Or, it was the crystal panthers and the dragons that spirited me away to a land of magic and intrigue.
Even with the title of the book, I couldn’t have foreseen the ending. It blew me away! I loved this book so much, I’ll be purchasing the paperback for my collection.
So, here’s where I’m at… I have the worst book hangover I’ve had for a long time. I can’t get the characters out of my head. The fact the story was based on the Chinese myth of Kwan-yin makes this book even more memorable for me.
Now where did I put the Tylenol? Maybe I’ll just go read the book again… that will take care of this book hangover! Join me… grab your copy today.
D. Wallace Peach’s Media Connections
Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
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