The Necromancer’s Daughter – Book Review and Blog Tour Stop!

The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach

This is one of the most stunning covers, right? It perfectly suits the genre (fantasy) and is ethereal in its beauty.

I’ve got the author, D. Wallace Peach, here to tell you a little something about her latest, followed by my review:

Thanks for having me over to your blog, Martha! Today, I thought I’d share a snippet from Chapter 13 which introduces a couple of secondary characters who end up playing a pivotal role in the story. Aster has hitched a ride on their wagon:

Osran said little beyond a muttered instruction when the wagon demanded a push free of a rut or a deep drift. Unlike his father, Issah prattled for hours.

“There’s a wall running all along the border to keep the tribes from raiding our farms,” the boy said. “They get through anyway, and no one knows how. My cousin says they use ladders or ropes that they hide in the bushes, but I think they climb their giant trees and crawl along the branches and drop down. But then how would they get back over? So that wouldn’t work. I seen cutters a couple times at the outpost. They hang human bones on their walking sticks, and some of them don’t have any teeth. I think those ones might be five or four hundred years old. That’s why they’re so big. And they’re tricky too. There’s brothers of the Order who swear they use magic. My cousin says they turn into panthers the size of mules and leap the fence.”

“You’re telling tales,” Osran said. “What’s the rule?”

Issah shrugged. “No sense scaring anyone with stories that aren’t true when there’s enough true ones to make a person think twice.”



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:

Let me just say that I don’t usually read fantasy, but The Necromancer’s Daughter is one book that will stay with me for a very long time. Do you know what a necromancer is? It’s a person who uses witchcraft or sorcery to reanimate dead people or to foretell the future by communicating with them. That’s the definition. In this case, the Necromancer (and his daughter) are kind-hearted people who practice their craft for good.

What a meticulously crafted fantasy this is. As I stated, I’m not generally a reader of the genre, but wow, I’m so glad I opened this book. It was difficult to set aside, and I did endure a lack of sleep just to finish the next chapter (and the next…)

The author’s writing is absolutely exquisite. When we say authors paint pictures with words, this is what we mean. Spellbinding, gorgeous prose, and a storyline that will hook you early. Thank you, Diana, for allowing me into this world. It was quite the unforgettable adventure. I recommend The Necromancer’s Daughter for everyone.


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.


Now! Go get the book!






74 thoughts on “The Necromancer’s Daughter – Book Review and Blog Tour Stop!

  1. I’m about half way through TND and absolutely love it. I got up for coffee and decided to check blogs before I dive back into the story. I’m impressed with the style, the new twist on necromancy, so much to enjoy here.

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Craig. I think this is the first book of mine that you’ve read and I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying it. Honestly delighted. Thanks for stopping by Martha’s to share that. You made my day. 🙂

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  2. Diana’s cover is stunning and I loved your review of her wonderful book, Martha. And I agree in that she has probably converted many non-fantasy readers, me included. I couldn’t put her book down and it is definitely a favorite. Congrats again to Diana. ❤️

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    1. Good morning, Lauren. Thank you for stopping by Martha’s and for checking out her review. I’m honored that you’ve been cheering me on along the way. Have a wonderful Saturday, my friend. I hope you get to enjoy the last of October with some sunshine. Hugs.

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  3. Marty your book sounds wonderful and I can only imagine the front and back stories after just coming from my husbands reunion. He was 2 years behind so I knew most of his class. It was fun to see the camaraderie of the group. 10 % had already died and at 67 . Yikes! Loved your review of Diana’s book and I wasn’t sure what necromancer meant but my kids all did as Harry Potter is their favorite. Diana’s cover is stunning and the book is enthralling!! Nicely done!!💕

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    1. I’ve never been to a high school or college reunion, Cindy. I worry that I wouldn’t remember anyone and be so embarrassed! Martha’s book was a great read and showed how healing it can be for many. And Harry Potter readers would know what a necromancer is, for sure, though I think that one was evil, and I went in the opposite direction. Thanks for stopping by after your long travels. Have a great weekend.

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      1. That’s a good call as it’s truly hard to recognize anyone….. crazy. The good news is they had the pictures on the name tags from when they were young.
        Her book does sound amazing and I’m sure very healing.
        Oh that’s good to know. I’m still admiring the cover but my goal it to actually read it but my daughter is over the moon and it will be a good surprise that necromancer is a good guy.
        I should keep up with them truly.
        Oh my pleasure. ❤️

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  4. -grin- Diana Peach has converted many of us over to fantasy. My first love – scifi – is still a teensy bit ahead, but Diana has shown how wonderful /good/ fantasy can be, and The Necromancer’s Daughter is a brilliant example of the genre. Great review too. 🙂

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    1. Awww. Thanks for dropping by, Andrea. Happy to create converts, always. Martha wrote a wonderful review, and I’m feeling pretty dang spoiled by my hosts! Have a wonderful weekend… which you already are since for you it’s Saturday. I think I’m getting this time thing down finally. Hehe. And you’ll be pleased to know that I pestered Amazon today about their new algorithms. 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen that comment several times now – I don’t usually read fantasy – and I’m coming to the conclusion that Diana Wallace Peach is converting many of us into fantasy fans, myself included. What’s not to like in these amazing books she writes, especially this one?! I loved it, and hope she writes dozens more. A pure joy to read!

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    1. Thanks, Anneli, it’s not my mission in life, but I’m happy with the result. Lol. I’m so glad that the story is speaking to others in a way that they enjoy regardless of the genre. I like to write human stories and it’s wonderful to hear that it comes across. Thanks for stopping by Martha’s, my friend. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  6. Loved this book. Wonderful review you wrote. I heard ‘Necromancer’ on TV the other day and I wouldn’t haven known what it meant if not for this book!

    BTW, Diana as usual gives as much as she gets. Her review of your book, Bits of Glass, makes me wonder why I haven’t read it, and the comic is spot on!

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui. I took the typical necromancer in another direction, but it’s a dark fantasy favorite. And I’m so glad you enjoyed my review of Martha’s book. It was the first of hers I’ve read and I’ve since read and reviewed another. Wonderful writing. And the comic… ha ha. That’s definitely me. Happy Weekend, my friend.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by Martha’s blog, Bonnie. Thanks for the kind comment regarding the cover. I’m so happy with the way this one came out. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead. And Happy Reading whatever comes your way. 🙂


  7. Hi Martha – it was great to read about you on Diana’s blog and great to see Diana over here! Congratulations, Diana on The Necromancer’s Daughter and thank you for introducing me to Martha. Just followed you, Martha. Looking forward to your posts 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you and Martha connected, Barb. That’s what I hoped would happen as I constructed this tour. And thanks for the congrats. The book wouldn’t be doing so well without the support of this lovely bunch of bloggers. I’m grateful beyond words. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend! Hugs.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Martha’s, Colleen. You’re so kind for following the tour through to my hosts’ blogs. Like you, they’re wonderfully supportive and generous with their time and space. I just love this community. Have a lovely Friday and weekend! Happy Reading.

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  8. Good morning, Martha. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here and so thankful for your beautiful review. I’m trying to convert everyone into fantasy readers, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the story even though it isn’t your go-to. What a treat. 😀 I’m looking forward to spending the day with you. Hugs.

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