I am elated to host best-selling author Diana Wallace Peach today. Her newly released fantasy, The Necromancer's Daughter, has garnered over 35 5-star reviews, and that includes my own.
She is a prolific and disciplined writer, with 20 books and 5 anthologies, and a multitude of breathtaking poems. She lives in Oregon's rainforest in a log cabin. Is it any wonder that she writes fantasy?
Please join me in welcoming Diana with a big CONGRATULATIONS!
Thanks, Gwen, for having me over to your beautiful blog.
You write lovely poetry, so I decided to write a poem for the post today. In the past, I’ve tried to pen a poem that summarizes the theme of a book or encapsulates the core of its plot or the message I wish to convey or the question a story poses.
This poem is about the questions underlying my characters’ choices and the answer they discover at the end.
I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again for welcoming me to your blog and introducing me to your visitors. Happy Reading!
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.
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