Happy first Tuesday of October. Time for another book review. I’m a bit amazed that my reading has actually slowed since retirement, so I didn’t post a review last week. Today’s is for a book written by friend, fellow author, and Story Empire contributor, D. Wallace Peace.
I haven’t read a lot of fantasy in the last few years, but this one had me spellbound.
I love books with vivid descriptions and imagery. I also love character-driven fiction. The Necromancer’s Daughter gives both. From the opening paragraph to the final line, I was immersed in the pages of this book.
Barus is a healer and necromancer who is summoned by the King of Verdane when the queen is having complications with childbirth. Despite this, both the queen and the child die. Barus takes the infant’s body back to his lowly cottage, breaths life back into her, and raises her as his own.
Nineteen years later, she discovers the identity of her birth father, and he wants to take her back to the castle as heir to the throne. But members of the Red Order don’t want this to happen. The king’s entourage is attacked, he is killed, and Aster flees for her life.
What follows is a journey to the country of Blackrock to seek help from her birth mother’s family. Accompanied by two unlikely companions—Joreh son of the Vicar of the Red Order, and Teko, a cutter from a neighboring country.
The book has plenty of conflict, betrayal, devotion, and love all woven together into a beautifully written story. A resounding five stars.
Not since Tolkein have I been so caught up in a world of fantasy. I highly recommend this one!