The Necromancer's Daughter

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In a land divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, Barus, a necromancer, breathes life into the queen’s stillborn infant. He raises her as his daughter until the day the dying king summons his only heir and falls to an assassin’s blade. To save her father Barus and her own life, Aster must flee. Only one man offers her aid. But can she trust her enemy’s son? More
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About D. Wallace Peach

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon's rainforest with her husband, two dogs, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes

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Audrey Driscoll reviewed on Aug. 31, 2022

In the Acknowledgements at the beginning of this book, the author says this book was written in response to a challenge "to write a book with one beautiful character, not someone physically stunning, but someone with a beautiful heart, a truly good person."
There are two such people in this book--Aster, the necromancer's daughter, and Barus, the necromancer. Their father-daughter relationship is shown beautifully here, along with much else.
As always, Peach's prose is vivid and poetic. Her descriptions of landscapes, skies, and weather are fulsome and gorgeous. Fear and flight from peril are rendered equally well, such that I felt Aster's terror at being pursued, the rough terrain she flees through, and the snow, cold, and mud that hinder her.
The fictional world is realistic, except it includes dragons. Aster has a special relationship with them, but they are also deployed as aerial threats by one group of humans in the story. Another delightful element is the references to plants used by Barus and Aster in preparing both healing medicines and the poisonous substances used in necromancy. Ambivalence about this practice runs throughout the book. Some see it as a natural extension of healing, but others regard it as evil and justification for hanging any who practice it.
This is a dramatic and compelling read, as scenes of narrow escapes and deadly threats follow one another in quick succession. Reminders of the beauties of the world and the sweetness of Aster's life with her father add poignancy and colour the ending of the story. I recommend this book to almost anyone, but especially readers who appreciate thoughtful and dramatic fantasy.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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