#BookReview- Allies and Spies by @DWallacePeach #Fantasy #Reading


Allies and Spies

by D. Wallace Peach

Blurb from Amazon

Trust is as thin as a blade’s edge. Secrets abound. And no one is who they seem. Kalann il Drakk, the First of Chaos, makes a bargain with his brethren, in which the future of civilization hangs in the balance.

Thrust together by a sacred oath, a halfbreed goblin, a misfit elf, and a changeling spy unite in an uneasy alliance. But their mission to learn the truth of the strange disappearances must wait—for they owe a blood debt to the changeling queen.

In the Raveen Mountains, the cornerstones of Naj’s life crumble. Goblins assemble a massive shipment of crystals for the Borderland—enough to power Ka Radiff for a decade or, with a single spark, blow it apart.

In the elfin Riverlands, Alue learns of the clandestine Coalition. Rumors whisper of a vast conspiracy. But that knowledge pales in comparison to a startling revelation that shatters the foundation of her life.

When a dead goblin turns up on the slopes beneath the Veil, Talin has no choice but to admit to changeling crimes. The tenuous alliance falters. Treachery runs deep and wide. And in the changelings’ jungle, the queen releases her venom. The ground fractures. And only the truth about il Drakk’s cruel designs has the power to spare their lives.

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About the Author

Biography

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, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

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My Review

Alliances unravel and suspicion runs rampant in the second installment of this sweeping fantasy saga by D. Wallace Peach!

Allies and Spies picks up the story of three unlikely heroes bent on uncovering the truth behind a series of strange earth tremors and the sudden disappearance of people from all of the clans.

Alue, the female elf in their mismatched group, has been demoted from her position in the elfin army and now must prove herself to a father who seems to have turned his back on her. She is forced to seek the truth with the changeling spy who’d betrayed her trust and a half-breed goblin who resents his elfin side.

The changeling spy, Talin, is banished by his queen until he produces a blood debt of 100 goblin crystals for saving Alue and Raj from certain death by teaching them the secrets of his people. At the same time, he is made to swear upon an oath by the goblin elders to work with Alue and Naj to find out what s happening to their people when all he wants is to go back to his life as a swindler and spy.

Naj’ar is a proud warrior goblin, but even he is helpless against the strange occurrences happening with seeming random frequency between all the tribes. When his wife, Pree, is taken in one of the disturbances Naj is at first heartbroken, then determined to find out what happened to her.

Goblins blame elves, who blame changelings, who blame goblins in a vicious circle without proof. Can three unlikely companions find the truth and save their race from extinction?

The mystery grows in this, the second book in the Unraveling the Veil series. Peach does an amazing job with worldbuilding, scene setting, and character growth. It’s impossible not to get swept away by the beautiful writing style of this author.

Favorite Lines

Lies are little knives that whittle away at everyone around them.

— Peach, D. Wallace; Peach, D. Wallace. Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2)

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“A vicious scar marked the fire’s path through the Raveen, and the land smoldered. Phantoms of smoke exhaled from the blackened ground, and embers gleamed beneath fallen limbs like the eyes of demons.”

— Peach, D. Wallace; Peach, D. Wallace. Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2)

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“We shape ourselves to fit a particular mold even if it pinches. Then we berate ourselves when we burst the seams. The pity is that each of us is perfectly unique and worthy of our place in the world, regardless of appearances.”

— Peach, D. Wallace; Peach, D. Wallace. Allies and Spies (Unraveling the Veil Book 2)

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Allies and Spies is a thrilling, page-turning read that will leave you wanting more, which works because book 3, Lords of Chaos, is available now!