It’s been a busy week with my mom’s birthday and a surprise visit from some family members, so I’m going to jump right into reviews for two page-turning reads you won’t want to miss.
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D. Wallace Peach is on my list of auto-buy authors, but I have to admit I wasn’t sure about the premise for her latest creation, The Necromancer’s Daughter, about a healer who can bring people back to life. That is until I opened this immersive fantasy and lost myself in a story filled with dragons, power-hungry zealots, a love worth dying for, and a lovable anti-hero who needs a book of his own (hint, hint).
When the king’s wife is hemorrhaging upon the birth of her stillborn daughter, the healer Barus is brought in to save the child but it’s too late and the king is counseled to let them go.
Barus is enchanted by the ethereal baby and sneaks her out of the castle and back to his dilapidated cabin where he breathes life into her body, naming her Aster for the flowers that cover the fields.
Aster grows up aware of her second chance at life but not who her true parents were until her eighteenth year when everything she’s known changes and her life is thrown into turmoil.
There are layers of betrayal, loyalty, love & war in this story that glued my attention to the pages. The author has a beautiful, lyrical way with words I admire so much. A couple of my favorite lines illustrate this perfectly.
If you haven’t tried this talented writer’s work yet, I urge you to do so soon- you won’t regret it.
Reporter Aiden Hale is given the society event of the year to follow, a séance at the infamous Chatham Manor- too bad he’s not interested. His family has a long, complicated history with Chatham Hollow’s founding father, and though Aiden’s grandmother purports an ability to call up spirits, he is not a believer and thinks it’s all a waste of time.
A research team is planning to film the entire fiasco, hoping to learn the secret to a decades-old mystery of the hidden treasure that disappeared upon Ward Chatham’s death. No one could have envisioned the terror they are about to unleash on the town.
This story opens with a complex cast of characters who have their own agendas for attending the Founder’s Day celebration planned for Chatham Hollow, some with revenge on their minds.
One of my favorites is Aiden’s eccentric grandma who drugs him ‘for his own good’ on our introduction to her.
Written in two timelines by the talented team of Clair & Troilo, the story moves along seamlessly at a fast pace, with plenty of twists and unexpected discoveries that make this an easy five-star, recommended read.
The roses are putting on a nice fall show.