Two #Fantasy #Bookreviews from master worldbuilding #Authors @DWallacePeach @WordDreams


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Well, we just came through a gigantic windstorm where our airport registered 106 km gusts- the highest ever recorded at this time of the year- and now we’re under a winter storm warning! WTH?

We spent Saturday building a 3×5 greenhouse I ordered from Costco to protect our Washington orange, a Lime, and a Loquat from the rain and cooler temps.

This week I had the chance to read books by two of my favorite fantasy authors, so let’s dive into their reviews.

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Sent by the queen to broker a lasting peace, Gannon proposes a risky strategy—to win the battle for the Far Wolds, Whitt and the people he loves must lose the war.

The third segment in The Rose Shield series opens with a political debate on the collapsing peace in the Far Wolds, pressure from the Cull Tarr Shiplord for a bond with the Ellegean queen, and Catling’s growing dissatisfaction with her life of servitude.

When an attempt is made to kidnap Catling’s daughter, Rose, she is forced to give her into the care of Raker and the river folk. The loss too much to bear, she returns to Markim-Ava and the Poisoner’s Hall to fill in the distorted birthmark around her eye. It’s not long before she learns the change has given her a new- and deadly- power.

Whitt has troubles of his own now that he’s been promoted to lieutenant.

Whitt accepted the badge. “Thank you. I’ll make you proud.”
“Make yourself proud, Whitt. You’re the one who has to live with you.”

Peach, D. Wallace. Farlanders’ Law (The Rose Shield Book 3) (p. 5). D. Wallace Peach. Kindle Edition.

He is tasked with accompanying the queen’s consort, Gannon, to Tor and High Ward’s encroachment into the Farlander’s territory- threatening the Founders treaty between their people.

The justice refocused his attention on the queen and began with an outline of High Ward Antoris’s vision of the Far Wolds as a lucrative extension of Ellegeance dominance, with Tor as its center of governance and commerce.
“A gateway city to the realm proper. We are rich in natural resources, land, fortitude, and ambition.”
“And the Farlanders stand in our way,” the queen said.
“Precisely.” Narl smiled,

Peach, D. Wallace. Farlanders’ Law (The Rose Shield Book 3) (p. 123). D. Wallace Peach. Kindle Edition.

Fighting erupts forcing Whitt to choose between his oath and the tribe he’s come to care for.

This is an emotionally taut foray into political ambitions, impossible decisions, and the honor of man. While best read from the start, the power of this author’s characterizations will draw you in at any point in the series.

Can’t wait for book 4!


In this final book of the trilogy, Lucy and her tribe leave their good home to rescue captured tribemembers who are in grave danger.

Lucy is back!

Lucy and her new eclectic tribe are on a search for her former tribemates, captured and in danger by Man-Who-Preys.

Faced with a harsh environment, deadly creatures, and warring tribes, Lucy finds an inner core of strength and determination to keep her pack safe while dealing with increasingly painful headaches. Along the way, she learns new methods of communication from a half-blind boy-man she knew as a child. The skills each brings to the group are crucial. They must all work together to defeat their enemies or perish.

The research into edible and healing plants, topography, prey, grooming, and natural disasters adds realism to this prehistoric series, making it unputdownable.

Well done, Ms. Murray!

My takeaway from these fantastic novels is that if we want to survive- and thrive- we must accept our differences, open our hearts and minds to the wisdom we can gain from other cultures, and cherish the land from which we get our sustanance.


Remembrance Day, November 11, is set aside to honor our soldiers who gave their lives to serve our country.

This is a photo of Uncle Joe and his wife, Aunt Marion (my grandmother’s sister). It was taken on my great-grandmother’s homestead in 1939, just before he left to do his duty. Thankfully, he came home to his family.

Uncle Joe and Aunt Marion- 1939 approx

114 Comments Add yours

  1. Great reviews. We’ve had a tremendously wet and windy couple of weeks here. Congrats to Diana and Jacqui! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jacquie. Have a wonderful week 💕🙂

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    1. Hope you get the heating situation sorted in your country, Harmony. It must be stressful with winter just around the bend. {{hugs}}

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    2. Thank you, Harmony!

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    3. Thanks so much, Harmony. ❤

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  2. Staci Troilo says:

    Crazy weather everywhere. I’m glad you got the greenhouse built and everyone is safe. Thanks for sharing these reviews. Sounds like two winners!

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    1. Both are excellent series, Staci. These storms always seem to happen at night, adding to the fright factor, lol

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    2. It’s drizzly here, in California. Supposed to rain later. We’ll see! Thanks for the good words, Staci!

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      1. We need the rain. Droughts are so rough on the land.

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    3. Thanks so much, Staci. Jacquie’s a star.

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  3. Jan Sikes says:

    Wonderful reviews, Jacquie! Congrats to Diana and Jacqui. Glad you survived the crazy weather – especially in an RV. That had to be a bit scary. Thanks for sharing today and have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Both books are must-reads.
      Our 5th wheel is a big one, but we still felt a few gusts. I worried more about the towering trees going over to give us an instant sunroof!

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    2. Today’s been a bit crazy for me, with both kids visiting and our early Thanksgiving this evening. Thanks for making my day!

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      1. That’s wonderful! Enjoy your family time ((hugs))

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  4. Those are some great reviews and I love the photograph.

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    1. Thanks, Craig. We spent a lot of time with my aunt & uncle as kids. They were the best ❤

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    2. I agree, Craig! And loved Jacquie’s review of Diana’s book.

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    3. Thanks so much for stopping by Jacquie’s, Craig. 🙂

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    The weather is definitely crazy. We went straight into winter and early snow here. I hear the winds are coming too. You gave me an idea for my green house by adding some lemons to it. Great reviews. I’m eager to continue Diana’s series and just finished Jacqui’s great series! Great photo too. Xo

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    1. I heard the west coast is going to see a stormy winter season this year, but they didn’t need to be so literal about it, lol.
      The lemon will hold its leaves to -5 but not the fruit. I’m hoping this will make a difference.

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    2. Every time winter starts, I decide I love summer more–until that returns! There is beauty to the crisp coolness of Fall and Winter!

      Thanks for the kind words about my series!

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      1. As long as you don’t need to drive in a blizzard, lol

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    3. Thanks so much, Denise. The west coast is getting some dramatic weather from CA to BC it seems. 🙂

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      1. It’s to make us appreciate the good weather more, lol

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        1. I like the slide into winter, Jacquie, but it sounds like you had a little too much of that! I’m glad you all came through with flying colors and enjoy your greenhouse!

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  6. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Wonderful reviews, Jacquie. Thank you for sharing. BTW, we had a surprise snow storm a few days ago, along with strong winds. Crazy, right? I love the photo of your aunt and uncle … precious! ❤️

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    1. A snowstorm in the desert would be amazing! The poor critters would have been so confused, lol

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    2. Surprise snow storm–I hope the winter clothes were unpacked!

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      1. We don’t own any, lol. We gave our parkas away when we moved to the coast 🙂

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    3. Thanks for the kind comment on the reviews, Gwen. Hugs.

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  7. Darlene says:

    Great reviews. Thanks. I hope you didn’t have much damage from the storms.

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    1. We came through okay, but a lot of trees came down. There were thousands without power. Did your daughter make out without too much damage?

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      1. Darlene says:

        When I read this post, I sent her a message but haven’t heard back yet. Thanks for your concern.

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        1. I know some of the smaller islands take a bit longer to get their power restored. Don’t worry, I’m sure she’s fine ((hugs))

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    2. Jacquie does a wonderful job with reviews. I love reading her descriptions of my books.

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    3. Thanks for checking out Jacquie’s reviews, Darlene. I’m delighted to share the post with Jacqui and her amazing book. 🙂

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  8. What a wonderful takeaway from these novels, Jacquie. Oh, the wind storm sounds terrible. I can’t rest easy until the winds calm down. The photo of Uncle Joe and his wife is sweet.

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    1. Jacquie wrote a couple of wonderful reviews, Mary. Thanks for checking them out!

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      1. They are wonderful, Diana. Congratulations to you and Jacqui.

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        1. Thanks, Mary. Hugs.

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    2. Some have considered my books fantasy, so to put it with Diana kind of makes that comparison. I love it.

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      1. Even though it’s based in reality, I linked it to fantasy because you had to create Lucy’s world and her tribemates.
        I’m awed by the work that goes into storylines like these- so much harder than my contemporaries, lol

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    3. The storms seem to arrive after nightfall, which adds to the nerves, lol.
      I can easily see either of these series on the big screen, they’d be epic!

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  9. Mae Clair says:

    Congratulations to Diana and Jacqui on the excellent reviews!

    Your windstorm sounds very scary, Jacquie.

    I loved the photo of your Uncle Joe and his wife. I’m so glad he made it safely back home to his family!

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment on Jacquie’s review, Mae. It was a great surprise. Hugs.

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    2. That is a wonderful picture. Those old photos said so much more than our current snapshots.

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      1. There’s a depth to them that digital can’t hope to copy. Thank you, Jacqui ❤

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      2. Mae Clair says:

        I so agree with that!

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    3. I love reading these authors’ books!
      I remember going berry picking with Aunt Marion every autumn. We got a kick out of watching her fall asleep mid-sentence, then wake a few minutes later and carry on with whatever she’d been saying as though nothing happened!

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  10. Beem Weeks says:

    Glad you survived the winds, Jacquie. Stay safe. Congratulations to Diana and Jacqui.

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    1. Thanks so much, Beem. I’m delighted with Jacquie’s review and happy to share the post with Jacqui and her amazing book!

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    2. Thank you, Beem. It’s an adventure in an RV, that’s for sure!

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  11. Hi Jacquie, I hope the winds don’t mean an unusually cold winter ahead. Both of these reviews are lovely. Two excellent authors.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie, for the wonderful boost for both books. Hugs.

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Robbie. I loved this review–and Diana’s!

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      1. Both thoughtful reviews, Jacqui.

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    3. That’s what I’m wondering. The bees seemed to go into hiding early this year. Let’s hope we’re wrong!
      Diana and Jacqui are the best at what they write- auto buys, for sure.

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  12. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    Natural Selection reminds me of Jean M Auel series Jacquie!

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    1. It’s a great read, Sophie. The whole series is mesmerizing.

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      1. A wonderful recommendation, Diana, thanks!

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    2. Thanks, Sophie. I think Jean Auel and I shared a similar goal to remind modern man of our amazing roots.

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    3. A wonderful compliment, Sophie, and you’re right!

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  13. Love your remembrance photo.
    You picked two winners in the book category:)

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Jacquie’s review was a splendid surprise. Hugs.

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    2. Thanks, Sandra! I’m in good company.

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    3. Thanks, Sandra. I think so, too 🙂

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  14. Super reviews, Jacquie. Congratulations to Diana and Jacqui

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    1. Thanks for the kind congrats, John. I’m delighted to be here with Jacqui today.

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    2. Thanks, John! I appreciate it.

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    3. Both are so talented!

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  15. Kymber Hawke says:

    That wind storm was something else! Great reviews, Jacquie! I can’t wait to read these. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Kymber. It was a lovely surprise to find Jacquie’s amazing reviews today. Hugs.

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    2. Thank you for dropping by, Kymber!

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    3. Mother Nature’s way of saying she’s the boss, lol. Both series are great choices, Kymber. Thanks for dropping by!

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  16. Thanks so much for the review, Jacquie. What an unexpected threat. I always think of this book as Whitt’s and loved featuring him. He’s a great guy for all he endures. Thank you so much for reading. I’m honored and grateful. And a wonderful review of Jacqui’s latest. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series.
    Stay safe and warm as winter is starting to make its presence known!

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    1. Oh my gosh. I just reread my comment. “Unexpected threat!” Lol. I meant TREAT! Yeesh. It’s been one of those days!

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      1. I actually read it to refer to the many ‘unexpected threats’ Lucy and her tribe faced. That works well!

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        1. Lol. I was mortified when I saw it.
          Dang typos!

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      2. Lol, where’s autocorrect when you need it? 🙂

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        1. I know. Autocorrect usually works against me… I could have used it this time. Lol

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    2. I have to admit I was a bit heartsick for Catling when she learned of Whitt’s bonding. I hope she gets her HEA in book 4.

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      1. I feel for her too, Jacquie. She loses so much. As far as book 4, I’m not tellin’. Hehe.

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  17. Great reviews, Jacquie! Congratulations to Jacqui and Diana!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Jacquie’s, Jill. I’m thrilled with her review and so pleased to share the post with our buddy, Jacqui. Have a wonderful week. ❤

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    2. Thank you, Jill. Jacquie brightened up an otherwise gloomy, misty day!

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    3. Thank you, Jill. Both are excellent reading choices.

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  18. Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I love how you summed up my book, Jacquie. You hit all the important points.

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    1. I try not to give away too much of the story. I want readers to be so tempted they can’t resist picking up the book 🙂

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  19. petespringerauthor says:

    Two outstanding authors—ones I have great respect for.

    Wacky and wild weather for sure, Jacquie. The script suddenly flipped in the last month.

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out Jacquie’s amazing review, Pete. I’m thrilled and delighted to be here with Jacqui.

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      1. I’m impressed you get our names straight, lol

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    2. That’s what we get for bragging about our lovely west coast weather, lol.
      Diana and Jacqui are the best at creating outstanding settings designed to draw their readers into the worlds they’ve so intricately created- masterful.

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  20. I love that old photo. Thanks for these insightful reviews, Jacquie. Congrats to Diana and Jacqui. Hugs all around.

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    1. Thanks, Teagan! I am so thrilled to finish this trilogy.

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      1. It’s a big accomplishment. I know how important it feels to finish a series.

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    2. Thank you, Teagan. Old family photos can be so heart-warming 🙂

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    3. Thanks for checking out Jacquie’s reviews, Teagan. It was a wonderful surprise and so fun to share the post with Jacqui. Happy Weekend, my friend. ❤

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  21. markbierman says:

    I’m so glad that your Uncle came back from the war; we owe our freedoms to heroes like him. On another note, I want to congratulate Jacqui and Diana on these great reviews! Both of them are skilled in their craft and I look forward to diving into these reads. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie. Stay safe with the crazy weather you’re having over there.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment about Jacquie’s reviews, Mark. She does a beautiful job of sharing her thoughts and wrapping her review posts in news about life. Happy Reading!

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    2. I’m glad I tempted you into these wonderful stories, Mark, you’ll love them!
      The wind is gone, and the sun is shining-much better 🙂

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    3. Thank you, Mark! Sorry to be so late getting back to you!

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      1. markbierman says:

        No apologies needed, Jacqui. Life get’s busy.

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  22. Toni Pike says:

    Fantastic reviews for two of the greatest world-builders ever, Jacquie. Toni x

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