I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.
Delighted to share my review from September 2020 for the first in a great series by Diana Wallace Peach, Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1)
About the book
Behind the Veil, the hordes of Chaos gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.
Three unlikely allies stand in his way.
A misfit elf plagued by failure—When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.
A changeling who betrays his home—Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.
A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.
When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.
Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.
My review for the book 19th September 2020
I have to say that fantasy is not a genre that I have read in recent years, but based on reading the excerpts and the reviews shared during the author’s book launch, I was intrigued to read the book in its entirety. I was certainly not disappointed, as the world building was exceptional, and the characters, from the three main protagonists to the minor players within the three cultural factions, were excellently portrayed.
Whilst this land that Elves, Goblins and Changelings inhabit is imagined, it has parallels to our own world with political wrangling between nations all seeking precious resources, especially those not abundant in their own territory. Governing bodies have their own agendas, and behind the scenes manipulation of the facts is driven by secrecy and greed, whilst more moderate voices are struggling to be heard.
The story unfolds as each of the main characters runs the gauntlet of events orchestrated by a hidden power that fractures the earth and the fragile peace that exists between the three groups. Through a series of unintentional encounters, they cross into forbidden territory, and are exposed to each other’s innate skills as they form an uneasy alliance to survive. As unrest and distrust between the groups grows, and their world teeters on the edge of war, that alliance is tested to the extreme.
I thoroughly enjoyed this page turning introduction to this series and meeting the three outcasts Elanalue, Talin and Naj’ar. I can highly recommend that you enter it too. The author has left us on the brink of what promises to be a very exciting next book as the three of them seek the truth about what is happening beyond the Veil.
A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach
About Diana Wallace Peach
I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed my life.
I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem untethered in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review for Liars and Thieves, and will head over to buy the book.. thanks Sally.