Blog Tour Stop: The Necromancer’s Daughter

I am delighted to host a stop on Diana Peach’s blog tour for her latest/upcoming release, The Necromancer’s Daughter.

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The Blurb (Sure to Tempt the Fantasy Reader)

A healer and dabbler in the dark arts of life and death, Barus is as gnarled as an ancient tree. Forgotten in the chaos of the dying queen’s chamber, he spirits away her stillborn infant, and in a hovel at the meadow’s edge, he breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she learns to heal death.

Then the day arrives when the widowed king, his own life nearing its end, defies the Red Order’s warning. He summons the necromancer’s daughter, his only heir, and for his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade.

While Barus hides from the Order’s soldiers, Aster leads their masters beyond the wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a land of dragons and barbarian tribes. She seeks her mother’s people, the powerful rulers of Blackrock, uncertain whether she will find sanctuary or face a gallows’ noose.

Unprepared for a world rife with danger, a world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, she must choose whether to trust the one man offering her aid, the one man most likely to betray her—her enemy’s son.

A healer with the talent to unravel death, a child reborn, a father lusting for vengeance, and a son torn between justice, faith, and love. Caught in a chase spanning kingdoms, each must decide the nature of good and evil, the lengths they will go to survive, and what they are willing to lose.

The Bonus (Just for Liz’s Readers)

Thanks for having me over today, Liz. There are two poems in The Necromancer’s Daughter, and I thought I’d share one of them here. They’re incantations that summon and animate the dead. This is the first one, which my character speaks in error with terrible results. I hope you can feel the menace.

If the nightman slays
mortals plundered out of time
their wraiths wend the lea
where death dwells they know not well
veiled trails of sorrow
lulled by black and silent winds
scoured of flesh and fur
shadow and light extinguished
devoured by eternity.

Heed my spell, be warned
of wayward fiends and demons
rise with tooth and claw
the killed becomes the killer
souls reborn as feral things.

I hope that was creepy. The poem is based on a syllabic form called the choka, a “storytelling form of Japanese poetry from the 1st to the 13th century.” The syllable count for the main stanza is 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7. A choka is often followed by a shorter poem called an “envoy,” in this case a tanka. The complete rules for this syllabic form are available on Colleen Chesebro’s blog:

The Author

Diana Peach

A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Connect with D. Wallace Peach

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230 thoughts on “Blog Tour Stop: The Necromancer’s Daughter

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Liz, and for sharing my new book! I’m delighted to be here and so happy to give a sneak peek at that creepy poem from the book. Lol. I enjoy adding a bit of poetry to my stories and this one was fun to write. I’m all smiles this morning. Hugs.

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  2. Thank you, Liz, for featuring Diana and The Necromancer’s Daughter. I’m enjoying it very much. What a poem! The last two lines are chilling. Congratulations, Diana, on your new book and your masterful writing!

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Goff, and for the reblog. That was wonderfully kind of you. A deliciously creepy poem is just what I was going for. It’s a disaster for the character as the results are the opposite of what she wanted. 😀 Thanks for dropping by Liz’s blog and have a great day.

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  3. Delightfully creepy poem, Diana, and guess what? I finished this book last night! What an ending!! Honestly, though, I hated to say goodbye to these characters. They were beautifully wrought, filled with both heart-felt admirable qualities and your basic human frailties, as well. I now want to get my review put together, and hope to do that later today or tomorrow morning. Rest assured the Star Factor will be high!

    Thanks for hosting Diana today, Liz. Wonderful post for a wonderful book and author! Again wishing you many, many, MANY sales, Diana. You’ve earned them! 🤗❤️🤗

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    1. Yay. Thank you, Marcia. I hope you didn’t have to stay up too late! I’m thrilled that the ending worked and satisfied your expectations. Grinning ear to ear. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Huge thanks, my friend, for your wonderful support and generous kindness. ❤

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      1. You thanked me plenty by writing such a wonderful book. I was lost in that world for hours, and enjoyed every minute of it, even the nail-biting ones! I still have a couple more of your earlier books on my TBR pile, and I really hope to find time to get to them and quite a few others before year’s end. I’ll be blogging a bit less, but reading a LOT more. (That’s the plan, anyway.) And who knows? I might even FINALLY find time to catch up on some reviews! It’s one of my goals for the months ahead, so here’s hoping! 😁

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        1. Your memory is better than mine, Marcia. I have to write reviews right away or I lose important things, like the characters’ names. Lol. I’m glad to hear that you have more time for reading ahead. That’s wonderful. Enjoy!!

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          1. Don’t worry, Diana. I always have to have the book beside me for quick reference for names, etc. I know what I liked and what I didn’t, but I’d never be able to remember all the names involved. (I can’t remember the names of some of my OWN characters at times!! 😮😮😮)

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    1. Awww. Balroop. You’re going to make me tear up. What a kind thing to say. And I’m glad you enjoyed this bit of dark poetry. I had so much fun trying to make it work. Thanks for stopping by Liz’s and for the wonderful comment. Huge hugs. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, Colleen. You inspire me! And a poem-spell as a new form. Lol. I love that. The other one will be featured later in the tour. Thanks for your kind comment and for all you do to encourage us to write syllabic poetry. ❤ ❤ Hugs.

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      1. Thank you, Diana! I was also very inspired by how you changed from business to writing – and such imaginative writing! You’ve created a whole new world – wonderful!
        And thanks to Liz, for always hosting such interesting writers and poets – so much to discover!😊

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  4. Leave it to Diana to create something exquisitely beautiful and creepy at the same time, like that poem. Just superb!

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Necromancer’s Daughter and highly recommend it. The characters and the story linger longer after the final page is read.

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      1. Yes, and yours is indeed stylish, Diana. I especially like the frame around the title on the inside front page, and the Chapter heading font you chose. I can see you took time and thought in the design, and it definitely adds to my reading pleasure. Good luck with the rest of your tour! It’s been lively so far. 😀

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  5. Thanks Liz, you make the book sound great, and yes, that’s one heck of a spooky poem!
    I already own the book (bought on Kobo), and am chomping at the bit to read it.
    However, I have one more to read before I get to it! xx

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    1. Thanks so much for swinging by Liz’s blog, Resa. I’ve been having a busy day here, which is awesome. Glad you enjoyed the spooky poem too. Not one you want to use to raise the dead. Lol. Whenever you get to the book, I hope you enjoy it. No pressure at all, my friend. I’m just delighted that it’s waiting for you. ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Liz’s to take a peek at the book, Nora. It’s been wonderful chatting with her blogging buds. And I love my coyotes when they sing (to me) at night. It’s magical when they’re near. Have a beautiful day!


  6. “the killed becomes the killer, souls reborn as feral things.” How creepy is that! I love that you included poems in your fantasy, Diana! I read a novel full of poetry that came out of this nine-year-old nerd character. I enjoyed the poet side of the author. I always love your poetry and love to know you included your poetry in this book.

    Thank you for hosting Diana today, Liz. I love this post.

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    1. I needed incantations to raise the dead, Miriam, and they provided the perfect opportunities to include some poetry. This particular summons had terrible results. Eeek! I’m glad you found it creepy. That’s a good thing. Thanks so much for stopping by Liz’s, my friend. Hugs ❤ ❤

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      1. Sometimes poetry speaks more and conveys different mood than narration. I like what you did, Diana. I included a couple of poems in my memoir.
        It’s almost time to check in for my flight tomorrow. See you soon, my friend. 😍

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally. Happy Dance happening here! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the read and found it hard to put down. I’ve been having a wonderful tour with many cheers from this amazing community. Thanks for joining in, Huge hugs.

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    1. Thanks for swinging by Liz’s blog, Teri. I’m glad the poetry worked and seemed in keeping with the book’s tone. I can’t always find a way to include it, but what better way to summon the dead. Lol. Have a wonderful evening, my friend.

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  7. A creepy poem that is perfect for promoting “The Necromancer’s Daughter” You have portrayed Diana’s book perfectly, Liz a great post for Diana’s blog tour …I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn’t put it down…Highly recommended…x

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    1. Thanks, Steven. I do enjoy adding poetry to my books if there’s a place for it in the story. What better than a magical incantation? And it’s fun to go dark too… my imagination likes that. Lol. Have a great day, my friend. Happy Writing!

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  8. Diana has created a lot of buzz here with her new book. The cover is beautifully done: I’d say it’s elegant if the topic weren’t so creepy–ha! I like the idea of blending prose and poetry. Her release is coming at just the right season, Hallowe’en just around the corner. You are kind to showcase her here, Liz! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much for the fun comment, Marian. Necromancy is typically associated with horror and dark fantasy, but there’s nothing I enjoy better than turning those notions upside down and creating an unexpected plot. In many ways, the book is about kindness and love. This is definitely from a creepy scene though. Bwa ha ha ha. Have a wonderful day. ❤

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  9. Great day 6 for the book tour as I learned more about what I will find when I read this down
    and nice post Liz
    Also – had no idea Diana moved in a cabin – hahah – how did I not read her full bio until now??

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    1. I do live in a log cabin, Yvette, on a mountain in the rainforest. That’s where I gather a lot of my mossy wilderness descriptions for my books. Thanks so much for swinging by Liz’s place to read. If you decide to read the book, I hope you enjoy it. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop by Liz’s, Debby. You’re the best and I’m so appreciative of the support. The poem/incantation was meant to be chilling, so glad to hear it! And thanks so much for reading. I’m stoked. Ha ha. Have a wonderful weekend. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. You started my day with a huge smile. I’m so glad you enjoyed Liz’s post. She did a wonderful job pulling it together for me. Whenever you get to the book, I hope you find hours of entertainment within the pages. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Eilene. I didn’t even think about writing until I was 50. It’s never too late to be creative. Necromancers are typically evil characters in literature, but I wanted to turn that stereotype on its head, and mine is the sweetest person in the world. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Liz’s and Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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