First Review: Soul Swallowers

I’m on the mend after sleeping off a four-day fever. I apologize for neglecting everyone’s blogs and will start catching up today. I think the old bod was telling me that I’d spent too many days happy-dancing the release of Soul Swallowers.

For me, the first review always feels monumental, and it’s a thrill and relief when it validates the months of hard work. I’m delighted to share Soul Swallower’s first review, written by talented fantasy author Cathleen Townsend. (And I promise that I’m limiting my happy-dancing to my imagination.)

Cathleen’s review:

Have you heard? D. Wallace Peach has released a new fantasy series, and news like that is worth our attention.

Soul Swallowers is D. Wallace Peach’s best book to date, and that’s saying something. From her prior books I’ve come to expect expert plotting, three-dimensional characters, and truly magnificent world building.

In this book, Ms. Peach has taken a single world-building premise—that people can swallow other people’s souls after they die—and worked it into a fantastic, detailed secondary world. Here, the powerful squabble for ever more influence while the wretches and unlucky are sold into slavery. The main character, Raze, has turned his back on a life of wealth and privilege, and joins another man in building up a small farm, a freehold, assisted by former slaves who soon become an extended family.

But the Byzantine politics of Raze’s former circle soon entangle him again, and he’s forced to re-enter his old world to try to save the members of his new family…

(To read the last bit of the review, visit Cathleen’s blog, and while you’re there, you might check out her latest novella: The Golden Key)

Happy Reading whatever book you happen to be holding!

153 thoughts on “First Review: Soul Swallowers

  1. Marcia says:

    Well, Soul Swallowers (and Raze) turned out to be just as interesting as expected from the cover illustration. What an entertaining story! Great world building and characters I cared about. Super job! I’m already well into Legacy of Souls and love it, too. There was one thing in book 1 that made me really sad, I admit. I’ll not mention it here, for fear of spoilers. But just wanted you to know I’ve enjoyed these, and now have to read ALL of your other work, as well. 😀 Nicely done!

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    • Thanks so much, Marcia, for taking the time to send me a note. I’m just tickled pink! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Yay! And yes, I don’t shy away from sad when the story seems to call for it. You really made my day. Thank you! ❤

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      • Marcia says:

        You are very welcome. I’m heading to bed to read more in about five minutes, and looking forward to it!

        One question. Do you plan for this to be a trilogy or a longer series? I’m in for the duration, either way, but I want to brace myself, if there’s a long wait for the 3rd book. 😀

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        • Just two books. The story wraps up at the end of Legacy of Souls. 🙂 I don’t like waiting for sequels, so I only publish when the whole thing is ready to go. It’s a quirk. Lol. I hope you got a good sleep! And thank you again for the kind comments. ❤

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          • Marcia says:

            While I wouldn’t mind spending more time with these folks (except for the scary, big guy, of course), I’m glad I’ll soon find out how everything turns out. I DO hate waiting for the next in a series (curse you, Jim Butcher!!! – Not really. I need you to get back to the Dresden Files). Ahem. Back to Raze and Friends. And Enemies. I should finish tonight, and I hope all of my favorites survive the ordeals ahead! I’m hoping I’ll have time to get back to doing more reviews soon. I’ll be wanting to review these two books right off the bat! 🙂

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            • Jim Butcher, George RR Martin, and Patrick Rothfuss! I’ve been waiting up to 7 years for the next book. Ugh. I made a promise that I wouldn’t do that to readers. 🙂

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              • Marcia says:

                Excellent idea! I was very happy with the book’s conclusion, though you had me worried for a few minutes there. 😀 I’d really like to talk to you privately about your writing (and I’ll follow with a review as soon as I can). Would you mind emailing me? marciameara16@gmail.com (It’s all over the web on various sites, so no point in my not sharing.) IF you’d rather not, I’ll understand, but I so want to chat about these two books. 🙂

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  2. inesephoto says:

    I swallowed this book whole overnight 🙂 Looking forward to reading book #2 Absolutely stunned.

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  3. hsampson says:

    Congrats D!!!

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  4. acflory says:

    Great review and I’m so pleased for you Diana! Very well deserved. 🙂

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  5. Woo-hoo! Super review. And you’re feeling better 😀 This is on my TBR list. Now I just have to catch up 🙂

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  6. Sarah says:

    I´m so sorry you´ve been under the weather, Diana and glad you´re feeling much better already! But who could blame you for all those happy dancing? 😉 And what a wonderful review by Cathleen Townsend!! Have a very lovely weekend and take care! ❤

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  7. Good news/Bad news. Your book is released (whoo HOO!!) with an excellent review, and your body releases itself into a “Phewwwwwwww”-like fever. Yes, I know exactly how it happens. Been there, done that. When I was in college, every darn Christmas I came home ecstatic that I finished all of my exams and papers, and then immediately came down with a fever and cold. Every time! Our bodies are miraculous in their ways of shutting down when we’ve been “ON” too long. I’m so glad you’re healing and rested now. I can’t wait to read your new release. Congrats!

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    • That is my pattern too, Pam. And this time it was really freaky. I’ll post about it sometime. And thanks so much for the cheers on the review. Now the book doesn’t look quite so lonely on Amazon. Lol. Have a wonderful day, my friend. ❤

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  8. Geet says:

    Love your blog name and tagline…

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