I’m definitely a D. Wallace Peach fan. I’ve come to expect action-packed plots with plenty of inner conflicts and character dilemmas, as well as nuanced worlds drawn with hard-edged gritty description to achingly beautiful prose. Mostly I know I’ll find complex relationships and a story that will keep me turning pages – fully connected to every one.
The Necromancer’s Daughter was no exception to most of these factors, however the characters are less gritty and complex than, for example, those in The Rose Shield series (Which is superb!) Both the necromancer and his daughter are primarily motivated by expansive love and a wish for peace. This somewhat gentle point of view softens the edges of even the most intensely brutal scenes, and their internal stability simplifies the story. It’s quite a different read than the others I’ve read by this author.
Even so, there’s no shortage of action or danger, and the characters we come to love are challenged again and again by the harsh nature of the world and those around them. So while I found the plot twists less intense and the characters less conflicted internally, I still found it satisfying and at several points stayed up way too late reading when I couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fantasy readers that love beautifully drawn worlds and characters, and prefer happier endings, but are open to a challenging and wild ride along the way. And there are dragons!