A few weeks ago I posted a review for Soul Swallowers, the first installment on the Shattered Sea duology by author D. Wallace Peach. (Check it out here: https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/2018-best-read-soul-swallowers-review/)
So, I didn’t get to a deserted island, but I did kick the kids out to their grandparents on a weekend… hehe.
So Legacy of Souls, the second and final installment in the Shattered Sea duology – WOW. I was at the edge of my seat for the entire read, pausing only when I absolutely had to. There’s so much intrigue, action, twisted conspiracies, loss, love… I had no nails left by the time I was reading the last paragraph. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll try to be careful – don’t blame me if I let something slip.
First, let me explain a point I found intriguing and fascinating: You know from the start who the villains are – yes, plural – you know their motives – power, greed – but you’re still surprised by the way they go about achieving their goals. For one, I knew Benjemur was a power hungry character, I knew he was unscrupulous. But every time a twist was revealed, I was honestly surprised at how he went about it… his greed had no boundaries!
This is a storytelling method I’ve seen writers use before – you’re introduced to the villains from the beginning, you know their goals, their motives, but you have no idea what they’ll do next. And D. Wallace Peach put it in an expert manner that is intricately flawless.
The intrigue, the conspiracy and greed are so potent, it makes the heart race. And the loss and heartache, oh, I’m not ashamed to say my tears fell more than once during the course of the story.
There’s more action in this second installment than in the first one, and the stakes here are higher too. After grieving for the death of his young wife for over ten years, Raze is finally letting himself heal. He’s found a new love, made amends with his father, and… is about to lose everything he built and cares about.
It’s a quest against time, against greed, power and corruption, and although there are some losses I was sad to read about, the story wraps up nicely, all the ends tide up. By the time I was reading the last words, I had 0 questions in total.
“A tangled mess of intrigue and death that might never fully unravel. So many lives had been stolen, too many to list. And truly for nothing when kindness and integrity had always been a choice.”
When I read this part, I felt it resonate. So much loss could have been avoided if only there was kindness, so many lives could have been spared…. But isn’t that the problem with our world?
Again, the writing style is intriguing, captivating, and suits the story perfectly. And the soul swallowing theory and how this part is handled at the end, it was brilliant!
Kudos to D. Wallace Peach for this intricately woven tale, I can’t recommend it enough.
About D. Wallace Peach:
- Wallace Peach began writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with my husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.
Check out her page: http://mythsofthemirror.com
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