Liars and Thieves by D. Wallace Peach #bookreview #fantasy

Behind the Veil, the hordes 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. 

Having read other books by this author, I know to expect masterful world-building, vivid imagery, and complex characters. This novel is no exception.

In this land of elves, changelings, and goblins, the already uneasy peace is threatened after a series of earthquakes. Friends go missing and each group places blame on the others. Everyone has their own agenda and political squabbling runs rampant.

Character development is strong, and Alue, Talin, and Naj each possess strengths, weaknesses, talents and flaws – all which make them realistic, fallible, and easy to identify with. With vast differences between the species in regards to wealth, privilege, and way of life, it’s easy to see the parallels in today’s society.

To discover the truth behind all these occurrences and ensure the safety of all of their races, Alue, Talin, and Naj must set aside their mutual hostilities and mistrust to form an unlikely alliance. Is there tension? Loads of it. But also moments of humor and enlightenment among the characters (I think some of Talin’s scenes were my favorite).

This is the first book in a trilogy, but unlike most series, the other two books are available now. If you’re a fan of this genre, this book is sure to thrill your dark fantasy loving heart and is one I’d highly recommend.

56 thoughts on “Liars and Thieves by D. Wallace Peach #bookreview #fantasy

  1. I’ve read this entire series, Teri, and thought it was fabulous. Between the character depth and the complex world building (not to mention Diana’s beautiful prose), I found it riveting from start to finish. A great review for a great book!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mae, for reading and reviewing all three books! I saw the reviews pop up and couldn’t wait until you returned from your break so I could say thank you. I’m beyond thrilled that you enjoyed the series and appreciate the kind comment. Happy Writing. 🙂

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  2. I have got to get to this. Diana’s writing is gorgeous and her world-building and story-telling abilities are to die for. 🙂 She’s one talented lady, for sure, and I need to carve out some time to make a dent in my D. Wallace Peach TBR pile.

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Sarah. My writerly self is feeling extremely pampered today. I loved Teri’s review and couldn’t be happier to hear that you might pick the series up. Thanks, my friend. Happy Reading. 😀

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  3. What a great surprise, Teri. Yay! I saw the review on Amazon and did a little happy dance. This is the icing on the cake! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your kind review. This series took me so long to write that getting it out and learning that readers have enjoyed it is a thrill. Thanks so much for reading, reviewing, and sharing. 🙂 Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Jess. It’s such a thrill to stumble upon reviews, and Terii (like you) writes a fabulous review. I appreciate all the wonderful support. I’ve been smiling for hours! Happy Writing, my friend. ❤

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    1. Thanks for checking out Teri’s review, Staci. I get behind too, trust me. It’s so important to prioritize our writing (and I admire your focus!). As authors, we have to produce new books to stay relevant. When you get to the read, I hope you enjoy it. 😀 Happy Weekend

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out Teri’s review, Robbie, and for giving Sunwielder a try. I’m glad you enjoyed it. (It’s my husband’s favorite). I’ve been beaming for a couple days now and appreciate your kind comment. Happy Reading and have a wonderful, safe weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Balroop. I love words and language, everything about it, including the sounds and rhythms. I’m delighted that it’s something you notice (well, you ARE a poet. Lol). Enjoy the rest of your day and have a wonderful weekend. Be well. ❤

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