LIARS AND THIEVES: A BOOK REVIEW

A world is held together with the most tenuous alliance. A world like no other and inhabited by three races; elves, goblins and changelings. Together they’ve kept the peace in Borderland, yet its thin veneer is threatened as the dark force of Chaos seeks to overthrow the land. However, its leader, Kalann il Drakk, must first penetrate the shimmering border wall, the Veil.

With excitement, I was propelled into ‘Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1) and into the midst of Drakk and his force’s attack on the Veil. Its electrical energy is as powerful as the writing. Although the attack ultimately fails, seeds of Chaos are planted through the wall … although the reader is left in doubt about its format.

From this dramatic beginning, the book, the first of a trilogy, becomes increasing captivating as the story unfolds through chapters centred on three misfit characters who dominate the narrative and whose in-depth revelations help to create this outstanding fantasy novel.

The striking red-haired Alue Windthorn, an elf soldier, is plagued by failure which lands her in constant trouble with her leaders and father.

Talin Raska is a rogue of a changeling whose charm and cheek cannot see him out of all his pitfalls as he is also a liar, a thief and a spy. His greatest failure is to fall for his mark, Alue.

Naj’ar is half-elf, half-goblin and the two elements of his being are in a constant battle for his soul.

All three are outsiders, loners, they have constant difficulty following orders and rules. All three possess great abilities, some known to them, others revealed later. All three find their lives are, against their better judgement and wishes, intrinsically intertwined.

The author’s superb gift of storytelling immediately drew me into the book and the compelling lives of the characters. Through a close third person narrative of each a chapter at a time, their thoughts, emotions, reasonings, fears and vulnerabilities are revealed in touching and dramatic detail.

Equally compelling is the finely woven plot as strange disappearances of its people throughout the land are experienced by all three races. Of course, they immediately seek to blame each other although they are dependant on each other for their assets. The balance and harmony are severely strained as ever more are killed, threatened or simply disappear in the mysterious quakes.

As the tension escalates, events spiral out of control and distrust reigns and soon accusations and counter-accusations nearly bring Borderland to the brink of war.

With imaginative tour de force, D Wallace Peach creates an exceptional new world, which through stunning detail, beautiful descriptions immediately become real and true to the reader.

Whilst ‘Liars and Thieves’ is an epic fantasy novel it is at the same time a wonderfully intimate and personable story. I can imagine books 2 and 3 will become increasingly intense as Chaos and its destruction and fight for the eradication of the world dominates the plot.

Having read and loved some of the other books by the author, ‘Liars and Thieves’ is my favourite as yet! I look forward to reading the next two in the series and they are already on my Kindle!

To conclude, ‘Liars and Thieves’ is a must for all fantasy book fans as well as an exciting and enthralling book for readers new to the genre. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

To Purchase:

Amazon UK: Kindle £ 2.25 Paperback £ 7.48

Amazon US: Kindle $2.99 Paperback $ 9.99

As well as being a superlative writer, D. Wallace Peach is a blogger extraordinaire with her own writings, challenges, informative articles and poetry. She’s a faithful friend to many on WordPress, always engaging in fascinating discussions via comments. Furthermore, Diana is a huge supporter of writers with advice, encouragement and through her reviews. These are prolific and in the autumn alone Diana read 60 books and shared many of her reviews on her blog! Do take a look at her wonderful website/ blog at Myths of the Mirror

About D. Wallace Peach:

D. Wallace Peach started 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 her husband, two dogs, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

232 thoughts on “LIARS AND THIEVES: A BOOK REVIEW

    1. Mackay, I’m so glad I’ve intrigued you about Diana’s book and it’s added to your list! If you have a chance to read I would be most interested in your thoughts! Have a great weekend! 😀

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  2. I’ve got to say this review astounds and impresses me. Not because of what it says about Diana Peach’s book. Diana’s writing and storytelling and world building are incredible. But that means her books are also complex and intense and full of so much! They are not easy books to write about and explain in one review. Annika here describes the characters and the plotting and the detailed scenes so well! Kudos to the author and kudos to the reviewer.

    1. Pam, bless you! 😀 Your comment has me beaming away and as I know you’ve read and reviewed the book yourself I appreciate your words even more! Your ‘They are not easy books to write about and explain in one review’ probably explains why I have stalled a bit on reviewing her other books – which is all on me! With three such engaging characters (oh, I do like flawed ones!) and such a captivating storyline, the review came easy once I had the first two sentences.

      Hope you’re having a good week – we all had a wonderful evening watching the inauguration live yesteryday, very moving and wow, that young poet! btw. finished your pdf and loving every single one – sketching the sentences tomorrow, with you latest Saturday! hugs xx ❤️

      1. Yesterday was a marvelous day here in the US. My husband and I were weepy with relief and hope. And no kidding about Amanda Gorman. She blew me away – pure poetry right down to her fingertips. It was a great day. I hope the whole world can take a deep breath. ❤

    2. Thank you, Pam. ❤ ❤ If you think writing a review is tough, imagine writing a blurb! Lol. Oh, the struggles. Ha ha. Annika makes writing a review look easy, doesn't she? And I'm so honored by her wonderful words as well as the time she took to read and share her thoughts. The same goes to you, my friend. You're the best and you always leave me with a smile. 😀 Happy Writing!

    1. Haha … Teagan, I’m imagining a stadium full of fans of Diana and her books! 😀 I felt rather daunted that so many had already read the book and would compare my review with their own reading experince. Glad you enjoyed the reivew and thank you so much for your lovely comment. Many hugs winging their way back to you! xx

      1. I wish it was a stadium! Lol. I love your review, Annika, and every little bit helps get the word out! There’s no reason to feel daunted. You write beautiful and well thought out reviews without spoilers. It’s awesome and I’m grateful not only for the support but for the books that you recommend! ❤

    2. Thanks for adding your comment, Teagan, and for reading. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book(s). Hugs right back at you, my friend. ❤ ❤ Happy Writing and Launching. You have a full plate for a whole year!

  3. Whether you read fantasy or not, this is a wonderful story. Diana builds this world so tightly, it could be real. I keep thinking it is and then she pops in with an elf or goblin that we don’t have (anymore) these days. Excellent read, all three.

    1. Jacqui, that’s exactly what I felt – such a real world that it didn’t feel out of place to have a half-elf, half-goblin as one of the a leading protaganist! 😀 It’s great you’ve read the whole series and I can’t wait to finish this amazing adventure. At times I would find myself pausing, making a writerly mental notes as the writing is so exceptional and the plotting so tight! Much to learn! Happy Reading, Jacqui and keep safe! x

    2. Ha ha. I wasn’t sure about the elf, goblin, changeling characters for a long time, Jacqui. I didn’t want readers to shy away because they’d think it was a typical LoTR elf/troll/dwarf-type world. But I wanted to write about race relations and biases and the power of perception. I needed a way to distinguish between the peoples. I’m glad those differences faded… that was the whole point! Thanks for the lovely comment. 🙂

  4. Dear Annika,
    we don’t read fantasy novels as we have the feeling they are not only all the same but also a kind of naive escapism. Nevertheless, we have to admit that we read “Lord of the Rings” and the Harry Potter series and liked both. But all the masses of the modern fantasy novel are following always a similar plot, aren’t they? Well, our dear Master had to review fantasy novels for a magazine and had to judge manuscripts for two publishing houses. On the other hand, you write about “Liars and Thieves” which is a recommendation. We may have a look at these books. Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma just told me they will do.
    Wishing you all the best. Stay healthy and happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read Annika’s review, Klausbernd. She is always so persuasive, isn’t she? I hope that if you have a look at these books you find little sameness and discover, instead, a compelling human story. Many thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and Happy Reading.

      1. Indeed, Annika’s review is persuasive. At least she made me curious and that’s the aim of a review, isn’t it? As I wrote, I’ll have a look.
        Wishing you a great day and happy reading as well – I just read Lars Mytting’s “The Sixteen Trees of the Somme”
        All the best
        Klausbernd 🙂

    2. Klausbernd, thank you so much for your comment / discussion all about fantasy books! I’m very happy you are intrigued by my review and I feel a certain amount of responsibility now! I would say all genres can have a certain amount of ‘sameness’ and it is up to the authors to make their work stand out from the others, to move away from the very general to become special, thought-provoking, where they reach into the soul and can also be fun, escapism. For me, Diana succeeds on all these points, and I’m sure, as she says herself, that readers should find ‘a compelling human story’.

      Lars Mytting’s book sounds fascinating … and I’m very curious how his books “Norwegian Wood’ book about wood stacking etc could become such a hit! ‘The Sixteen Trees of the Somme’ is one that I would love to read … noted it down for later in the year!

      Great to chat about books and do tell Hanne that I’ve read ‘A Portrait of the National Trust’. It is a brilliant collection of many involved in amazing and diverse jobs and congratulations again to her for her inclusion to this wonderful organisation’s 125th celebration!

      Wishing you all a warm and safe time in Cley, enjoy the stunning landscape by the coast!

      1. Dear Annika,
        my critique is concerning the plot design and style. In most of the fantasy literature we have this simple black and white structure, the baddies are bad and the good ones are idealised little heroes. The style is simple as we haven’t had Proust and Joyce with experienced speech and inner dialogues. I don’t like that this literature doesn’t reflect itself. It’s based on sheer identification. On the other hand, this mainstream literature gives the publishing houses the chance to publish what I would call `real´ literature.

        Mytting’s “The Sixteen Trees of the Somme”: I have read the first 50 pages only. He implies a lot at the beginning making the reader curious of how it goes on. I find it slightly boring but nevertheless I will read it to the end.
        I was also amazed that “Norwegian Wood” became such a seller. It’s a well written non-fiction book that I found interesting because I love our open fire. I found it in a hotel we stayed in te Cotswolds and read it on one afternoon. In the UK it’s not such a seller as in Scandivia.

        I love to talk books with you, thank you very much!
        Before I started to read Mytting I read “Unquiet” by Linn Ullman. It’s a fragmented kind of novel I like. It’s touching because it’s unadorned. This fragmented style is quite interesting.
        Quite funny I found “The Liar’s Dictionary” a book about words that I read at the beginning of January.

        Hanne-Dina loves working for the NT – by the way, I am a voluntary seal warden as well but not so ambitious.

        Have a cosy evening, stay well and thanks again for exchanging your ideas about literature with me. Take care
        Klausbernd 🙂

        1. It’s wonderful you are also a seal warden and it must be a very rewarding and fascinating role to play in their protection. As for the books, I’ve got to read ‘Unquiet’ and realise it is Ingemar Bergman’s daughter and her relationship with her father – the fragmented style appeals to me!

          1. Dear Annika,
            “Unquiet” is about the last week of Igmar Bergman`s life.
            The Mytting novel gets better and better as further I read.
            Being a seal warden is quite a wildlife experince. It makes me overcome my lazyness and going out. It’s a little adventurer as well as the whole area is filled with seals and the mother are quite protective. They attack.
            All the best
            Klausbernd 🙂

  5. Oooh, this is such a compelling review!
    The world sounds like my kind of place …. I will have to wait till book 3 is out before I even start … I can’t wait between books!!!!!

    That cover is so beautiful as well.

    1. Ju-Lynn, the cover is fabulous, I agree and designed by the author herself! The whole series has such wonderful striking covers that just invite one to delve into the books! Yes, I say series as the last book is also available.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment about my review and wishing you many captivating hours as you enter a new world! 😀

    2. Thanks so much for visiting Annika’s and commenting on her review, Ju-Lynn. As Annika mentioned the whole trilogy is out. I’m a binge reader and hate waiting for books! So I make a point of releasing books all at once. If you decide to give it a go, I hope you enjoy the read. Have a lovely day and be well. 😀

  6. Your wonderful review on Diana’s Liars and Theivies is well written, Annika. I agree with you that Diana has a superb gift of storytelling. I love her world building and the balance of strengths and weaknesses of the characters. I too enjoyed this book tremendously. Thank you for sharing with us!

    1. Miriam, it is the contrast between the strengths and weaknesses of characters that often make books so compelling, relatable … and this is, as you say, definitely the case in Liars & Thieves! Having read Some of Diana’s books before and her writing on her blog over the years her world building skills are extraordinary… I feel I learn something every time! So glad you enjoyed my review, Miriam and that you’ve read the book too! 😀

    2. Thanks so much for the comment, Miriam. You’re sweet to visit both posts and seeing your face and name pop up always makes me smile. Thanks for all the wonderful support for this book and series. Are you doing okay, my friend? You haven’t posted in a while, so just thought I’d ask. Thinking of you often! Have a lovely day and be well. ❤

      1. Oh yes, I have been busy with my small business account. My account of 25 years died during the 4th quarter of 2020 taxes. I needed it to file workers comp. His brother took over there clients but my business is too small to warrent the attention. I’ve been trying to figure out how to fill out the forms to file for IRS and CA state. The workers comp. is due this Friday. My business is qualified for the Payment Protection Plan but the last day to apply for the first cycle was last Wednesday. The CPA was too busy so I tried to do it myself without success, then tried to have the bank of my business account to do it but they asked for the wrong info. Finally when I called the CPA, he wanted to do it for me while having me on the phone. I needed to gather all the documents right there and then. It made me nervous.

        This afternoon just finished the IRS and state taxes. After they confirmed three receipts, I could file workers comp.

        I’m exhausted by the end of the day for the last two weeks. Hope to have a better day tomorrow.

        Thank you for asking, my friend. It means a lot to me.💞 Video chatted with my daughter last evening. The baby is crawling so fast. Autumn is having a growth spurt – grew 1/2 inch the last 10 days! 💖
        I’m glad the imagination is tomorrow ☺️

          1. There’s still some confusion with the tax reports but I’m seeing the end, thank goodness. Thank you, my friend. ❤ The inauguration was simple but beautiful. Things will get better very slowly. ❤ 🙂

        1. Yikes! Miriam, I feel for you with all the paperwork and understand from many friends with their own business the work to claim for relief etc is humongous and a bit of a nightmare. I hope your days improve and good luck getting everything in order. Will things improve from tomorrow?

          Ahh … lovely you could chat with your daughter and see the little one crawling. That growing spurt sounds painful and I remember my son for years having such pain in his legs as he grew so quickly. Take care, my friend and look forward to reading your posts late when you have a chance! hugs xx ❤️

          1. It’s still a bit of confusion, Annika. I filled the federal taxes for the 4th quarter. Apparently the new CPA did it because the fed said it was a duplicate. Well, I’ll find out soon enough.

            I have my grandkids’ photos everywhere in the house to brighten my day. ❤

  7. Annika – nice job with this review
    I just ordered the book and now feel ready to read it
    I am not that into fantasy but your post seems to have been the perfect primer
    And cheers to d Wallace Peach – I will let you know my take when I read it

    1. Awww … bless! 😀 Yvette, I love my review described as a primer for fantasy genre of books and I hope you find it as enthralling as I did. I can’t wait to read what you think of the novel! Happy Reading! 😀

      1. Thanks- I plan to read it next month – and blah – not my genre at all and just prefer non fiction – ha! So I am not kidding when I said this was a primer of motivation and I also like D Wallace Peach so much as a blogger so it will be nice to explore

        Hope you are having a nice start to your week author Annika ☀️😊💟

    2. Aah. Thank you! I always feel a little nervous and excited about the thought of a non-fantasy reader giving one of my books a try. I love converts! Lol. Hopefully the “human” story will keep you engaged. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning. Have a lovely day and Happy Reading. ❤

  8. Wonderful review!! And I cannot applaud and agree with this statement more:
    “As well as being a superlative writer, D. Wallace Peach is a blogger extraordinaire with her own writings, challenges, informative articles and poetry. She’s a faithful friend to many on WordPress, always engaging in fascinating discussions via comments. Furthermore, Diana is a huge supporter of writers with advice, encouragement and through her reviews.”

    Amen, Annika!

    1. Thank you, Jess. I’m so touched by your comment. It’s funny, maybe, but I feel like I can never possibly repay all the kindness and support I receive from this writing and reading community. It’s overwhelming. I do my best, but honestly, it doesn’t feel like enough, and I wish I could do more. So my heartfelt thanks to you, and Annika, and all the others here for the wonderful comments, for reading, reviewing, and simply being stellar human beings. ❤

      1. Ha! I feel exactly the same way. We probably all do. Imagine us at a conference; no one would get inside because we’d all be trying to hold the door open and insisting everyone goes before us!

    1. Aaah, what a wonderful comment, Inese. You’re so kind to help me along with my writing journey. And you have no idea how your support warms my heart. Thanks for stopping by to read Annika’s review. I wish you a peaceful week, my friend. Be well. ❤ ❤

    2. Inese, wow! 😀 How wonderful you’ve read all her books; Diana is a prolific writer and I’m in awe of her creative output! So glad you enjoyed my review and the 5 stars!! No question about it!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out Annika’s review, Cathleen. You played a huge part in getting the book(s) ready for prime time, and I can’t thank you enough for your help. So appreciated. Have a wonderful week, my friend, and Happy Writing. Hugs.

    1. Thanks so much for reading Annika’s amazing review, Mark, and for your wonderful comment. I’m so glad she enticed you to consider the read. She is wonderful at pulling together her thoughts about a book. And without any spoilers. Thanks for the cheers. Happy Reading, my friend. 😀

    2. Mark, thank you so much! 😀 When I started writing reviews I winged it a bit but learnt a lot here on WP and I’m glad my reviews resonate with so many, including you. That’s wonderful. Glad you’re hooked … if you have a chance to read the book I’m sure you’ll love it!

    1. Thanks Teri, for visiting Annika’s review, for reading the book, and for your own wonderful review. I’m feeling well cared for by this amazing community of writers and readers. Have a great week and keep up the work on the next book. I’m eager to dive in. Happy Writing.

  9. An excellent review, and like you, Unravelling the Veil has become my favourite storyline to date. Given how good some of Diana’s earlier stories are, that’s high praise. I think you will love books 2 and 3 even more.

    1. Meeka, a joy to meet another fan of Unraveling the Veil and of Diana’s books! 😀 I loved the other books I’ve read by her and feel this one reached another level altogether! Just perfect! Can’t wait to see what happens to the intrepid three and Borderland!

      1. Hi Annika! Lovely to meet you too. I totally agree that Diana reached a whole new level with this story arc. I won’t spoil it for you except to say that each book is somehow even /better/ than the last. Happy reading. 🙂

    2. Thanks so much, Andrea, for the wonderful comment. This series was so touch and go for years, and definitely the hardest to write. You and Annika have warmed my heart and made the struggle worthwhile. And thanks for the shout out for books 2 and 3. Yay. Have a lovely day, my talented friend. Happy Writing!

    1. Thanks so much for the cheers, Liz. Annika writes reviews with the same amazing skill that she writes stories. We have a wonderfully supportive community here, and that’s the best part of all. Happy Writing, my friend. ❤

      1. I am excited to read this one after having your wonderful review. One more thing is this month I bought 7 new books as I love to read in the paper rather than kindle and I am about to buy this amazing one.😍

    1. Thank you so much, Rosida, for stopping by Annika’s to reader her lovely review. You’ve put a huge smile on my face this morning. I hope that if you decide to pick up the book, you enjoy the adventure. Have a wonderful week, be well, and Happy Reading.

    1. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read Annika’s amazing review. I don’t think I’ve stopped grinning. Have a beautiful week and best of luck with your photo/poetry project. It must be getting close. 🙂 Happy Writing.

      1. Thank you, Diana. My project is coming aliong. I have it in book form, with greyscale images in place. edit and re-edit, now, then submit to my external editor in chief (my wife, Leanne) for content and cover approval . . .

        So many hurdles!

    1. Your comment gave me a giant smile, Curt. Thanks so much for stopping by at Annika’s to check out her review of Liars and Thieves. I agree that it’s a great time for a little escapism. If you give the book/series a try, I hope you enjoy the read. Have a wonderful week and be well.

    2. Yeah!😀 Curt, I’m glad to share a book in a genre you enjoy … oh, we need escapism within our reading more than ever! Diana has written a plethora of amazing fantasy novels so do check them out!

    1. Thank you, Carol. I can’t begin to count all the books Annika has convinced me to read with her enticing reviews. Lol. I hope that if you take a dive into the genre, you enjoy the read. Have a wonderful week. Be well and Happy Reading. 🙂

    2. Carol, I’m glad I’ve made you curious about this book … and I was hoping to draw in possible readers new (or like myself returning) to this genre! The characters are superb and are so engaging I forgot I was reading a fantasy book as such! It all became real and thoroughly enthralling! Happy Reading, my friend! 😀

    1. Thanks for stopping by to check out Annika’s review, Debby. She did a great job of describing it without spoilers. I was delighted when I came across it this morning. It was like Christmas! I hope you enjoy the read when you get to it. Be well, my friend. ❤

    1. Thanks for taking a peek at Annika’s review, Jan. She sure knows how to write them, and I couldn’t be happier. I hope you enjoy the read when it rises to the top. Take care during these crazy times. Happy Writing!

    1. Hi again, Jacquie! Thank you for the wonderful comment and for generously reading and reviewing the whole series. Happy dance, happy dance. I love it when a reader/reviewer “gets” a story and its characters, and both your and Annika did so. I couldn’t be more grateful. Now get back to writing, lady, you have a deadline! ❤

    2. Ahh … thank you so much, Jacquie! 😀 I see you’ve read and reviewed the whole series! That’s amazing. I’m glad you feel I’m spot on … fully aware so many have already read the books!

  10. What a wonderful review Annika. I loved Catling’s Bane and Diana’s attention to detail and world building! Thanks for the enthusiastic and detailed review and reminder to read her book that I have sitting in my “library”.

    1. Thanks again, Brad, for taking the time to read Annika’s review. And for a second comment. You’re too sweet. And I love the idea of being represented in your library! Have a wonderful Sunday and peaceful week ahead. Hugs.

    2. Brad, thank you so much 😀 ! ICatling’s Bane was fantastic and it feels like I’ve watched a film when I recall the book – the world building is that incredible! It’s great my review has given you a nudge to take a peek at it later in your ‘library’! I like the idea of referring to books on my kindle as a library … and letting my imagination run with the idea!😀

  11. What a comprehensive review Annika! I have never read any series faster than this one and really enjoyed the setting, the way the characters interact and above all the exquisite style of Diana.

    1. Thanks for the beautiful comment, Balroop. You got a giant smile out of me on this one. I know that the book/series is much darker than your preferences, so your kindness is extra special. Have a lovely week, and Happy writing. Be well. ❤

    2. Balroop, what a wonderful endorsement of Diana’s writing and this series! 😀 Exquisite truly describes her craft of writing … pure magic! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! x

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Annika’s to read the review, Robbie. I was pretty stoked this morning when I saw it and had to share. As you know, each review is a gift. Have a wonderful, productive day, and take care. Happy Reading.

    2. Robbie, thank you so much!😀 It is a terrific book and I’m stretching myself regarding genres this year and look forward to reading and reviewing your ‘Through the Nethergate’ in the Spring! Not sure whether this horror book is best read in broad daylight for me!😀

    1. Aww, thank you for the lovely comment, Jennifer. Annika writes such a wonderful reviews, doesn’t she? I’m honored that she shared her thoughts. I totally get the uniqueness of reading preferences. If you do give the book a try, I hope you enjoy it. Be well, my friend.

    2. Jennifer, thank you so much! 😀 It’s wonderful that my review has enticed you even a little to look at this different genre! It has such strong and superb characters which I don’t know is the case for every fantasy books but it makes for an engaging and enthralling novel! Of course, Diana’s outstanding writing is amazing and pure joy to read!

      1. No, thank YOU, Annika. Your review has enticed me to add it to my list. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone for this one, as well as Circe, which is based on Greek mythology. Look at me expanding my reading horizons! 😀

  12. Fantastic review of a book (and series) I absolutely devoured! I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts, Annika. Diana’s books are an automatic Go-To for me now, and I hope many more people will take the time to check out this series, especially. 🙂 Thanks for reminding me how much I loved it! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for adding your thoughts and endorsement, Marcia. Woo hoo. I’m so honored that you enjoy my books. And you know that I’m a fan of your writing too. I’m a bit more than halfway through The Light, and I’m enjoying it, of course! Have a great week, my friend. Be well.

    2. Awww … Marcia, heartfelt thanks for your beautiful comment and I’m over the moon you felt my review captured the book! Diana’s writings and books are amazing and it’s wonderful how you devoured the whole series! I can’t wait to complete it … I feel I’m in for a ride!😀 It is lovely to be reminded by books through reviews I find and if there was more time I’d return to the books once more! Happy Reading & Writing! 😀

  13. Happy birthday to the boy child! Not an easy time for celebrations, Annika. I’m sure you’re missing him. 😦 Thanks for the review. I delve very little into this genre but on the strength of your recommendation I could hardly fail to enjoy this saga. 🙂 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Jo. Annika writes wonderful reviews and she’s constantly adding books to my kindle! I hope that if you take a chance on the book, you enjoy the read. Be well and have a lovely week.

    2. Jo, thank you and in spite of being apart we had a surprisingly special day! Chatting a few times during the day on video, sharing of lots of photos. It is hard for everyone around the world though and I feel for you being in another country (albeit much warmer!) It’s great you’re intrigued by the book from my reivew and I love how you describe it as a saga – just so! Hope you are having a good start to the week considering it all. hugs xx

      1. A good day,hon 🙂 🙂 I wish my son was a better communicator. He tends to leave me suspended for longer than I like, but I suppose at that age I knew I was alright and assumed everyone else did too!

    1. Ahhh … your words lift my spirits no end, Diana! 😀 It was a joy to read your book and share it here through the review … it is amazing how many have already read it! Congratulations!

      Thank you so much for sharing on your blog … and hope your planned post can wait a little! 😀

        1. The big new project the beginning of this year is a practical one … I’m ‘project managing’ the arrival and building of a writing studio of my own in the garden! It is incredibly exciting and a postive start to the New Year. Cement base laid, my husband has dug a long deep trench for the cables, building arriving next week! I’m having fun choosing curtains, paint, carpets! Hopefully undisturbed snug in my new studio I’ll be inspired and settle on newer (and older) projects. Wrote 80,000 words last year but not sure what will become of it!

          1. How wonderful! You’ll have to take photos and share them. I have a nice 3-season writing spot, and it does make a difference. No distractions and no disruptions. Your place sounds like a dream come true. ❤

            1. I never dreamed of anything like this until a casual conversation during lockdown when I found it impossible to concentrate in the house with us all here! Reading how your writing spot makes such a difference really gives me confidence this will make a a huge improvement on my output. Is the fourth season winter when it is too cold to use?

  14. Oh, Annika. What a wonderful review. I’m feeling all teary (sniffle, sniffle). I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, and you totally got the evolving story and the characters. There’s no better compliment to a writer. It’s especially touching since this series took forever to write as other life challenges got in the way. There were times when I worried that the story (as well as the Veil) was unraveling! I’m delighted, doing a wild happy dance, and smiling so much that my face hurts. Thank you! ❤ ❤

    1. Diana, bless!! 😀😀 Your joy and enthusiasm is contagious and your wonderful comment had me smiling away and added to the joy of an already special day! Blimey, I had no idea that the whole books series might have unravelled … that would have been a travesty! It is a brilliant story and beautifully written it just had to be published! I could not seeing you ever giving up on something with so much potential – though of course life events take over for us all now and then.

      It’s great to hear that you feel I got the story and characters … and there was so much more within the book I could talk and write about but didn’t want to give away spoilers (a balancing act!) It can also be read on so many layers and thought it particularly pertinent considering what is happening around the world and US at the moment. Regarding the latter I hope the week passes peacefully for you all, I’ll be watching the news avidly.

      Finally, my deepest and sincere thanks for all your amazing comments about me and my reviews both here and on your blog … that means so much to me! Happy Dancing! 😀 Hugs xx ❤️

      1. Now I have to gush over your comment to my comment. Lol. Thank you, Annika. I hope as you travel with these characters through the rest of the story, you find it just as compelling. I’m working on a stand-alone now, and the politics in the US has been distracting! Sigh. But that too will end. And your reviews are practically famous! Ha ha. I feel like I won the lottery. Thank you from the depths of my writerly heart. ❤

    1. Pat, so true about the title!😀 I’d underlined so many paragraphs within the book which reflected today’s crazy world and to a certain extent, it is an analogy of how we function as a society, the fear, distrust, power, greed and all the -isms that seem to course through the veins of so many, including those in the position of power. Alas, no room for them in my review nor for an in-depth discussion on this topic!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Kamal. I’m feeling well-loved today. Annika writes wonderful reviews and it’s pretty awesome to be on the receiving end of her beautiful gift. Have a lovely week, my friend.

    2. Wow! Thank you so much, Kamal … that means a lot to me! I love writing reviews yet often worry I won’t do the books justice – comments like yours assure me I’m on track! A joy to share here! 😀

  15. Hi Annika, I greatly enjoyed Diana’s book and I immersed myself in the characters and story on our last camping trip. No interruptions. Pure enjoyment!

    Your description of this land of fantasy and the misfit characters is excellent! I love your sentence “It’s electrical energy is as powerful as the writing.” A wonderful review, Annika, and I look forward to immersing myself in the next two books in the series.

    Happy Birthday to your son, Mamma Bear. xx ❤️

    1. Thank you, Erica. I appreciate your kind comments about the review and the book. I remember your post about your camping trip, and I was so tickled to be along (in book form – ha ha). If you do read the rest of the series, I hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading and giant hugs!

    2. Erica, it must have added another dimension altogether reading ‘Liars & Thieves’ whilst out camping … the descriptions of the natural world are incredible as the characters trek back and forth – at times I felt the trees were encroaching upon me inside the house!😀

      I’m so happy you felt I captured the fantasy elements as well as the misfit characters! They were brilliantly depicted and I felt I knew their thoughts and emotions so well. Oh, I’ve always been in awe of Diana’s writing skills, outstanding and to weave it seamlessly in such an exciting and enthralling novel is a gift indeed!

      Ahh … thank you for the birthday wishes for my son … one very happy Mamma Bear here!

      hugs, my dear friend. xxx ❤️

      ps. Hope the Challenge is going well … off to read your post later today!

      1. Another great point, Annika, “seamlessly.” I became lost in the book and in this world of fantasy in a good way. An example of a good book. 😀 And then the privilege of uninterrupted time. A rare occurrence these days.

        You tore at my heartstrings reading about your son’s birthday and being apart. I know we are all trying to stay positive and grateful, yet the increased restrictions in the U.K. and throughout our planet are challenging and worrisome. Yet, I understand the necessity. Take care and continue sharing your creativity. It all makes a difference.❤️

    1. Jill, I have a feeling this (and your latest book) will have been the most read one I’ve reviewed! 😀 I meant to start this September and I’m glad to finally have read and reviewed it now in January! Thank you, we are all well (thank goodness, so far etc etc) – a mixed happy-sad day as my son’s birthday today but his first one away from home! Lots of lovely video calls during the day though cheers this soppy Mamma up no end! Wishing you all well, hugs xx ❤️

      1. Aww. Happy Birthday to your son, Annika. I can understand the soppy Mamma. I’m glad you’re all well though. Stay safe and we’ll enjoy some giant hug-fests when this virus is under control. ❤

        1. Diana, I love the sound of hug-fests!! 😀😀 It will be amazing and a world-wide phenomenon! Ahh … thank you for the birthday wishes for my son. He looked very happy, cocooned in love with his girlfriend at uni and thank goodness for video calls – it made it all so real and special!

    2. Thank you for checking out Annika’s review, my friend. And, of course, for reading the book! I’m so touched and honored by the kindness in our community of writers and readers. I hope you have a lovely week. Be well. ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth, for you comment here and for reading the books. That’s so sweet of you. I hope that when you get to the last one, it wraps up well for you. Have a wonderful week and Happy Reading. ❤

      1. Louise Reynolds

        I can’t wait! Although I don’t know when ill get to it. There are too many books. I wish I could read maybe 10 at once and then maybe I would have a chance at getting through my list!

        1. I feel just the same, Louise!! I used to make lists of all the books I wanted to read and it stressed me out! 😀 I have a feeling Diane must have ten at once as she read 60 over three months! An incredible feat – we have some catching up to do! 😀

          1. Louise Reynolds

            I can’t even imagine! I set myself a pretty ambitious book goal for January by adding 20 onto my pile but so far I have only managed 8 of them (I did accidently read The Push, which wasn’t on my January list) though. lol 😀

    1. Thanks for stopping by Annika’s to read her review, Louise. She made my day (year) with this one. I was thrilled to find it this morning. I can relate to the overflowing kindle. I almost emptied mine at the end of 2020 and now it’s filling up again! A good problem, I guess. If you decide to give the book a try, I hope you enjoy it. Have a lovely day. 😀

    1. Thank you, Norah!😆 It was a great book to review and as always didn’t include all the elements I wanted to in fear of making it overlong! I had so many paragraphs highlighted to share! I think Diana will be happy with the review, she didn’t know I was writing this and doubt she’s seen it yet!

    2. Hi Norah. I think “pleased” is too mild a word. I was doing back flips across my living room. Lol. Thanks for taking the time to read Annika’s wonderful review. Have a wonderful day and week ahead. 🙂

      1. OMG! I just realized I made a serious typo in my original comment. I meant to say you can NEVER go wrong with one of Ms. Peach’s books. Not EVER. I meant NEVER. Oh, my bad sticky keyboard. Sorry about that. But hopefully everyone knows what I meant to say.

        1. Ha ha ha. I didn’t even notice. And I don’t think there are many of us who escape those “Oh crap” moments. I wonder how many bloggers I’ve called “my fiend” instead of “my friend.” Lol. Probably lots!

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