Book Review: Legacy of Souls

Last year, I read one of D. Wallace Peach’s earlier works and ended up choosing it as my favorite indie book of the year. Excited by the prospect of truly enjoying an author’s work, I wanted to continue reading some of her repertoire and moved to one of her newest series – The Shattered Sea books.

I recently read the fantastic Soul Swallowers, and I decided following that up with the second entry in the series was worthwhile.

The Book

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Author: D. Wallace Peach
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I thought the first entry in the series was absolutely fantastic and I suggest it to everyone. I thought this seemed like a Game of Thrones done in a way more fantastical and more up my alley (i.e. less flopping wieners). I’m excited to see where this goes.

Non-Spoiler Review

Peach continues to amaze me and convince me that indie books are worth a try. Legacy of Souls is an epic book about deep characters (Johzar alone is just an amazing amalgam of so many pieces). I enjoyed reading it, though perhaps not as much as the first book in the series.

If you know me, you can probably expect that I love books about political nonsense. That’s probably part of why I enjoyed this – the court intrigue, the master plots concerning slavery laws, the class struggles, and all that really drew me in. Because of this political complexity, however, I would definitely say this book couldn’t stand on its own. Without that introduction from Soul Swallowers, I believe the situations as they are at the beginning of the book would be hard to understand. That’s not a bad thing since Soul Swallowers is just so damn good, but it should be taken into account in the case you want to read this.

This book focused on Raze, similarly to the last book, but there was a larger cast of characters that the narrator zoomed in on. Despite Raze’s continued involvement, I would say the main character of this book was actually a woman named Danzell. I was a little torn over this decision since Raze’s story was still complex enough to carry a plot, but Danzell was way more interesting in this book and could have also been the primary focus. I think Peach pulled off a fantastic story, but part of me wishes that there had been a more definitive main character.

There were also far more fight scenes in this book. Peach’s skills with fight scenes have definitely been honed since she wrote Aeris, but I thought there may have been a few too many. A few times I wondered if it wouldn’t have been better to talk their way into a solution, but the added battles did add to a sense of urgency that wasn’t as obvious in Soul Swallowers.

5/5 Discoball Snowcones

5 Discoball Snowcones


In this book, the fates of Laddon and Nallea from book one feeds directly into the issue with Benjmur and his schemes to gain power in The Vales. Nallea’s relationship with her traitorous dad was very complex and nuanced. Despite having proof that her dad was a slimeball, Nallea still loved him. Her prior life experience had led her to believe he was kind and good, and she couldn’t fight that belief despite the evidence pointing otherwise.

Throughout the book, the importance of putting Danzell on the Ezarian throne becomes more important. Though a relatively minor character in Soul Swallowers, I would dare to say she may have been the main character in Legacy of Souls. Her story was the most pressing and important, and this made sense – however, there was also a focus on Raze, which I found a little less exciting.

Now, don’t think this is anything knocking the overall book. The book as a whole was one of the best indie books I’ve ever read (probably second to Soul Swallowers). What I think made it second to Swallowers was the Bel storyline. It felt like her abduction into slavery was mostly intended as motivation for Raze and Johzar to cross the Shattered Sea, but there was plenty of other reason to go ahead and cross. Johzar, who felt loyal to Danzell, could have crossed to help her. Raze could have crossed to clear his family’s name at the expense of Benjmur and Emperor Kyzan. Bel’s abduction here made her seem helpless, since she essentially spends most of both books with the threat of forced labor and rape looming over her constantly. She felt pretty underutilized in this book, since she served primarily as additional motivation rather than contributing actively to the plot. You may disagree, though! Get a move on and buy these books already so you can prove me wrong!

Next week:

I’m reading E. Kathryn’s Laevatein’s Choice, a paranormal novel! Get hype!

102 thoughts on “Book Review: Legacy of Souls

  1. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Thank you so much for the review, HRR.Yippee! I’m so glad that you finished both books in the series. Yes, meant to be read in order. 🙂 Great comments about the characters too and their changing importance between the books. I absolutely appreciate your insights and kind comments. You definitely made my day. Hugs. 😀

  2. roughwighting says:

    Excellent review on a masterful fantasy book. Before I began to read D. Wallace Peach novels, I didn’t read fantasy. Well, now both I and my guy are hooked. The writing is terrific, as well as the intrigue, and world building, and the original themes. Bravo in the review.

    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thanks, Teri, and I’m glad you didn’t read the spoilers! Hopefully when you get to finish up the story, you’ll find some surprises. HRR’s review made my dad and it was fun to share. Thanks for reading! Take good care of yourself and have a great week. 🙂

  3. Erica/Erika says:

    Nice to meet you, H.R.R. and hi Diana, (I did place a comment here, although, occasionally comments disappear on my WP. I am very curious about Diana’s book. I continue to read raving reviews. I will investigate the order of the books and place them on my reading list. Thank you for the recommendation and the great reviews. 🙂 Erica

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Thank you for stopping by! I’ve approved your comment, so hopefully it’s going to stick! I’ll go sift through spam too, now that you mention it. And yup! Diana’s books are great!

    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Hi Erika. I’m so glad you found your way here and met HRR. Another fun and generous blogging connection. Thank you so much for your kind comment, and I hope that if you decide to give one of my fantasy books a try, that you enjoy it/them. Have a beautiful day, my friend, and keep smiling. ❤

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        HRR writes great book reviews. I’m honored my book got a wonderful review by him. His writing is very good and he is soooo humble about it! ❤

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        Didn’t you get your degree not long ago. You taught about your oral defense. So you got a job after you finished your degree? I guess I didn’t have the luxury for not working, so I worked full time and studied full time. I even did my dissertation during the last year of study because two other classmates did the same so we pushed each other through.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Engineering grad school works a little different from a lot of other degrees. The vast majority of your class work, thesis, and degree is done during a research assistantship; this assistantship typically pays for your tuition and gives a small, but livable, stipend. It’s a pretty grueling ‘job’ (always more than 40 hours – but my boss wasn’t one of those terrible kind that constantly demand 70+), and you really do get paid a pittance compared to people who just go to industry immediately after college.

        So my job necessarily ended when grad school ended, but I finally got a real job and get to see what it’s really like in industry.

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        I think your school system is a practical way to prepare you for the industry. It seems to be a wonderful program that pays for the tuition. You got a real job right away prove the program’s credibility.

        My son-in-law studied mechanical engineering and took two summers of internship for the same company. He was hired before graduation. Even though we had family vacation plan, they let him start after coming back from vacation. He is with the same company for 10 years and was promoted to engineer II and promoted again to be in management.

        Congratulations on your academic achievement and a great career ahead!!

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        I cancelled the flight to be with my daughter for her child birth of my second granddaughter. I missed them so much. I was with my first granddaughter (2 & 1/2) extensively, so it’s not fair for the second one!

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I doubt she holds it against you! Babies are so fragile, and it would be terrible to drag something as bad as Covid in there. So I think you did the right thing, even if it does suck.

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