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.
Author: D. Wallace Peach
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.
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
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!
I’m reading E. Kathryn’s Laevatein’s Choice, a paranormal novel! Get hype!