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Just as in other novels the author continues her ability to create fantasy in the most credible fashion in THE BONE WALL. While some writers in this realm push the reader to such a distance with bizarre names, magic, mythical beasts, and impossible kingdoms, Peach instead makes her characters life like, and in doing so she is able to manipulate her story into a string of sensitive metaphors that apply to the fragility as well as the indomitability and the indomitability of humanity. More important, it seems to this reader, Peach is concerned with the betterment of humanity than she is in comic book tales. Not that she is unable to transport us to strange make believe lands and there find epic type concepts and ideas that hold the mystery of fine fantasy writing: she instead makes her stories reach out for communication to the reader as well as entertainment of a story well told. That is a gift, and it becomes more obvious one of Peach's strengths with the more novels we read.
One of the reasons this reviewer is fond of her writing is her utter honesty. She opens THE BONE WALL with a philosophical statement: `Our human journey through time lies sunbathed and shadowed with remarkable advancements, some clouded with secret and not-so-secret costs. What if we continue to poison our land, water, and air in the name of progress and profit? What if we continue to blast our way through conflicts on a global and personal scale? What if we abandon compassion, no longer our brothers' and sisters' keepers? What becomes of us when righteousness is blind? This book is a work of fantasy in a world without vision or concern for consequence.'
Wallace begins her story in heaven with the twin sisters Rimma and Angel. Briefly, `Blue light ripples and crackles as the shield walls fracture. The remnants of a doomed civilization stand vigil outside, intent on plunder and slaves, desirous of untainted blood to strengthen their broken lives. With the poisons, came deformities and powers, enhanced senses and the ability to manipulate waves of energy--lightbenders and fire-wielders. For those who thrived for generations within the walls, the broken world looms, strange and deadly, slowly dying. While the righteous pray for salvation, Rimma prepares for battle, fueled by rage and blinded by vengeance. Her twin, Angel, bound to her by unbreakable magic, seeks light in the darkness, hope in the future, and love in a broken world.'
With every new novel D. Wallace Peach becomes more poetic, more lyrical, her rich vocabulary grows and her stories mature. She is at the top of her game and we can only look forward to her next splendid adventure. Grady Harp, February 15
In The Bone Wall I experienced the world Peach created through 2 protagonists: Rimma, the fiery strong willed twin bent on revenge; and Angel, the gentle hearted twin looking to find peace and reconciliation. As each twin makes their choices their lives and the life of their sister is impacted.
If you enjoy fantast and or a post-apocalyptic setting with strong characters then this book is right up your alley.
The story centers around a pair of sixteen-year-old twins. Though the protagonists are teenagers and the world, post apocalyptic, this is not a YA novel. The story deals with issues such as the objectification of women, rape, and war and the language used fits in with the tone of the subject matter. However, if you look more closely, the story is about hope, forgiveness, and the chance we have as a species to heal not only ourselves but potentially a broken world.
The writing is often poetically descriptive, which at times felt a little out of place considering the backdrop, but the characters were thoroughly rounded. The twins love for each other clearly came across in each chapter as well as their flaws and other doubts. The magical system, if you can call it that, felt grounded with rules that made sense with regard to the real world and those who could work it, given logical talents.
This is a story for people who enjoy tales about the human condition and who aren't put off by the knowledge that humanity can get ugly.
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