- File Size: 2269 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154419627X
- Publisher: D. Wallace Peach; 1 edition (April 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJY77CF
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- Lending: Enabled
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The kari, speaking as the goddess or the soul of the planet understands this dynamism between the power of the luminescence and the magic that Rose and her mother possess. She admits that Catling and Rose are far more powerful than was realized. Catling is the catalyst and the kari will get their reckoning though her.
As the war rages on, the Cull Tarr War and the high wardens have slaughtered and decimated the population of the native Farlanders. Whitt and Sim have battled for the lives of their people, losing more than they ever considered possible.
Yet, this devastating loss imparts a wisdom concerning the sentience of the planet onto Whitt. He feels the spirit of the goddess and finally learns the truth of what the luminescent lifeblood represents to the people. The realization that the kari exist beyond the luminescence and that the world is sentient weighs heavily on Whitt. He aligns with Guardian hoping that between Kaden and Catling their world can be saved.
The ending is explosive and unexpected as the storytelling skills of D. Wallace Peach burst into play. As with the other novels in the series, the writing in this final book is superb, with rich descriptions that put the reader in the midst of the action.
I can’t believe it’s over…
I will revisit The Rose Shield series from time to time, visiting these characters who have become like friends from a faraway land. Whenever I need to, I’ll wallow in the magic of the luminescence and remember that it flows through all of us. ❤
Kari's Reckoning (The Rose Shield Book 4)
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
D. Wallace Peach did an amazing job with her world-building. She contrasts the life of the people who live in the tiered cities with the people who live in the swamps and forests. Everything is unique, and vibrantly real. Not an orc to be seen, thank heavens.
She has given us a very young queen who is too reliant on her glasses of wine, and senior advisors whose ultimate loyalties are not to her, or even to the nation. We have heroic men and women trying to save their nation from malevolent outside forces. And we have a select few who are gifted with powers that sometimes even seem incomprehensible to the ones who own them. No one is perfect. Some flaws are worse than others. Other characters are truly noble.
We also have characters who change over time, some for the better, some not.
There is a great deal to admire with these books. Enjoy.
And that's the thing - if you do a lot of fiction reading like I do, its unavoidable to be on your guard for turns of direction in the works you are reading that seem contrived or false, disappointing or just plain dumb. None of this happens in Peach series - there are no disappointments.
That is not to say that there wasn't more than once that I had to stop reading and let the book go for the night, because something happened that I wasn't sure I could deal with right then. But I kept it up, and I'm glad I did. Writing this at the end of the last book, I am filled with this complex mix of emotions, one like she deftly describes, and it is not bad - it is welcome. She describes herself as a 'fledgling' writer and I say NO, she is not. There is too, too much here, far beyond fledgling. The books are not flawless, but I found myself forgiving the small errors immediately to keep on with the story. In my opinion, these books, just like the world she created, are imbued with luminescence.