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Just as in the very exciting THE MELDING OF AERIS the author continues her ability to create fantasy in the most credible fashion. 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.
Briefly THE SUNWIELDER is about a mystical medallion - a sunwield that has the power to alter life journeys, in this case that of Gryff Worden, our hero character whose beloved family is destroyed, and wandering the world in grief he encounters a old foreign life seer who places the sunwield on his massive chest and alters his perception of his life of the past and his hope for a future, allowing him to make viable choices for not only surviving war, death loss, grief...and love. There are so many fascinating characters who serve as the supporting cast for this drama, each once beautifully painted and nary a one is extraneous to the story. As this reviewer said before, after reading her first novel, D. Wallace Peach has found a region of fantasy that is molded by her concerns for the betterment of humanity. Her love for her mission is palpable. Grady Harp, April 14
Set in a medieval/fuedal like world with constant strife between different kingdoms, especially the Sol'karans and the Aldykarans, the book starts off on an interesting note. Gryff, raised by his aunt and uncle, is a young farmer and horse breeder content with a simple life. An ordinary day in the company of his family and friends ends up on a gruesome note. The dying farmer, who witnesses the brutal slaughtering of his loved ones, is rescued by an old woman; a timekeeper from a foreign land, Edriis.
An old legend about ancient gods and their strange ways becomes a reality as he reluctantly accepts the Sunweilder - a medallion with which someone will forge new paths for him and his loved ones, based on his choices.
The badge and its 25 sunrays leads him on to new journeys with each vanishing ray representing a newer future created on an altered past expereince.
Can Gryff truly change his past, wipe out tragic moments and start from stratch each time? Where does this journey lead him? What lies for him and his people at the final destination?
The book takes us along this long adventure of our protaganist. The writing is in depth and the striking fantasy world is built with care. The narration has a smooth flow ot it and the various scenes and dialogues are well written.
Why a 3.5 rating? The story suffers from a repetition of past events in the form of Gyff's visions. His constant skirmishes with death get disconcerting after a while.
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Between the medieval setting, the detailed descriptions of both setting and characters, and the chance to watch someone relive all of their “what if” moments; Sunwielder was the perfect way for me to escape at the end of a long day. I can’t wait to see what else D. Wallace Peach comes up with.
D. Wallace Peach examines the human soul, its many faults and flaws and struggles as it lives the life dished out to it. She offers in this fantasy one society living by the motto - no future - no past - only the present. Live in the moment but do no harm, which means - no worries, no regrets, just the glorious moment of now. Something to think about. This book is written in an exquisite language and very different from the other two books, "The Bone Wall" and "The Melding of Aeris", which I've read. She has the talent to come up with new interesting concepts that stick with you long after the story ends.
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