Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Myths of the Mirror, Dragon Soul Book 1” by D. Wallace Peach

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Title: Myths of the Mirror, Dragon Soul Quartet #1

Amazon Author Page: D. Wallace Peach

Publication Date: 2nd edition, August 19, 2016

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, New Adult & College, Coming of Age, Fantasy

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.

Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.

Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.

The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.

Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.

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Myths of the Mirror may be read as a stand-alone coming of age fantasy novel appropriate for young adult readers or as the first book in an epic adventure that stretches from the small village of Taran Leigh and the mountains of the Mirror to the Anghard Archipelago in the western sea.

Conall and Treasa face a world where wealth and power rule. Fear is the weapon of choice, and cruelty is tolerated for a pocket of gold. It’s a world that forces a choice—indifference, complicity, or defiance—each choice defining the core of who they are and who they will become.

The dragons of Taran Leigh, souls of grace and beauty, hang in the balance. Will they descend into the howling violence of terror and pain inflicted upon them by their tormentors? Or will they fly free, the creatures they were born to be? With each book, the stakes rise and far more than the dragons’ souls lie at risk.”

“The nervousness he felt upon mounting the dragon had ebbed, and he stroked its back, almost affectionately. He sensed a growing bond between them, a grace in their flight as natural as breathing. There were times when he glided over green fields, gazed into the weave and texture of leaves, that he released the reins and simply let the dragonfly. In those rare moments, he felt a profound sense of peace and deeply free.” –Myths of the Mirror.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

After I finished reading D. Wallace Peach’s The Rose Shield Series, I found myself bereft, desiring more of her storying. A visit to her Amazon Author page gave me everything I needed. I was thrilled to find her first series, Dragon Soul Quartet and couldn’t wait to dive right in.

The Myths of the Mirror, Book One, is a haunting tale of resplendent dragons, exhilarating magic, and how the myths of the people from Taran Leigh and the Mirror intertwine and intersect. Their myths become the allegory from where ancient enlightenment springs.

Far from the village of Taran Leigh is a spot in the wilderness where a bowl-shaped lake, called the Mirror, hosts a civilization of people who ride the bejeweled dragons in the Old Way communicating with their souls as they become one with the dragon’s spirit. This merging of man and dragon comes by invitation from the dragon, signifying a magical union like no other.

In comparison, the dragons of Taran Leigh are imprisoned, forced to live in a stone lair, and brutalized by their captors, all the while compelled to perform for “coin.” Years ago, the greedy governors tricked the skyriders into believing their lies, looking only for ways to line their own pockets. The people of Taran Leigh have lost their connection to the old ways.

It takes a calamity greater than Terasa and Conall have ever known to teach them the myths of their people. Conall faces his demons while Terasa learns the myths of her father and those of the magical dragons who teach the lessons of “the tie” and of “the belonging.”

The author shared with me her role as the “Droom,” in the novel, the ancient seer casting her rune stones to predict which direction the story would take. Read the post here to gain more insight into this author’s creativity.

I know I’ve written before how I feel like a silly fan gushing over Diana Peach’s work. But, I must share with you that this book touched me in ways I have never experienced before. It was as if I had my own epiphany, at one with the divine truths the author penned in this tome. I can only say that my reading was akin to a spiritual encounter. The entire reason I read is for that magical connection, and The Myths of the Mirror delivers that and more.

I loved this first book so much, I’ve bought the entire series! ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, D. Wallace Peach

About the Author:

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Ready for an adventure?

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

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How to Connect with the Author:

For her blog on all things writing, please visit D. Wallace Peach at http://mythsofthemirror.com.

TWITTER: @Dwallacepeach

FACEBOOK: Myths of the Mirror: @DWPeachbooks

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dianapeach33/pins/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/d-wallace-peach+0_2F1UmSg–qRIqYJlk2W1Q_?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_yourupdates
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the more you know Thanks for stopping by to meet D. Wallace Peach, and to hear about Myths of the Mirror. Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing my review of the second book soon. ❤

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130 Comments

        1. The philosophy of “the belonging,” and finding your true soul is what “blew me away.” I’ve never read a book that resonated with me like this before. I barely have the words – that is the true essence of being blown away! ❤

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    1. Hi, Carrie. I read her Rose Shield Series first. I will definitely be making my way through all of her books. Indeed, she has a gift for storytelling and descriptions that put you right there. I’m smitten! 😀 ❤

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    1. I want you to read them first so that when he asks questions you can help him understand his own myths. I was so moved by the philosophical thinking in these stories. You will both love them. ❤ (I bought the entire collection for Kindle).

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  1. Today was first able to delve into specific review above. Began following you when I was nearing the finish of final draft of my thriller. Will continue to look where our genre choices intersect. Have most of your email traffic saved. But, now I know that I can come back here. Thanks.

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  2. Terrific review, Colleen. I have Diana’s books on my TBR, which has been tabled due to 3 malfunctioning Kindles. I should receive the new one this week. Fingers crossed that this one works 🙂 ❤

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          1. Now that I think of it, I’ve always had a “unique” relationship – both positive and negative – with batteries. I’ll tell you about it over a drink sometime. Meet me in AZ in May! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Tina. I think you’ll like this one when you get all your malfunctions fixed! Ha ha. Colleen did a wonderful job honing in on the spiritual/philosophical nature of the story – something dear to my heart and understanding of our place in the world. Have a wonderful day, my friend.

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        1. You two are so funny. Yes, reading time is a huge challenge, isn’t it? Argh. I feel the same way. Thanks for checking out the review, Debby. It was a fabulous surprise this morning when I stumbled on it. 🙂

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  3. Oh my gosh, Colleen. Where have I been??? Lol. I’m so touched by this beautiful review (my eyes are all weepy) and more so that the book struck such a deep chord with you. It was my first book and straight from the heart – my story that needed telling, and in many ways, it reflects my own journey of discovery and growth. You completely got it, including its allegorical nature. What a wonderful compliment. Thank you, my friend, for reading and taking the time to review and share the love. ❤

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    1. Diana, the connection with your words and philosophy, I felt I couldn’t do it justice. Your heart is all over this book. You have now surpassed J.K. Rowling, in my estimation. WOW! I will read this book many times. I’m working on the series, so stay tuned. ❤

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        1. I’ve finished book 2 and I’m beginning to see the big picture. I’m writing a story about the Sisters of the Fey. We’re Slavic witches who they believe are descended from the dragons – who were thought to be the fallen angels… 😀

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          1. That’s so cool, Colleen. It’s amazing how many cultures have dragons. I needed a metaphor for spirit and dragons worked – by pure accident. You’re going through the books quick! 😀

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  4. Argh! I have had this book forever. It’s the first one of Diana’s I bought. I MUST read this. It’s always looked like a great read and I love Diana’s writing… It seems like it was more a ‘more than meets the eye’ book, Colleen. 💖 Wonderul review.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I have a few books like that in my TBR pile too, so no worries. Ha ha. I think we all do. Wasn’t it a great review. I just love it when a book moves a reader and Colleen is wonderful at sharing her thoughts. Happy Writing and Being, my friend. 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro (aka the Fairy Whisperer) has been making quick work of a few of my books and has penned some wonderfully heartfelt reviews. Myths of the Mirror was my first born, and I couldn’t be more delighted that she found my baby beautiful. Ha ha. Here’s her review. ❤

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  6. A beautiful and detail review of Myths of the Mirror by D. Wallace Peach. An amazing book by an outstanding writer who never fails to enchant, intrigue and delight us with her work. I could not agree more with your assessment of this book. Diane is a truly gifted!

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    1. What a sweet comment, Molly. One of the things I love about this WP community is how truly close I feel to all these writers and bloggers. We as a community seem to collect lovely souls who genuinely care and support and celebrate each other. Thank you ❤

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    1. Thanks for another lovely comment, Kathryn. I love reading series and then feeling that hangover when it’s over and I’m not ready to leave. It’s a wonderful compliment to any author. Thanks for stopping by to check out another beautiful review from Colleen. Her review made my day. 🙂

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