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! <3

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

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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. <3

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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133 Comments

  1. Great review Colleen 😍

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  4. Sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to check it out! I love Diane’s writing!!

  5. Wonderful review. I read Peach’s “The Sorcerer’s Garden” and really enjoyed it. She has a wonderful gift for description.

  6. A fabulous review of Diana’s book, Colleen. I must order these for Gregory.

  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    If you love fantasy then Colleen Chesebro recommends that you read Myths of the Mirror by D.Wallace Peach… head over and find out more and read Colleen’s review.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂 ❤

  10. Fantastic review! Diana’s writing is absolutely captivating. 🙂

  11. Wonderful review sis. Not surprised though, everyone loves Diana’s writing! <3 Sharing <3

  12. Great review, Colleen.

  13. An amazing review of Diana’s book, Colleen.

  14. 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. <3

    • 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. <3

  15. I’m definitely going to read. What a wonderfully engaging review Colleen. 🙂

  16. I am going to buy this book as the description tore at my heart. You know how much I love dragons, Colleen. Diana it sounds a wonderful book. xxx

  17. Wow! A fabulous review to share, Colleen! This is the kind of review all authors hope for. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
    Bravo to Diana. Cheers to you both! 🙂

  18. 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.

  19. 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. <3

  20. Congratulations Diana. It is a fabulous review. 🌼

    • Isn’t it lovely, Brigid. I just love it when my stories touch someone personally. It warms the soul. Thanks so much for visiting and checking out Colleen’s review. Happy writing! <3

  21. 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!

  22. Fantastic review, Diana. Thanks for sharing, Colleen.

  23. What a heartfelt review, Colleen, of a fantastic writer and human being. I can’t wait to delve into this series by my friend, Diana.

  24. Another wonderful review that drew me in…I feel bereft when I’ve finished a good series…it’s so hard to leave that world…perhaps a piece of ourselves is left there among the pages!

  25. Thorough and interesting review, Colleen. Thanks. 🙂 — Suzanne

  26. Terrific interview. I love Diana’s writing.

  27. Aww, what a beautiful review Diana, you must be thrilled. 🙂

  28. Great review and it sounds like an amazing book. I love fantasy!

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