Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews, “Kari’s Reckoning, The Rose Shield, Book 4,” by D. Wallace Peach


Title: Kari’s Reckoning, The Rose Shield, Book IV

Amazon Author Page: D. Wallace Peach

Publication Date: April 20, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Colonization, First Contact, New Adult & College



hand-307786_640My review of Book 1: Catling’s Bane

My review of Book 2: Oathbreaker’s Guild

My review of Book 3: Farlander’s Law

In the Author’s Words:

“The epic adventure concludes as the Shiplord vies for what he desires—the throne of Ellegeance. Their power in jeopardy, influencers surrender their oaths, their loyalties fractured. Rose, a child of untrained and reckless talent, once again becomes a pawn in the quest for control.

As the Cull Tarr solidify their rule, Guardian plots rebellion. Catling and Whitt, each gifted with singular skills, seek to sway the course of the conflict. Oathbreakers, traitors, and those desperate to save Rose collide in a final battle for the realm.

Yet, a third player emerges in the deadly game. The kari, spirits of a sentient planet, command the air, water, and land. They manipulate events to satisfy their sovereign designs and care not who survives the human war.”

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My Recommendation:

The last book in the Rose Shield series opens with Caitling’s realization that she has nothing left to lose but her life. The new rulers, the Cull Tarr, seek to control her and her daughter, Rose who is only beginning to wield the natural influence she has inherited. The child is untrained, and her abilities far surpass those of anyone in the Influencers Guild. If the shipbuilder can control Catling and Rose, he would solidify his rule.

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…


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I will revisit The Rose Shield series from time to time, visiting these characters who have become like friends from a far away land. Whenever I need to, I’ll wallow in the magic of the luminescence and remember that it flows through all of us. ❤


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


*I follow the Amazon Rating System*


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

For her blog on all things writing, please visit

Ready for an adventure?

The Sorcerer’s Garden
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


How to Connect with the Author:

For her blog on all things writing, please visit D. Wallace Peach at

TWITTER: @Dwallacepeach

FACEBOOK: Myths of the Mirror: @DWPeachbooks



Witchey ReadsThanks for stopping by to meet D. Wallace Peach. This series is one of the best I’ve read in the epic fantasy genre. ❤

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