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Soul Swallowers

(The Shattered Sea #1)

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When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a
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Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published June 30th 2018 by D. Wallace Peach
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Colleen M. Chesebro
D. Wallace Peach has the rare distinction of becoming my favorite fantasy author based on the quality of her storytelling methods. I haven't read a single book by this author that I haven't loved.

Imagine my glee, when I found out she had begun a new series, called, The Shattered Sea. Book One, The Soul Swallowers, is everything I knew it would be—brilliant, creative, and unforgettable.

When Raze Anvrell leaves the wealth and the safety of his home after his young wife is brutally murdered, he sus
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Jacqui
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I've come to expect, D. Wallace Peach's latest fantasy novel, Soul Swallowers (2018) is well-constructed with addictive characters, a riveting plot, and a world I believed. In this story, Raze Anvrell, son of Lord Rydan Anvrell of Kestrel and heir to that mighty empire, rejects an arranged marriage that would strengthen his father's power and expand their holdings. His trump card in the contentious argument that comes to a head one evening is that he has already married--and to a commoner. In ...more
Pamela
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to like this book because I kept telling myself that I don't enjoy Fantasy (even though I previously read Peach's The Sorcerer's Garden and listed it as one of my favorite books of that year). So now I know beyond doubt that if D. Wallace Peach writes the novel, I will not only enjoy it, I'll delve deep into it. The world building is immense, and I was afraid I'd get confused about each world and who lives in it; instead, I battled the slavers and the schemers on either side of the ...more
Mae Clair
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only does D. Wallace Peach create phenomenal worlds, but she knows how to dish political intrigue with the best of them. In Soul Swallowers, the reader is immediately immersed into a fantastical world of royal hierarchies, caste systems, and a blending of the spiritual and physical as related to souls. The idea that someone can swallow the soul of another and inherit personality traits and skills from the deceased is utterly brilliant. There is very little in this world and carefully crafted ...more
Teri
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first D. Wallace Peach book, but it certainly won't be my last. 

As a regular visitor to her blog, I'm familiar with Peach's lyrical poetry that carries readers away to unexpected places - and this novel is no different.  The world-building is magnificent, and the premise of people swallowing souls to absorb their characteristics is mesmerizing.  With political maneuvering, power plays and alliances, arranged marriages, slavers - this is a complicated, dangerous world, and I couldn't t
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Jina Bazzar
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It all started with a tragedy: The imposing will of a lord upon his eldest son and the innocent belief that love conquers all.
This is a story that follows multiple characters, all evolving around Raze, a young lord turned farmer, and his journey from boyhood to manhood.
At first, it feels like the secondary characters have nothing in common with each other, but the author weaves an intricate tale of conspiracy, slavery, politics, love, and honor, all impeccably interwoven– and it comes back to
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Cathleen Townsend
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soul Swallowers is D. Wallace Peach’s best book to date, and that’s saying something. From her prior books I’ve come to expect expert plotting, three-dimensional characters, and truly magnificent world building.

In this book, Ms. Peach has taken one world-building premise—that people can swallow other people’s souls after they die—and worked it into a fantastic, detailed secondary world. Here, the powerful squabble for ever more influence while the wretches and unlucky are sold into slavery. The
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D.L. Finn
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Soul Swallowers” follows Raze Anvrell who turns his back on his family and title after his commoner wife was murdered. He finds some peace working alongside a man who befriends him. But around Raze is political plotting, arranged marriages, slave trading, religious beliefs, and a witch. While I was captivated with Raze’s journey, I loved both Bel and Nellea’s stories. I connected with them both immediately and was rooting for their outcome. A unique aspect of this story was the swallowing of a ...more
Jacquie
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable Fantasy!

I didn’t know what to expect when I came across this title on D. Wallace Peach’s website, but the title and the cover drew me and after hesitating far longer than I should have, I decided to make the purchase- and can I just say, WOW!

This is the story of three kingdoms and the men and women who rule them, some with deceit more than honor.

When heir to the throne Raze Anvrell witnesses the murder of his young wife, he blames his father and disowns his family. He leaves to mak
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Ellen Prewitt
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew I would love this book when it opened with a map of the Shattered Sea, a ship sailing its waters. It didn’t let me down. The world D. Wallace Peach so skillfully creates drew me in; the characters were strong and courageous and admirable. I loved the concept: a soul stone that holds souls and can be swallowed upon death, taking on the characteristics of the person. It raises the very interesting question of the continuing choices we make of who we want to be. And the writing! Such as this ...more
Robbie Cheadle
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was attracted to this book by its unusual title. Soul Swallowers, what could that mean? I was amazed and delighted to discover that its meaning is quite literal and one of the themes of this book is the ability of the people in the author's beautifully constructed fantasy world to physically swallow the souls of others, friends or foes, and acquire their characteristics, skills and abilities. I enjoyed how the author explored this aspect of the book and illustrated through her characters how t ...more
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