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Soul Swallowers

(The Shattered Sea #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published June 30th 2018 by D. Wallace Peach
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Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book and its series drew my interest: Soul Swallowers, the first in D. Wallace Peach's The Shattered Sea collection. Though I'm not much of a fantasy reader, the story was intriguing. Would someone swallow a soul for a good or bad reason, perhaps both? How does a sea shatter? After checking out the author's blog and reading some of her own book reviews, this seemed like a great opportunity, so I purchased the book and read it last week. Now I get to share my thoughts with you.. ...more
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
Colleen 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
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
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
Darrell Nelson
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
I have read other books from D. Wallace Peach and liked them but for a non-fantasy fan didn't all out love them because of how the genre is written. But I could see how a fantasy fan would love them.
Formal “high” language is a norm for fantasy, in her other novels Peach handled this well (in my opinion) so I can see how fantasy lovers would find that great.
Soul Swallowers is written more “medium-high” language, so if you are used to the formal language in other books i
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
Thomas Jr.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Literary Fiction Meets High Fantasy

Soul Swallowers is the best fantasy novel I've read in a long time. It's set in an area known as the Shattered Sea, and I call it literary fiction because it revolves around the lives of the inhabitants, noble and commoner alike. The people of the area practice a unique custom; when someone dies, their soul can be captured by a magical stone which can be swallowed by another person, so the swallowed soul lives on in the new host and is spared the tragedy of ete
Ned Huston
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soul Swallowers by D. Wallace Peach is an intriguing work of sword and sorcery, though it might be better described as a character story since passages of character development outnumber passages of action by at least ten to one. The characters are interesting and believable, and they evolve according to their experiences as the novel progresses.
The plot begins powerfully in the first chapter then settles into a story of day to day life in the world of the Shattered Sea, a land of conquered kin
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
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
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
E.M. Swift-Hook
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An Unusual and Engaging Fantasy Concept

Raze wanted to marry for love but his father, the king, has other ideas. After this conflict leads to personal tragedy, Raze turns his back on his privileged life as the heir to the throne and tries to escape his family and live a simpler life, but finds no matter what he tries that is not possible, the responsibility of family and friends binds him and the soul of his mentor will not let him walk away…

What I enjoyed:
The cool concept. The main thing that se
Ed Morawski
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from page one due to the wonderful prose. It’s pretty rare to read such beautiful descriptions:
Raze steeled his resolve, tension linked across his chest and shoulder blades like a skin of mail.

A crimson fire snapped in the hearth, the room overly warm, air thick despite a blustery rain tapping insistent fingers on the windowpanes. On the mantel, a stuffed falcon cast its glass eyes over the black ravenwood table, pewter plates and crystal goblets set for the arrival of digni
Bethany Salway
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is like finding a rare and lovely color while combing a beach for seaglass. It makes you glad you took the effort to scope out indie books in the first place.

Soul Swallowers opens with a bang - an arranged marriage and a bold act of defiance in the first two pages - and it scarcely lets up from there. There are slow scenes that explore characters and setting, but they are spaced perfectly and add flavor to the epic. The world is believable and well defined, with an interesting politic
Cathleen Townsend
In this book, Ms. Peach has taken a single 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 main character, Raze, has turned his back on a life of wealth and privilege, and joins another man in building up a small farm, a freehold, assisted by former slaves who soon become an extended family.

But t
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
Judi Easley
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Sally Cronin
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having read The Unraveling of the Veil series, my expectations for Soul Swallowers was high. I knew that there would be immaculate world building and interesting and memorable characters, and I certainly was not disappointed.

We follow the lives of those who are destined to be rulers and others who will always be bonded. The mantle of leadership does not always pass from father to son or daughter and old grievances and rifts threaten the peace of the kingdoms that lay along the shores of the Shat
Linnea Tanner
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy Readers
Shelves: epic-fantasy
What attracted me to read "Soul Swallowers" by D. Wallace Peach was the premise that a person could absorb other souls to gain insight, wisdom, and wisdom to a path of understanding. This is an epic fantasy that primarily follows Lord Raze, who is embittered because he believes his father orders the murder of his young wife after he refused to marry a noble girl for a political alliance. Brimming with rage, Raze seeks refuge in the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts, After his elderly mentor ...more
H.R.R. Gorman
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This book was everything I'd want, indie book or not. The characters were complex, the twists reasonable yet unexpected, and the political situation was at the forefront. The fantasy elements of literal soul swallowing was fit perfectly in with the way the politics worked. Peach's writing style has always been one of my favorites, and I'm thrilled to say that her word choice, sentence structure, formatting, and paragraph breaks all pleased me.

Basically, I loved this book. I haven't read The
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Soul Swallowers is a beautifully written novel, with some turns of phrase and descriptions that will give you pause as you let them roll around your mind. Also rolling around are themes set in fantasy but with real world implications. I enjoyed the soul swallowing elements a lot, especially contemplating the repercussions of swallowing the wrong one, or too many. The need for an underclass was also explored in a way that could be as deep or shallow as the reader wishes. The novel was very well e ...more
F. Stephan
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a very unusual fantasy read an therefore very interesting. I'd recommend to give it a go.

The story
We are following many characters in a very rich world, looking at events from many different perspectives. The depth of the background is fascinating. This isn't a fantasy world where the details stops wherever the hero doesn't look. This is a world far more intense. The story takes its time to follow the protagonists in a realistic manner.

The characters
They are well depicted, maybe a
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a longtime follower of author’s blog on WordPress, I was familiar with her writing talent, but this was the first book I’ve read penned by D. Wallace Peach. Although fantasy isn’t typically my go to genre, Peach’s incredible talent for world building has made me a fan. Soul Swallowers is an action packed read with believable characters and beautifully written descriptions. The central character, Raze, was one of my favorites and extremely well developed. Of course, the title alone had me curi ...more
Prashanti Talluri
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Concept is unique, the book is fast-paced and engrossing
Sixteen-year-old Raze is the son of Lord Rydan Anvrell of Kestrel who wants him to be betrothed to Nallea, only nine years old. His mother had drowned in the Shattered Sea four years ago. However, Raze is already married to Mirelle. When his father walks away in anger at the news, Raze storms off on his loyal steed, Copperkin to return with his wife. However, the king's guards stop him and it results in an ugly fight that turns fatal for Mi
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