Review of The Ferryman and the Sea Witch, by D. Wallace Peach

The dawn of a new week, and with a hot cup of joe steaming beside me, I’m bringing you my thoughts on D. Wallace Peach’s, The Ferryman and the Sea Witch.

What Amazon says:

The merrow rule the sea. Slender creatures, fair of face, with silver scales and the graceful tails of angelfish. Caught in a Brid Clarion net, the daughter of the sea witch perishes in the sunlit air. Her fingers dangle above the swells.

The queen of the sea bares her sharp teeth and, in a fury of wind and waves, cleanses the brine of ships and men. But she spares a boy for his single act of kindness. Callum becomes the Ferryman, and until Brid Clarion pays its debt with royal blood, only his sails may cross the Deep.

Two warring nations, separated by the merrow’s trench, trade infant hostages in a commitment to peace. Now, the time has come for the heirs to return home. The Ferryman alone can undertake the exchange.

Yet, animosities are far from assuaged. While Brid Clarion’s islands bask in prosperity, Haf Killick, a floating city of derelict ships, rots and rusts and sinks into the reefs. Its ruler has other designs.

And the sea witch crafts dark bargains with all sides.

Callum is caught in the breach, with a long-held bargain of his own which, once discovered, will shatter this life.

My Turn:

There’s plenty of blade crossing, high seas drama, and juicy betrayal in this fantasy novel. I was quickly caught up in the ‘Gulf Stream’ plot, unsure of where I’d be deposited next.

What really sucked me into the maelstrom was Peach’s amazing world and word building. Her writing flows like a powerful river, deep, smooth, and uninterrupted. I felt the story! From the crushing depths of the Deep, where the merrow live, to the rusted hulks of the impoverished, Haf Killick, I left my couch without standing.

I found that none of the characters were entirely evil, nor good. They all had a personal story of trauma and some justification for their actions. I wouldn’t hesitate to read another work by this author. Well done!


Meet D. Wallace Peach and get your copy:

A long-time reader, best-selling 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.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

80 thoughts on “Review of The Ferryman and the Sea Witch, by D. Wallace Peach”

  1. Wonderful review, Mark! I recently finished Diana’s book and am working on a review too. Her writing talent is extraordinary. Fantasy wasn’t my go-to genre, but she has pulled me into her fictional worlds and I am hooked. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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      1. Thanks again, Mark, for the wonderful review. I don’t think I can write in any genre… some are so beyond me, but I’m glad you enjoyed this one. And I’m looking forward to your next!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Mark’s and for the lovely comment, Lauren, and I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the book! I love making converts out of non-fantasy readers. Lol. What a great compliment. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Five stars on your review, Mark. I’m always sucked into Diana’s fictional worlds. I’m waiting for my beach week away to start the The Ferryman and the Sea Witch. Perfect setting to be sucked away into the tide of Diana’s words and world.

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    1. Thanks so much, Pam, for the great comment. Mark’s right… just watch out for mermaids with questionable morals. Ha ha. I hope you enjoy your beach read. Have a wonderful day and weekend, my friend. Hugs. ❤

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  3. I agree with you about Diana’s world-building. I can’t agree more on “her writing flows like a powerful river, deep, smooth, and uninterrupted.” Excellent review, Mark. Congratulations to you, Diana!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out Mark’s review, Miriam. I was so delighted to find it. And thanks again for your kind review. I’m so glad the book is being well received. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, my friend. Hugs.

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    1. Ha ha. I don’t know, Jacquie. Once a book feels done to me, it’s hard to for me to step back in. But who knows… perhaps Airlee and Grier have an adventure up their sleeves. Thanks so much for stopping by at Mark’s and for the fun comment. 🙂 Happy Writing, my friend.

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    1. I really like characters that live in that gray area, Jacqui, including both heroes and villains. They think their motives justify their terrible actions… sort of like real life. 😀 Thanks so much stopping by to read Mark’s review and for the lovely comment. I hope you’re enjoying your tour!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Mark’s blog and checking out his review, Balroop. I was thrilled to see it this morning. This community has been so wonderfully supportive. Have a beautiful week, my friend. ❤

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  4. Thanks so much for reading and for the wonderful review, Mark. I’m honored. What a great surprise. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Have a wonderful week and Happy Writing. 😀 😀

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      1. Hi Diana, I must apologize for the lack of Amazon review. The reason is simple. They have not allowed me to post a review on their site for over a year now. Though, I can and have posted a review on Goodreads, which I believe they own. Apparently, I have violated some type of “Community Standard,” though it is clear as mud which one it was. Their rules read about as ambiguous as a politician’s playbook and despite repeated attempts, I’ve never received a response. Jeff Bezos is no longer taking my calls :).

        I’m sorry about this, but at least I’m able to get your review out on this blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and Facebook. Maybe someday, they’ll let me out of Amazon jail.

        It was an excellent read!

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  5. I totally agree about Diana’s amazing world-building talent, Mark! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and my review will be posted soon. Thank you for sharing and congrats to Diana on another winner!!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Mark’s to check out his review, Jan. I caught your review on Amazon too. Thank you! Between you and Mark, this is turning out to be a lovely day. And aren’t you supposed to be on vacation?! Lol. Enjoy your time with family.

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  6. Diana always tells a riveting story. I can’t recommend her books highly enough. I positively loved the Ferryman and the Sea Witch. What a fantastic nautical-themed story that lingers long after it’s finished.

    Great review, Mark. Congratulations to Diana!

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