Book Review – Kari’s Reckoning – The Rose Shield Book 4

It’s been a few weeks (and a few books) since I finished the epic conclusion to D. Wallace Peach’s fantasy series, The Rose Shield, and naughty me hasn’t yet written the review this book – nay, this series – deserves. So, without further ado….

Kari’s Reckoning – The Rose Shield Book IV – D. Wallace Peach

Kari's Reckoning (The Rose Shield Book 4) by [Peach, D. Wallace]This – the fourth book and conclusion to the Rose Shield series – delivers action, intrigue, emotional sucker-punches, surprises, and a solid satisfying ending to a wonderful adventure series that has largely followed protagonist Catling and her struggles in a world of politics and influence.

In this installment, Peach really brings home the themes of power, morality and free-will that she’s toyed with throughout the series, and not a single character comes through the battlefield of the series without scars – be they physical or emotional… or both.

The power struggle becomes the epicenter of conflict in Book IV, with multiple players vying for control of Ellegeance. This struggle, and the notion of slavery are poignantly explored by Peach who drops powerful nuggets of wisdom into her narrative such as this; He spoke of choices from a position of power with nothing to lose. Ask the powerless about their choices, and the answer will reflect their willingness and tolerance for suffering.” – from “Kari’s Reckoning (The Rose Shield Book 4)” by D. Wallace Peach).

However despite the human battle for power and dominance, it’s Peach’s world itself that becomes a major player in Book IV. The sentient, mystical energy (the Kari) that comprises Peach’s world, manifested as Raker’s Goddess, asserts its power and the absolute need for order and balance in the world. I can’t help but notice the similarities in Peach’s abused world. and the uprising of the Kari, with the state of our own world today and the undeniable presence of climate change – or, if you will, nature fighting back.

There were moments of total shock and horror (especially mid-way through the book as the Queen of Ellegeance faces marriage to the Cull Tarr overlord, Tull Airon), but ultimately I was left completely satisfied with the conclusion to this wonderfully rich, brilliantly written series.

If you haven’t yet looked into The Rose Shield series, I strongly urge you to get out there and get yourself a copy. This is intellectual fantasy at its best.

 

52 thoughts on “Book Review – Kari’s Reckoning – The Rose Shield Book 4

  1. Ah. I’m basking in the glow, Jess. Thank you so much for the most awesome review! I’m thrilled and grateful. What a treat. I’m so honored that you stuck with the series and read all four! That’s a commitment and what author can ask for more. I’ll reblog tomorrow since today I’m going to out and about. Many Hugs. โค

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  2. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    I woke up this morning to the promise of snow, a day of blogging, and a wonderful review . Jessica finished my Rose Shield series and posted a review of the final book. I’m thrilled and honored that she took the time to read the whole series and share her thoughts. If the power stays on, it’s going to be a perfect day. Thanks, Jess โค

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  3. Excellent review! Having read, and loved the whole series, it was wonderful to be reminded of how good the story is. This is a series that can be re-read again and again to find gems you may have missed the first time around. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ha. I’ll take it, Audrey. I was reading an article earlier today about the evolution of speculative fiction and how it’s broadening to include character-driven books, rather than strictly plot-driven books. I think that’s kind of cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by to peek at the review. Jess really made my day.

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  4. Wow! ๐Ÿ˜€ Jessica, a fantastic and comprehensive review which encapsulates all of Dianaโ€™s extraordinary storytelling and writerly skills … a tour de force of the genre, truly epic with writing that veers from the poetic to dramatic, often in one swoop!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to read the whole review, Annika. I was stoked to say the least. It makes all the work of writing completely worth it when someone reads and enjoys the books. And Jess is like you… you both write awesome reviews. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I think your TBR must have about 300 books. Ha ha. You poor thing. Lol. I have to say, I was thrilled and honored with Jess’s review and can’t express how much the support means. Happy Writing, my friend. โค

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  5. I absolutely loved this series as well. Its the best series I’ve read in a decade and some of the most well-rounded (characters, plot, world, and theme) and well written fantasy I’ve ever read. I took forever to read it because I didn’t want it to be over. I will likely read it again.

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