Catling’s Bane, Book 1 of the Rose Shield series, offers the reader an amazing journey into a world so believable that the characters seem to come alive on the page. This beautifully written science-fiction pulled me into a world that glitters with luminosity. The author reveals this world with descriptions so vivid, so rich in detail, that we forget completely, that it is a fictional world.

It is a civilization very different than our own, yet still, very much the same, with problems of great poverty, injustice, and cruelty, with one exception. There are strange powers of influence, powers that control someone’s intent, beliefs, and thoughts. The poor live their lives in a caste system, while the wealthy and powerful live like royalty, and all others live by hook or by crook.

Yet, even for the wealthy, life becomes a perilous journey, because every word, ever thought, may not be their own.  There are those, however, within this system, who have courageous hearts, make great sacrifices, and if they can escape the Influencers, they may have the opportunity to change their world where everyone can speak their own thoughts and live their lives as they choose to be.

I was completely captured within this incredible world, created by the author, D. Wallace Peach. 5 stars

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Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.


  1. Thank you so much, Karen, for the glowing review. Big smiles over here this morning with my coffee! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book and appreciate your sweet thoughts. 🙂 I will reblog in a few days. I can’t wait to share your kindness. Thank you! ❤

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    1. Diane, I wrote two reviews about Catling’s Bane. It is an absolutely amazing story, and your descriptions are so incredible and I was awed by the entire story. The first review gave away too much of the story and was way too long (I could actually write a book about the story.) So, I shortened it and changed it a little. I just can’t say enough about your writing and the story, which I adore, and only hope that one day, I can write half as amazingly as you do. Thank you. Karen

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      1. Thank you, Karen. You’re so sweet in your comments. I hope if you go on with the series you find the rest just as entrancing. Happy Writing, my friend, and keep being you!


      2. My sentiments exactly! I didn’t write 2 reviews for her book – Soul’s swallowers – but i had so o much to say, I had trouble narrowing it to an acceptable length. Great review!

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    1. Miriam, thank you for the wonderful compliment about my review. 🙂 And, yes Diana is an amazing writer, a very gifted writer and Catling’s Bane is an incredible world, built by Diana, a master world-builder. Karen 🙂

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    1. Jacqui, you really made my day, because writers write to create patterns of words that mean something heartfelt, and say something that is important to the writer that also resonates with readers. That you so much! Karen 🙂

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      1. Diana, thank you and how kind of you. I just think that when a reader reads something that they know is incredibly great, they want to have other people experience those emotions and that awe, that suddenly hits you as you read, like viewing a beautiful painting. but in words. Karen 🙂

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    1. Thank you Vashti, Catling’s Bane is a portrait of fantastic world building, and the story within this world is a great read. I loved it and as soon as possible, I will read book 2 of this incredible story. Karen 🙂

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