Once Upon a Time….

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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

52 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: CATLING’S BANE

  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!

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      2. Diane, thank so much for the lovely compliment. Awesome! Karen 🙂

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      3. Jina Bazzar says:

        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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      4. Jina, thank you for sharing. Yes, I had so much to say too, about Diana’s incredible story, Catling’s Bane. Karen 🙂

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    2. Diane…thank you so much for your great storytelling gifts.

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  2. A wonderful review of Diana’s book, Karen.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to read, Robbie. Much appreciated! Happy Writing. 🙂

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    2. Roberta, thank you so much for the lovely compliment. It is so appreciated. Diana’s story and world-building is incredible. She is an amazing writer. Karen 🙂

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  3. This is a great review of Diana’s book, Karen. Diana is a wonderful writer! ❤

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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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    2. Thanks for checking out Karen’s review, Miriam, and for the kind comment. So appreciated. Have a lovely week!

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      1. You’re welcome, Diana. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Anita and Jaye Marie. You made my day! 🙂

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      1. jenanita01 says:

        Pleased to hear that, Diana. Every little bit helps!

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  4. What a wonderful gift you have for words.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacqui. Happy Writing!

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    2. 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. Thanks again, Anneli, for visiting Karen’s site and the wonderful comment!

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      1. I really did love it, and the next one too.

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  5. Wonderful review! I’ve had Catling’s Bane on my kindle for quite some time… must move it up and share the review!

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    1. Thanks, Bette, for the wonderful comment. ❤

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    2. Bette, I am so glad you liked it. Diana is an amazing world-builder and I loved the story. Karen 🙂

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  6. Jennie says:

    Excellent review!

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    1. Jennie, thank you so much for the lovely compliment. Greatly appreciated. Karen 🙂

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      1. Jennie says:

        My pleasure, Karen!

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    2. Thanks so much, Jennie for stopping over at Karen’s to read the review. I was delighted with Karen’s kindness and appreciate your visit. ❤

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      1. Jennie says:

        You are welcome, Diana! ❤️

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  7. I loved this book, too, and fantasy is not a genre I usually read. Diana has woven an intriguing tale and built a fantastic world. What an imagination she has!

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    1. Molly, I agree with you completely. Diana is brilliant and her imagination soars! Thank you! Karen 🙂

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      1. Thanks again, Karen, for the wonderful review and for all your kind comments. You are sweet to read, review, and share. ❤

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      2. 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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      3. ❤ You are just too sweet, Karen. Happy Writing, my friend. ❤

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    2. Thanks for the comment, Molly. I can’t help smiling when I see your name pop up. Have a wonderful day, my friend. ❤

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  8. A wonderful review! And such a unique premise. This is on my TBR (now if I could just take a sabbatical to catch up …)

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Yes, there’s always that pull on our time. I’d planned to read why away taking care of my parents. What was I thinking???? Ha ha. Happy Writing, my friend.

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    2. Julie, somehow I missed your comment, and thank for you wonderful comment about my review of Diana’s great novel Catling’s Bane. You won’t regret reading. Karen 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. I feel so honored. Karen 🙂

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  9. Vashti Q says:

    Hello! Excellent review. Congratulations to Diana! 😀

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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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      1. Vashti Q says:

        That’s wonderful to know, Karen. Thank you. I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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      2. Vashti, Catling’s Bane, is a story that will capture your imagination. Karen 🙂

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      3. Thanks again, Karen, for reading and sharing your review. It still makes me smile! Have an awesome day and week ahead.

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      4. My pleasure, Diana!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by to read the whole review, Vashti. That’s sweet of you. Have a lovely day and Happy Writing! 😀

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      1. Vashti Q says:

        Thanks, Diana! Happy writing to you too! 😀

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