Book Review: Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)


Title: Catling’s Bane (The Rose Shield Book 1)

Author: D. Wallace Peach

Length:Β 310 pages


Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

When I finished this book, instead of instantly knowing what was going to write about in my review, I pretty much turned caveman mode and felt like rushing to all my friends, grabbing them each by the arms and yelling “THIS BOOK. YOU ALL READ. MUST. NOW!”


5starMy Rating: 5 Lit Fireflies

I absolutely LOVED this book! I’ve been pretty busy as of last month, because of some medical healing issues, and was unable to read for long periods of time. I did however read this book every chance I was free, and only this book. In a way I am grateful for the long progress, because I got to savor every beautiful and exciting moment this book had to offer. Instead of binge reading it (which I totally could have), I got to take my time and wonder what will happen next. I did not want this book to end, though I am happily reassured I have much more to read since this is the first book out of four.

Catling, born beneath the city, has a life kind of like a roller coaster of both excitement, and heartbreak. Ah man, the heartbreak. Surrounded by Influencers able to manipulate emotion and inflict pleasure or pain. Her lowly status means little, as she has an ability that is able to disrupt them. An ability that can cause so much disorder that she could later be feared. She has so much growing up to do though, age wise. So much for her to learn.

There will be various characters introduced. Catling, obviously being the main. But the others get their spotlight as well. I usually feel as though new characters get hardly any introductions in other stories, as though they are some kind of fodder. I end up lacking imagination, and picture a blur of the character. Well, not in this book! I remember the majority of the characters. I absolutely love how I can clearly imagine them all. They live in a fantasy world that will get your imagination going. Yet you are reminded that any mistake may cost them their lives. I was unable to predict most moments, because anything is possible in this beautiful yet brutal world.

D. Wallace Peach wrote such amazing descriptions that the only way I can rate them is near perfection. Her writing is filled with so much originality, that I’m already looking at her other books. After I’m done with The Rose Shield, I’m going to visit her other worlds. Seriously, I got addicted.

Catling’s adventure is just starting, and I am beyond excited that this was just the first book. I feel as though I am there, watching her grow up and progress through the ages. Feeling every emotion she is going through. Even under the influence.

I’m so glad I was gifted a copy of it by the author. Though ofcourse, my review is honest. I’ve already ordered Oathbreakers’ Guild (The Rose Shield Book 2). It feels as though I was invited to another world. I will most likely take my time reading this series, because I loved spoiling myself with it. Its kind of like that feeling of tasting something truly delicious. A cake that was baked for you by someone for example. That one cake the was made with perfection. Eating it all at once because it was SO good gives you the feeling of questioning why you just did that. You want more. The taste is always the best in small portions, because you’ll want more later, and if there is none for later, then you’re out of luck. You can try to seek another cake that looks the same, but will it taste exactly the same as the one that was baked for you? Noooooo. Take your time enjoying the amazing piece of art.

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  1. I found this book reviewed over on ReadingMinds, and they said that I’d find another great review over here. I came, and lo and behold, they weren’t lying! Already added it to my TBR–how can I not with such enthusiastic praise? Plus, someone said fans of Brandon Sanderson would like it, and I happen to be just that. Looking forward to this read!

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    1. Thanks for coming over and for the awesome compliment Chauncey! Glad you found this book! This is book I’m still not afraid to recommend to others. To date, it’s still my favorite read. I’ve yet to complete the series because I’ve been busy with author requests, but I can say with 100% honestly, that I’m always thinking about this series. LOL. Pretty much every time I finish a book, this series comes to mind. Seriously looking forward to reading it again.

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  2. A wonderful bubbly review written with such passion and enthusiasm. Wow! I feel as if you’ve grabbed my arm and can hear you loud and clear! I loved your description of your feelings for the book and particularly the final paragraph…this books has been on my TBR for a while, your review has moved it way up! Well done and enjoy the rest of the series. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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      1. I believe the chances are good I will like it because I appreciate excellent writing and have a lot of confidence you will live up to my expectations. Thank you so much for posting my muse essay on your site. I am so grateful for your generosity. XO

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      1. If we match my old brain with your old brain, anything is possible πŸ˜‰
        However, I’m pretty sure I told you I got the book … but in fairness to you, it’s been sitting on my virtual reading pile for a while. It’s just recently bubbled up to the top … and I’m enjoying every minute of it πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m doing well. I had a lot of fun making the fireflies, haha. I’ve been working on a few other things for my blog as well, but will continue to work on them when I’m all better. Yes! I’m so excited to visit her other worlds. So much more to read.

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  3. You’ll love books 2 & 3 – awesome story telling. And by book 4… I’ve just passed halfway and am completely gripped by the characters and their struggles. It’s setting up for a big ending and I’m going to be forlorn when it’s all over!

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      1. It’s going pretty well so far! In some ways, I was a bit surprised that, when certain things came to a head in Book 4, I was only halfway through! But I liked that – more story to get through and once I thought about it, an obvious political hurdle to overcome. πŸ™‚

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  4. Rob, so glad you got sucked into this one. It was hard leaving; I envy you to still be in the exploratory stage and wondering, What’s coming?

    I have been a “cave-man” in telling others about it as well. ;D

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      1. Wow, that’s great to hear! I have a feeling I’ll be saying something similar when I finish. I have much to look forward to. I’m excited to have much more to read, until I reach the ending.

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  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Rob. I’m over the moon that you enjoyed it and are eager to get started on the next. What a great endorsement. It makes all the hard work worth the effort. I hope that the adventure continues with the same excitement. Again, I appreciate the time and effort you put into the book and review. And I’m glad you’re feeling better. Stay healthy, my friend.

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    1. Thanks man! Yeah I’m healing now. Chest problems, added with my right arm. I can’t do heavy lifting nor many daily activities. Couldnt even hold a book. I’ve always been an energetic person, so doing nothing every day is bother, haha. It was a numbing pain but a burn now. I think I’ll be fully recovered in a couple weeks.

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      1. Thanks! Yeah, a little day by day but way better than weeks ago. I get motivated when the pain is hardly noticeable. Which is much more often now. I was so desperate to read that I displayed the Kindle on my TV and scrolled through the pages with my remote, hahaha. I can hold my paperwhite now though, so it’s all good.

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