Author: D. Wallace Peach
Length: 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!”
My 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.