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Book Review: “Catling’s Bane,” by D. Wallace Peach


The layers of this fascinating

and mysterious book,

“Catling’s Bane,”

by  author and my

fellow blogging friend,

D. Wallace Peach

will surround you,

fill your mind,

and then the book

may just haunt or

bewitch you through

the wordsmith’s talent of

building another universe. In her

plot, both convincing you already

are immersed in this memorable

location, as you start to sink into

a hardscrabble existence. You live

within a whole different world

where the “Influencers” make

Hanging Day an enjoyable event.

Healing may come from the

touch of a person’s mind or a

gentle passing of their hand over

a gaping wound caused by the 

prevalent, controlling “enforcers”

and tier guards who patrol the

levels of this tough existence.

The murky, muddy waters are

clarified and truth’s light

will shine, as the presence 

of the “Founder” is their 

higher force to believe in,

help explains the unfairness, as

well as the good fortunes present.

Catling is born in a “tier” which

is humble and where fear is part

of her lowly life’s driving force.

Huge pylons hold up the levels in

this world called, Ellegeance. You

will want to feast your eyes on the

countryside, passing patchwork fields

and towering Fangwold Mountains.

You will become excited, as heading

to a celebration and city fair, when

you visit the colorful marketplace

and possibly sense the “influence.”

An effervescence comes from

a frightening, powerful force

which may or may not make

you wish to escape it. . .

unless you have a “shield” to 

prevent becoming entrenched here.

🌾 🏞  🌲 🏔 🌳 🌱

 The author includes an illustrated map

which will help you to picture where

winding Blackwater and Slipsilver

rivers weave their power, 

combining darkness in

creatures called fierce “crajeks”

and benevolence in “waterdragons.” 

There’s lightness in the luminescence,

more visible in the evening. Glowing

and natural elements provide

scaffolding and become part

of the driving forces, almost as if

it is an overwhelming character.

Catling’s environment is one

of her challenges, along with her

rose-shaped birthmark. It has the

possibility of being a source of

attraction or discrimination.

Raker’s character has “slanted

green eyes and three-fingered

hands.”  He is considered of 

mixed heritage, one of many

uniquely described people.

Keela is the miserable mother 

of sweet Catling;  while Farrow, 

Vianne and Wenna appear in 

this unfolding tale, becoming

at times her maternal figures.

Characters provide guidance

in some form or other

throughout the book,

providing comfort and 

protection for her.

Raker and Gannon

are grown men of

dubious character ~ you

may be the judge of that!

The reader’s inner warnings 

“against” or affectionate 

leanings “for,” appeal

to your decision-making skills.

You’ll find Whitt and other 

young children to be amused,

(Rabbit and Bruiser among them)

during Catling’s younger years.

They’ll reappear later to play

a part in her adulthood.

This book entertains during

Catling’s journey of growth and 

development, ultimately she finds 

her true path. Will she choose to

lead her life using the power

of her “shield” for good?

x x x x x x x

It is a satisfying, captivating

book which will excite you,

knowing this is part of what 

D. Peach Wallace calls, 

“The Rose Shield Tetralogy.”

*~ Catling’s Bane

** ~ Oathbreakers’ Guild

*** ~ Farlanders’ Law

**** ~ Kari’s Reckoning.

Just when you reluctantly close

this enchanting book it will 

bring a sense of relief to

know, there’s more 

tales to be told!

I would give Diana’s

book, “Catling’s Bane,”

five stars of five.


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Please check out 

Ms. Wallace’s 

first book

of this series 

which will lead 

you to engage in realms 

of fertile imagination found

in my dear friend, Diana’s mind!

Here’s her blog:


Along with this book series,

you will find the Dragon

Soul Quartet and her originals:

“The Melding of Aeris,”


“The Bone Wall”

and “The Sorcerer’s Garden.”


The book and painting background

photograph were taken by this

blog author, Robin O.Cochran.

Artwork was painted at age

16, by Caroline M. Crain.

She’s my oldest daughter

who came back from

Ecumenical Youth Group

from helping out a church group

put a metal roof on a recreational 

center in West Virginia. (1996)

Surreal Nature


There have been some recent 

video games where colors

and fantasy terrains show

worlds  or  interiors

of surreal content:

Breath of the Wild,

Legend of Zelda,

Splatoon and


The fantasy parts

and other worlds usually

have an “earthly reference.”*
~ ~ 🤖   👾  👽 ~ ~
*This is according to my two

grandsons, Skyler and Micah.