The layers of this fascinating
and mysterious book,
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
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)