Book of the Month… Catling’s Bane

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There are few online surprises quite as delightful as popping onto WP in the morning and finding an unexpected review of your book.

Or better yet, that your creation has earned a little limelight. I was grinning on Monday morning when I discovered Catling’s Bane was selected as Book of the Month on Kevin Cooper’s – KC Books and Music.

He wrote a lovely review earlier in July:

 

 

 

Already a great fan of D. Wallace Peach’s work it came as no surprise to find myself fully engrossed in each chapter as I read through this first installment of The Rose Shield. Any story that starts with hanging day is bound to bait the reader to some extent, but with her usual storytelling skills, Peach completely hooks and reels you in. The story is complex, the characters are strong, and the creatures are fantastic. The powers wielded for good and evil are unique. There seems to be no limitations to D. Wallace Peach’s ability to write gripping fantasy. I cannot even imagine what the next great installment will bring.

Thanks, Kevin!

A couple other bloggers have added to the smiles:

D. Wallace Peach creates an utterly original, lush and cohesive world inhabited by well-developed and multi-dimensional characters we instantly care about (even the minor ones), all the more so as the plot unfolds. And what a plot it is — no copycat fiction or cliche devices here. The concept of “influence” as an accepted part of life is not only entertaining but thought provoking; and the author’s attention to detail on how influence works grabs hold and will thrill true high fantasy readers who value intelligent rationale for magic. All I can say is … prepare to lose some sleep over this one. And the final chapter leads to a cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for Book II.

I am a lifelong reader of fantasy, and out of what I’d guess to be nearly 1,000 books read to date, this book series is in my top five. Catling’s Bane is easily on par with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle series), Karen Miller (the “Mage” series) and Glenda Larke (Stormlord series). I’m confident that many readers will, like me, add this one to their top shelf.

Kevin reviewed Erik’s book: The Best Advice So Far (also a book of the month feature).

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In D. Wallace Peach’s Catling’s Bane, the first installment in the Rose Shield trilogy, the young Catlin lives in a world of poverty, repression, and inhumanity. When still a toddler, her mother sells her for whatever she can get, which is where Catling’s life looks up. Her new family is loving, caring, humane, with a family pig business that requires working children to run. They sell their piglets at a weekly market which coincides with hanging days–when the overflow residents of the prison are hanged to make room for others. To make this acceptable to the population, the ruling class uses ‘influencers’ to throw a web of happiness and contentment out over everyone in the crowd. People–even family members–gleefully watch their friends and neighbors killed. But Catling has the power to break that web, penetrate it, and allow others to see the horror of murder lurking below the pleasant emotions. When stakeholders on both sides of this system find out she has this ability, her life changes forever.

What an excellent start to this trilogy. The characters are strong. The passion obvious. The plot addicting. Peach’s ability to weave words into glorious pictures of events and places is perfectly matched to the fantasy world she has created. The details of this environment are exquisite and believable:

“Riverfolk moored up at the docks with skiffs bearing buckets of silver eels and glass bottles dense with luminescence. Ferries plied their way up from Ava-Grea delivering merchants and travelers from distant tiers. Pulled by waterdragons, the vessels bucked the swift current. The creatures’ green-scaled heads reared through the surface, tapered snouts sprayed clouds of mist, and fins stroked the water like wings. The voyage complete, tall rivermasters with white hair flowing like waterfalls beckoned the creatures in. They slipped off tethering ropes, and the waterdragons dove.”

Highly recommended to anyone who loves fantasy adventure and big dreams.

Kevin reviewed Jacqui’s book: Twenty-four Days just this week.

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If you’re intrigued…

Catling’s Bane will be free this weekend.  ❤

135 thoughts on “Book of the Month… Catling’s Bane

  1. […] via Book of the Month… Catling’s Bane — Myths of the Mirror […]

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  2. […] via Book of the Month… Catling’s Bane — Myths of the Mirror […]

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  3. Awesome! And, yes, I’m intrigued. And cool that it is (was) free. And I’m late to the party. And it doesn’t matter because I’ve had this since it came out. Just looking for some time to read it. 💖💖💖

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  4. OF COURSE you need to share these amazing fabulous well-deserved reviews. I saw some of them on Amazon when I downloaded Catling’s Bane a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to get to it – had hoped this month, but my God, it’s already the 17th. I need some fabulous fantasy in my life, so I’ll get to it soon!! xoxox

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    • Thank you! I so hope you enjoy the book. And yes! Summer is racing by in a wink! We’re starting to haul and stack wood for the winter. Yikes. Be sure to enjoy some of what remains of the warm weather. ❤

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  5. Nice reviews, congratulations!

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  6. bpsenapati says:

    Congratulations Diana!

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  7. inesephoto says:

    I have read all the books, just didn’t have a chance to tell you how amazing they are! I could barely wait for the next book to be released 🙂 Thank you for the story that kept my mind off things 🙂

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  8. Vashti Q says:

    Great interviews, Diana! I’m even more excited now to begin reading this book. It’s on my TBR and I should be able to get to it soon. Congratulations and wishing you continued success! 😀 xx

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  9. Val Boyko says:

    A well written books deserves such well written reviews! Well done Diana 😎

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    • Thanks so much for the kind comment, Val. I’m grateful to all the bloggers, writers, and readers who take the time to leave reviews, and it was time for a little celebration. Have a wonderful, peaceful week. ❤

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  10. This post, and those reviews, encouraged me to download the novel. I don’t really read ‘traditional’ fantasy, but my very positive experience with the work of @ACFlory , coupled with my love of Margaret Atwood is making me a little more adventurous. I’m hoping to love it and then buy the whole series. thank you.
    (NB – will need to convert it to KOBO format 😉 ).

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  12. Wonderful reviews! Very well done. 😊

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  13. I’ve said this quite a few times before D. but I’ll say it again just in case. I’m a D. Wallace Peach groupie, and I’m proud of it.

    Congrats on the continued recognition for all of the magic you bring into our lives!

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  14. Woo-hoo! Well deserved reviews, D! I’m so far behind in everything I think I’m first, but the Rose Shield seris is on my TBR toward the top. Congrats! So, you thinking about anything in particular for your next project?

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    • The magic system has to do with “swallowing” the soul of a loved one when he or she dies. Or purchasing one to “swallow” from a responsitory.
      I should have had the outline done already – um, NOT, but it’s coming along. 🙂 Thanks for the cheers, Julie. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Wow Diana, this is wonderful and so special. Congratulations on your great reviews. Happy writing 🙂 x

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  16. Awesome! I will have to check your book out!

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  17. acflory says:

    Congratulations! This is the best kind of surprise. 😀

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  18. Congratulations! It so good to receive great feedback for your work. 👏👏

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  19. Congratulations, Diana…. so pleased for you. Have a wonderful weekend! 😃

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  20. Joanne Sisco says:

    I had to go back into my reading list (which now has over 40 outstanding books on it) because I assumed your new book was on there … and to my surprise it wasn’t! It appears there was a misalignment between my intention and my actions – consider it fixed!!

    btw – congrats. Your writing deserves all the good press 🙂

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  21. Hearty congrats to you! And well-deserved. I can say that truthfully as one who has read this book and several of your others. You have a talent.

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    • Thanks, Jacqui. It was a pleasure to share your review, too, and to link up to Kevin’s review of Twenty-four Days. Reviewers, yourself included, are a writer’s dream. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  22. It’s a lovely review, and well deserved, Diana. I can’t wait to get some “me time” to read it. Also, I compliment all your covers. Great choices to coordinate series, and right for the genre. This one is no exception. Shine on, my friend. Hugs.

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  23. Congratulations on the awesome reviews, Diana. No surprise! 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend.

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  24. Brilliant work Diana! And yes… I am intrigued!

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  25. Jennie says:

    Wonderful, Diana!

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  26. Thrilled to share these awesome reviews, Diana! Your writing is superb and I’m looking forward to reading the series. 🙂 xo

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  27. Excellent! Congrats, Diana!

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  28. Congrats on your wonderul reviews Diana.:)

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  29. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Those are fabulous reviews, and very well deserved. Congrats! (Now I’m feeling guilty about slacking on the reviewing front recently.)

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    • Thanks for your review too, Alecia! You’ll see when your book comes out how wonderful a great review feels. Even a couple sentences is a gift. How is the book coming along?

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      • A.S. Akkalon says:

        You’re very welcome. The sequel is now second on my TBR list – I want to be inspired by your beautiful descriptions. 🙂

        My book is coming along great, though I still have a long way to go. I got some excellent feedback from my CP, which led to a major structural rewrite, but the book will come out so much stronger, so I’m happy no matter how long it takes. Thanks for asking!

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  30. Congratulations D. those are wonderful reviews! I now wish I had a larger book budget and more time for reading! 🙂

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  31. Congratulations, Diana, on these fabulous reviews. Thank you for sharing them and reminding me of this book.

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  32. Ali Isaac says:

    Fabulous reviews, Diana, and very well deserved! Waking up to great reviews like that really puts a sparkle in your day.

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  33. dgkaye says:

    Congrats Diana! I do know what you mean about finding those lovely little surprises! 🙂 x

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  34. iArtichokeu says:

    I’m still in the process of reading this. Loving it! I’m such a slow reader haha

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  35. How wonderful, Diana. You simply rock 🙂

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  36. Teri Polen says:

    Wonderful reviews, Diana – looking forward to reading it!

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  37. in says:

    I agree, congratulations!

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  38. WOW! Those are awesome reviews! I know I owe you several, but I don’t want to rush with writing reviews. I finished the last of the six books I had of yours last week, and I’m dying for more, lol. I’ll be in touch when I have more time… xoxoxo

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    • You’re a sweetheart, Kathryn. Yay! And no need to sweat over reviews, even a line or two is marvelous! I am immensely appreciative. Enjoy the last weeks of summer, and don’t inhale too much wildfire smoke. They’ll be plenty of rainy days ahead for reading. 😀

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  39. balroop2013 says:

    Congratulations Diana…wishing you great success.

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  40. Mae Clair says:

    Oooh, I must add this to my TBR! Your writing is pure poetry. The imagery invoked in that closing paragraph positively sings off the screen.

    Congrats on being the Book of the Month at Kev’s place. That’s fabulous!

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  41. Cloud Walker says:

    just bought it, will enjoy it soon!😊

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  42. This is wonderful, Diana! Congratulations and best wishes for continued success. 🙂

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  43. Caleb says:

    Great work, Diana! I have read a lot of positive reviews about your work. I will DEFINITELY be adding this to the list of books to read and review myself and it will be pushed right to the top (especially with you saying it will be free this weekend)!!! We have not been online friends long, but I appreciate your writing, your view of the world and your kindness which is apparent. Very excited to read your books and I’m happy you are receiving much deserved acclaim!

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    • Thanks, Caleb. I would be thrilled and honored, of course, and I hope the book/series lives up to the hype. Ha ha. I’m also delighted with our connection here in blogland and look forward to seeing your posts pop up in my email. Thanks for the morning smile and have a great day. 🙂

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  44. Congrats, Diana!🌹

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  45. How wonderful and so deserved. I am happy for you.

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  46. Antonia says:

    Congratulations Diana! How wonderful!

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  47. Dawn D says:

    Question: from what age is this book/series suitable?

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  48. babbitman says:

    Just approaching the end of Oathbreaker’s Guild. Tremendous writing, as usual! I’m gripped. And you know how sometimes a character coalesces in your mind into a particular actor? In my head Jagur is a slightly older Idris Elba and Vianne is a somewhat younger Helen Mirren. 🙂

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    • Oh, I love how you visualize the characters, Nick, and I’m glad Oathbreakers’s Guild is holding your attention. Things continue to escalate through the series, so there’s much fun ahead (I sure hope!). I imagine you’re having a busy summer since I haven’t seen any posts in a while. I hope it all fun and frolicking. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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      • babbitman says:

        Ack! I know, I really must get some things on the old blog. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks in France and Tegan has turned 21 and Natalie was 18 a couple of days ago. Must stop watching the World Athletics Championships and get writing!
        And you KNOW that these stories are more than holding my attention. This series is damn fine! 😀

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        • How lovely to be able to just up and visit France – a wonderful thing about Europe, I imagine – so much culture, history, and international beauty is relatively close. And, wow, you are almost empty-nesters! What are you going to do with all the free time? Ha! Enjoy the last few weeks of summer – there will be all winter to write. 😀

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          • babbitman says:

            Yes, Austria last year, with brief trips into Italy (Bolzano) and Germany (Neuschwanstein castle, the prototype for the Disney fairytale castle). This year we visited my great-grandad’s war grave (killed July 1918), Lille, Brittany (during Bastille Day), Normandy (Mont St Michel, Bayeux & the tapestry, Falaise & William the Conquerer’s castle and various museums) and finally Le Touquet (nice seaside resort).
            Next year, possibly Switzerland. And we’ve bought a tent. More on this later…
            😉

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  49. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Some great reviews for D. Wallace Peach’s book. Congratulations, Diana. 🙂 — Suzanne

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