Colleen’s Book Reviews – “Catling’s Bane”

Catling’s Bane is FREE today and tomorrow on Amazon.
If you have a hankering for a little fantasy, it’s a great time to tuck a copy away.

It’s been a wonderful week for this book, and the timing of Colleen Chesebro’s kind review couldn’t have been better. Colleen is the author of The Heart Stone Chronicles, a YA paranormal fantasy series. I encourage readers to browse her site and check out her books.  I send her hugs and smiles through the airways for taking the time to read, review, and share Catling’s Bane on her blog. Doing a happy dance.

Here’s Colleen’s review:

It is the darkest night, and the city of Mur-Vallis is shrouded in fog. Raker, the slant-eyed, three-fingered half-fen, half-human loiters near the dock as if possibly summoned there by the mysterious luminescence that flows through the rivers and streams of the planet. Before this night is done, Raker will save the young child, Catling, whose future will be intertwined with his own in ways neither he nor she ever imagined.

The mystical Farlanders, the original inhabitants of the planet before the Ellegeans, came across to me as the natives, in tune with the natural rhythms of the planet. For me, these beings were reminiscent of the creatures in the movie, Avatar. They lived off the land and followed their nature-based customs believing in the kari, the natural spirits of the planet. However, the Farlanders and their magic posed a threat to the Ellegeans, and when they took power, these folk were tortured and slaughtered as spectacles of entertainment for the people.

The Ellegeans establish an order where the lowliest are born in the bottoms, and where those with the most power abide in the highest levels of the cities. The Influencers’ Guild, a secretive, closed society within Ellegean, holds control over the tiers by flexing their power to manipulate emotions. The Guild’s influence is so subtle that the people have no idea they are controlled from the lowliest to the top, including the King.

Except for Catling, who possesses a rose-colored birthmark encircling her eye which allows her to block the “influence” from affecting the people. This magical ability allows her to see the threads of influence that binds the people. Catling’s ability is a bane to power as well as a boon. The Guild wants her dead, and Catling becomes a pawn in the hands of those wielding power because Catling will never be free of who she is.

Catling’s Bane qualifies as epic fantasy meeting the three qualifications: It is a trilogy or longer, it encompasses many years, and it includes a universe filled with backstory where the saga takes place. This book was my first introduction to D. Wallace Peach’s writing, and I must say I feel like a gushing fan. The writing is superb with descriptions that fly from the page plunking the reader into the midst of this mysterious world. Seldom have I found writing this engaging.

Fantasy and science fiction lovers will applaud the detail in the world of Ellegean. I took my time reading, relishing the characters and the magic that breathed from the author’s written words. I encountered two issues – I couldn’t put the book down, and I dreamed of this far away world every night. I loved the story so much; I’ve already bought the second novel in the series.

If you love epic fantasy/science fiction…

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103 thoughts on “Colleen’s Book Reviews – “Catling’s Bane”

  1. OK, so I know this is a weird thing to pick up on but all the same: that is an absolutely beautiful piece of cover artwork. the mysterious purple really sets it apart alongside the elaborate metal work feel.

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  2. mnaumann2261 says:

    Great review! Looks like one I need to pick up, thanks for sharing

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by to check out the review, Michael. Colleen was so kind to read and review and of course I was thrilled. If you get a chance to pick up the book, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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    • Michael, I can’t get to your site to visit. Your WP link doesn’t work and you don’t have a link with your gravatar. Please give them a look so people can visit you! Hope this helps. Let me know if you need a hand. 🙂

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      • Michael says:

        Hi, thanks for the attempt to visit! Blue host was having issues earlier and I had to submit a ticket with their tech support. Everything has been updated and appreciate the offer! More posts to come soon.

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  3. smilecalm says:

    happy to hear
    of your hard earned
    accomplishment 🙂

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  4. What a wonderful review if your book by Colleen! I grabbed a copy and look forward to read it as soon as I’ve finished Simon Beckett’s “The restless dead”. 😊
    Have a lovely day, Diana! ❤

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Sarah. I’m just thrilled that you picked up a copy for when time allows. Colleen’s review was so enthusiastic, and I was honored that she took the time. Thanks for stopping by to read. 🙂

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  5. Awesome review! I can’t wait to dig into it. The Bone Wall was great, and I’m looking forward to this one 🙂

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  6. Antonia says:

    Fantastic Diana, congratulations! What a wonderful review!

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  7. Tina Frisco says:

    Colleen’s reviews are outstanding. She has a knack for capturing the essence of a story ❤

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  8. A fabulous review, Diana. Congratulations!
    I have this on my Kindle and looking forward to it. Cheers! 🙂

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  9. Amazing ! Fantastic review Diana, congratulations 🙂

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  10. Wonderful, Diana, a great review! Congrats and thanks for your kind thoughts… 🙂

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  11. Downloaded the book and can’t WAIT to check it out!!

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  12. Teri Polen says:

    Fantastic review, Diana – congrats! I’ve had your book in my TBR for a while – need to get to it soon.

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  13. Reblogged this on FreeValley Publishing and commented:
    I highly recommend this book and series… Free Today! Don’t miss it!

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  14. Excellent review. Echoes my sentiments exactly – including buying the 2nd book immediately. I’m reading Book II now.

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  15. Greedyeats -Neha says:

    Excellent review. I am sure to get this book after reading your wonderful write up!

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    • It was very kind of Colleen to read and put all this thought into a review. I couldn’t have been happier. Thanks for stopping by to read, and if you ever decide to give the read a try, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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  16. Wow! Colleen’s review is so right on, which is no easy feat because your book (and Catling) is full of complexity and layers of action and suspense. Well done! 👏

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  17. I would eat chocolate (which gives me headaches) for a review like that. Nicely, from my experience, it’s all true.

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  18. What a delightful surprise, and fantastic review! I simply devoured all the other books I have of yours (the real ones on my bookshelf) and look forward to cozying up to this one on my Kindle app! And because I can’t start a series without finishing it, you can look forward to sales of the next ones to me my friend! 🙂

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  19. Well deserved, my friend. Catling’s Bane is terrific and I am thoroughly enjoying it!

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  20. Reblogged this on The Life & Times of Zoe the Fabulous Feline and commented:
    Colleen’s review of this wonderful book is spot on!

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  21. fierybooks says:

    Phenomenal post. I just followed you.

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  22. Lovely review. So looking forward to this one. ❤

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  23. hsampson says:

    wow wonderful review and very well deserved comments D! Congrats!

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  24. Steven Baird says:

    Congratulations, Diana. What a glorious review! 🙂

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  25. Mae Clair says:

    Congrats on such an excellent review, This is on my Kindle and my TBR. Wishing you many downloads.
    And wishing myself more time for reading 😉

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  26. paulandruss says:

    This is a excellent review by Colleen, Diana and one that does full justice to the richness and complexity of the world you created. I have my copy and look forward to reading it.

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  27. Reblogged this on The Association of Merry Makers and commented:
    Always up for sharing a free book. Don’t know much about this one though (Mike)

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  28. Fabulous review! Sharing… xo

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  29. reocochran says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Colleen’s review of your book, Diana! She included some elements which are interesting and deep into the plot line, too. Congratulations on another fantastic review and continued best wishes for your books.

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  30. arlene says:

    Congratulations. what a lovely review 🙂

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  31. Wonderful review, Diana…congratulations!

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  32. balroop2013 says:

    What a brilliant review Diana! Congratulations.

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  33. A great review Diane, and well deserved. I am making my way through a number of books I have in paperback or on kindle and look forward to reading this. Very excited about it. ❤

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  34. What a glowing review! I have Catling’s Bane on my Kindle TBR. Looking forward to an enjoyable read.

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  35. A.P. says:

    Reblogged on Twitter and Google Plus.

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  36. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, a fantastic review of your book – congratulations! Colleen’s feelings about your writing echo my own. Congratulations also on your book doing well this week. I have this on my kindle and look forward to reading once everything calms down! I’ve never read so little as in the past few months and that is something I do miss! Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday. xx

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    • Thank you, Annika. I’m so eager to hear about what you think. And I laughed at your comment about the drop off in your reading… Welcome to authorhood! It’s time-consuming. I’m trying to read more this year and love it. Have a wonderful week, my friend. ❤

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  37. How can I resist after a review like this …

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  38. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wonderful review. Congrats!

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  39. Thanks, I got it, Diana. 🙂

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