The Girl With the Rose Eye, and the Power to Change the World

catling's bane

4 out of 5 Stars

“Don’t trust anyone. We’re all influencers one way or another, aren’t we? Make up your own mind Catling, and mind yourself.”

What if, in a world of political unrest, you had no choice to obey? What if there were people who could control your very emotion to their bidding, who could use this “influence” even on the King himself to the point where the people don’t know who’s running the show.. and they possibly don’t care.

This is the world that Catling lives in. Society is broken into classes, with the poorest at the bottom tier and the rich at the top. The land is no longer shared, the land that was once free has been taken to own.

“In all three settlements, Ellegeans have extended their territory, built new walls, severed migration routes, cut forests, and damned rivers. The Farlanders have no rights within the settlements, and formal protests have made no difference. Our relationships are in shambles.”

The descriptions of the Civil unrest in this novel may strike close to home with our own situations, both in our present and our past, and was beautifully unfolded during the story.

“The mark on her eye looks like a rose. A little piece missing on a petal, but a rose, don’t you think?”

She discovers that, when looking through her “birth-marked” eye, she can see the work of the influencers and cut those strings to shield people from being blinded by their surroundings.

“The horror of the three bodies flooded her heart. She sank to the ground by the pigling’s fence and rested her head on her knees, breathing back a desire to retch. “Are you feeling sick from the sweets?” Whitt asked. “No.” She peered up and pointed across the market. “It’s that.” The look on his face told her nothing, his feelings pilfered, his smile hollow. She shifted her shield, cutting him free of the influencers’ touch. Whitt staggered backward, gasping. His gaze darted across the market in confusion before he stumbled behind the wagon and fell to his knees. Choking sobs blended with the hanging-day din.”

This, she learns quickly, is both a blessing and a curse. As she must hide who she is and keep out of the hands of those who wish to use her, or kill her so she can’t use her power.

“What you felt isn’t real, remember that. You can’t trust them, Catling; you can’t trust your feelings. Never forget that.”

This book was so fantastic! The characters were amazing. I’d like to give special notice to Tiler, the foul-mouthed Enforcer, who has a “Mouth full of butt nuggets, heart of gold” and I absolutely LOVED!

“Sodding cockthistles, Gan.” Tiler rested a hand on Catling’s shoulder. “Don’t scare us to death.”

“You’re a damn shaft-slapper, Gan,” Tiler shouted while Nial and two other guards restrained him. “Let me go, you bung-loving asspipes!”

But, all of the characters were wonderfully written and made you love them… which at times could lead to pain and heartache on the part of this reader. I will tell you right now, this story was very unexpected and could get very dark and sad on the turn of a dime, so be prepared for a very crazy ride!

If I had to talk about why it only got 4 stars and not 5, I will say that it is very definitely written with a series in mind, so there is a lot of talk of the political situations, the lay out of the lands, and the history of the people’s in general. It’s a lot to take in. But, it was painted very beautifully and I know it will lead to a very detailed thrilling conclusion! I can’t wait to find out what happens with Catling, Whitt and Gannon!

I can’t say enough about this book!! 

I will stop here so I don’t bore you all to death, but just know that I had about 30 more quotes that I really wanted to squeeze in to this review. So, read the book!

I had a write up about D. Wallace Peach for you all, but I know she’s a bit of an introvert (a woman after my own heart) so, I will spare you the names of her children and dog and just say that she is a fantastic person and a fantastic writer. I you would like to know more about her and her work, please check her out at


Amazon Author’s Page:


Twitter: @dwallacepeach


Catling’s Bane is Best Served With

A Rose Cocktail

So, in honour of Catling’s birthmark, I had to go with a Rose Cocktail… and because of the fact that there are so many variations on this cocktail, I actually made 2 different versions of it!

The English Rose

english rose


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce cherry Brandy or Kirsch


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass

The Rose Cocktail

rose cocktail


  • 1/2 oz Kirsch
  • 1 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 3 Dashes of Maraschino cherry syrup or strawberry syrup
  • Maraschino Cherry for garnish


  1. Same as cocktail above
  2. Garnish with Cherry
  3. Cheers!!






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    1. Lmao!! Oh, that guy made me laugh every time he opened his mouth. I’m sad I had to take out his quotes for my review on Amazon since their language Nazis and think everything is profanity or inappropriate and they wind up banning half my reviews. Lol! I guess I just have a foul mouth??

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  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Nicole. And the drink sounds fabulous – I just called my husband and told him to pick up some Kirsch. 🙂 I love it that you enjoyed Tiler’s foul mouth. I had a blast coming up with ridiculous swear words that sounded “normal” in the context. I ran them by an English writer to make sure I wasn’t being too offensive across the sea. Well, you really made my morning. I couldn’t be happier. Cheers!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed! I’m so happy I read it and I can’t wait to continue! Hope you like the drinks! I’m glad I’m on ‘staycation’ right now.. Allowed me to tell myself I wasn’t terrible for making them to post at 10am. Lol! I’m on vacation… It’s allowed! 😉

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      1. Enjoy your vacation. I’m near the tail end of the international date line, so when I post it’s often the afternoon, evening, or the next day in other parts of the world. I stopped worrying about it. 🙂 Thanks again for the great review, Nicole. Much appreciated!

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    1. Definitely check it out! There were so many other quotes I wanted to try to get in there! Her descriptions of the cities and such were so fantastic!
      “He walked to the tier’s edge and gazed across the ever-widening layers that petaled outward into shadowy markets hundreds of feet below. The moons cast an eerie light on the eldergreen forests and fields stained with freshly fallen snow. The Blackwater coursed through it all, an icy serpent winding to the distant sea.”
      She has a wonderful way with words, I could have gone on and on. Lol! It was also amazing how Whitt and Catling grow in this book. So, much happens that they start and end as very different characters. I can’t wait to grow with them more!

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