NEWS & EVENTS
5-Star Review from Readers' Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest, Review by Ruffina Oserio
Justice is the opening book in The Black Shade of White trilogy by Cattleya, a novel with a magical setting, phenomenal characters, and strong themes that are intelligently developed. The novel plunges the reader into a strife-ridden medieval Aragon where powerful forces are pitted against each other. In this novel, the author explores the proverbial struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, and creates situations that symbolize the perpetual clash of conflicting forces. But how can evil be defeated, and can truth outdo falsehood? To beat the Evil one can the Good become Evil?
From the opening pages, readers encounter strong characters like the Archangel, Surielith the Angelic Princess of Justice. She is one of those who have special access to the magical place in the Heavenly Kingdom, together with Gabriel, Rafael, Matatron, and Arakiel. She is in pain, held captive and under torture. But she is only starting on a path that is fraught with danger and Evil and the reader wonders if she can win. The Evil in Samael is growing more and more and it is eating into the hearts of the humans, condemning them for eternity. Can descending into the abyss offer the opportunity to beat Evil once and for all? The stakes are high, with murder rendered banal and life not something as sacred as we know it to be.
Justice by Cattleya is an inspirational novel filled with magical realism, a story that can be imagined as taking place on the spiritual plane. It is filled with action and readers can easily relate to the characters, even the Angelic Princess of Justice carries a unique birthmark, the little tattoo not made by human hands. I enjoyed the insightful writing and the numerous reflections on diverse topics, including life, death, love, justice, eternity, and meaning. The writing is highly descriptive, fluid, and the scenes are focused. This is a novel that quickly excites the imagination of the reader and gets them emotionally involved with the characters.
5-Star Review from Readers' Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest, Review by Rabia Tanveer
The Black Shade of White: Justice by Cattleya is the first novel in a series that focuses on the battle between good and evil inside us. The Kingdom of Heaven has immense weapons in the form of angels who are powerful beyond all imagination, but the Kingdom of Samael is powerful as well. The battle of good and evil is centuries old, but it is a never-ending battle. When the Father told His angels that there will come a time when they would have to protect the One who will bring justice to the world, they knew things were going to be rough. Once she appears, they will have to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. But how will the angels know who she is and where she is going to appear? Can they even keep her protected from the Evil that is bound to take root in the world sooner than they expect?
The flow of the story is fantastic; it is fast enough to keep you entertained but mellow enough to make sure you are able to easily digest everything that is happening. The plot is very complex, it is very intricate and allows the reader to delve deeper into the story and get lost in it. What I loved the most about The Black Shade of White: Justice by Cattleya was the suspense and thrill thoroughly ingrained in the story. I had no idea who the savior was going to be. There are plenty of characters and they are very complex, which adds to the depth and richness of the story. There are multiple sub- plots as well which makes me excited because I cannot wait to see how the author handles them in future novels. This is a great start to a series; it lays the foundations well and allows the reader to get enough background on everything so that as the story continues, they are able to get even more entertainment from it.
5-Star Review from Readers' Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest, Review by K.C. Finn
The Black Shade Of White: Justice is a work of multi-time-period and multi-location fantasy fiction penned by author Cattleya. In this opening novel to The Black Shade Of White trilogy, the concept of all-powerful love in the fight of good versus evil is explored across a wide range of real modern-day places and ethereal locations such as the Kingdom of Heaven. Angels and demons abound as they travel the world in search of wrongs to right, or indeed wrongs to create as it suits them. This visceral and highly visual novel is suitable for mature readers due to some graphic violent and sexual depictions.
One of the things I really liked about this opening novel was the attention to detail that author Cattleya puts into her scenes and characters, even from the incredible and painful events of the opening prologue. This sets the tone for a novel filled with suffering, often for the sake of love, but also of power and perseverance through adversity. There are many characters along the way and each has its own development, but this is very much an arc-driven tale that is going to take further books in the trilogy before it fully unravels. As a setup, it introduces us to incredible worlds with cinematic vistas, and the grim nature of humanity and the deeds it has allowed to be done to itself, God and the planet as a whole. Overall, The Black Shade Of White: Justice opens the door to a very exciting new world, one which holds much promise.
The Black Shade of White: Justice, by Cattleya to be presented at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020, 14-18.10.2020, Frankfurt, Germany
4-Star Review from Matt McAvoy Book Review
This extremely long tale starts off with a real air of epic fantasy about it, as we parry back and forth between the Heavenly Kingdom of the angels and northern Spain, at the turn of the 13thcentury. As the celestial beings come into conflict, and some fall, there is the promise of mighty things to come in this 750-page odyssey. After the opening quarter, however, we find ourselves in modern-day London for the duration of the book, which is perhaps a touch disappointing (no less for me than because I live there). From there, it becomes very difficult to place this book within a genre, as inhumanly virtuous Sophie and her friends investigate a spree of shockingly brutal murders, including dismemberment, decapitation, mutilation and inverted crucifixion, apparently carried out by the most Satanic of killers.
English is not Cattleya’s first language, but …Justiceis written absolutely beautifully. The grammar is flawless, the book polished to perfection, which is no mean feat for a work of well over a quarter of a million words! The prose is poetic throughout - in a way, perhaps a little more poetic than one would expect from its English cast, though this just goes to show how much more attractive the Polish turn of phrase probably is than our own; you can almost imagine the characters speaking beautifully in a European accent, which of course they aren’t. Sure, it is long, and for the most part, unnecessarily so, but Cattleya’s language makes it a pleasure to read, and despite the word count, I managed to soar through this book.
Cattleya deserves review stars, definitely, for the huge amount of work she has put into this book, both in its drafting and editing – it must have taken her years, and for this I applaud her hugely; the writing is stunning.
But, there are things about the book that I wasn’t too keen on, I must admit. It is extremely wordy, and important points can very easily be missed in its profound description and excessive dialogue. Moreover, whilst I know it is an important trait of the characters, the never-ending declarations of love became a little sickly, as does the continuous revelation of Sophie’s heavenly allure and perfection; repetition is always a risk in such a long book. The word count could easily be cut in half; a huge amount of the book is superficial or somewhat out of place. When …Justiceis good, and adhering to its ancient storyline, it is excellent - outstanding, in fact; but the rest of it ruined the experience a little, for me. It becomes very difficult to know if we have veered into the romance genre – erotica, even – or worse still, pure glossy chick-lit. The sex scenes seem overly vivid at times, and there were perhaps a few too many to take the book as seriously as we could be. Worse than this, though, is the extensively detailed life of opulent luxury the main characters lead – I didn’t really see the relevance of it, other than to show that they were rich. The shopping sprees and boutique scenes sometimes felt absurd, and read more like the product copy in the highest-end luxury catalogue. I have to admit, this whole fairytale Fifty Shades of Billionaireaspect to the book really threw me from what was important, and personally I think …Justicewould have been hugely improved without it. I love books which cross genres, for sure, but whilst historical fiction and fantasy may cross well with crime thrillers - and perhaps even with romance - I’m not so sure about erotica and Chelsea gloss.
Still, an outstanding piece of work, and undeniably something of a triumph by the author; I do wish her huge success with it, because I have rarely come across one which worked so hard on a book.
Sophie Bright, by McKenzie Austin
I am delighted to share with you, pictured for the first time, the main character of The Black Shade of White trilogy, SOPHIE!
Art created by McKenzie Austin (http://www.treethatgrewthroughiron.com) as price in the contest I have won on the 2nd of April 2020 on Twitter.
What an incredible experience, to see with my own eyes, how someone else pictures a Sophie that is no longer only mine. What an incredible experience, to be able to share it, for all of you to see her too!