The Black Shade of White


Fiction - Fantasy - General
754 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2020
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Author Biography

My name is Renata Levy, although you will know me under my artistic nickname Cattleya.

I am a happy mother of two wonderful daughters. I have at my side an amazing man who is not only my husband, but above all my best friend. Three of my Glow-worms, as we call ourselves, support me very much and do everything to make my dream of writing come true.

I am an economist by education, although I still ask myself the question “How could this happen?” and despite the passage of time I can not find a satisfying answer. The situation with literature and history was completely different. Today I can say that it was “love at first sight”. I am very sorry that I “betrayed” and “married” the soulless economy, instead of remaining faithful to what made each day special and the inner sun shine in my private sky.

Since I finished my education, I have traveled a lot, and travels have had a huge impact on shaping my character and the perspective from which I look at the world around me.

Reading is my passion and my library looks like a small bookstore.

With my fantasy novel The Black Shade of White: Justice, I hope that the characters become a part of my readers lives and that it will allow them not only to transport themselves to another world, the fantasy world, but will make them stop for a moment and reflect upon the topics raised in it.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

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.

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.

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.


The Black Shade of White - Justice is more than a fiction novel. Of course, it has aspects of fiction, but in between real life stories and real life topics that actually matter. The plot literally engages you into wanting to keep reading, to an addictive extent I would say, but only in the good kind of way - the kind of way of not willing to put the book down, even though it is late at night and you know you have to do it, because the next morning you have to get up early, so you do it, but very unwillingly. Maybe it is also because it has a criminal aspect to it, and you just want to solve the mistery, as much as the main characters, and talking about characters... they are easy to fall in love with, to an extent that they might seem... real and you wish for them to be part of your life, or you of theirs. All of this, in between many more surprises that this novel will unwrap in front of you, while you will be discovering it’s secrets, and when you do and you finish reading it, you might feel... missing it and it’s characters already! That is the extent to which it will leave a mark in you. Never less, do not worry! It is a trilogy, so the second one is coming soon! The good thing is that in the meantime, you will be able to get back to the first one and explore it again, and the emotions, all the different emotions that you felt the first time when you read it, will come back and you will be able to feel and live them again, and again, every time discovering something more.