Review of Cathadeus by Jeff J. Peters

Ever since I discovered the wonderful world of magic thanks to J.K. Rowling, fantasy books have always held a special space in my heart and mind. I'm always interested in reading about magical or mystical creatures, places, or situations because it gives us something more than just words on paper -- it piques our imagination and draws us into another dimension.

This is exactly why I was excited when given the opportunity to read and review Cathedeus, I jumped on it right away. And boy am I glad I did. Let's jump to my review.

Title:  Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author:  Jeff J. Peters
Genre:  Fantasy, YA Fiction
Published By:  Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date:  Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer


It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .


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Let me start off by saying that the synopsis of this book does not give the story justice at all. Cathadeus is such a well-written book that takes place in a beautifully thought of world that I was reminded of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings in that the author managed to bring a mythical place to life so wonderfully. The author describes each scene so vividly in every sentence that envisioning yourself in that place and time is not at all difficult. 

I, for one, do not shy away from violence when it comes to novels, so I was quite excited at the number of battles and fight scenes this book had to offer. The story was fast-paced so there were no dull moments that made me want to skip a page. Now the main character, I believe Brax developed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end, and not just because of the new abilities he discovered, but also as a person. But we must remember that this is book one in a series and obviously Jeff J. Peters intends to pace his characters so there would still be growth to look forward to in the following instalments. 

I don't want to give much away about the plot or storyline, as I usually do with my other reviews of books in this genre because I know for a fact that reading this novel is so much more satisfying than hearing it from me.


Cathadeus is the kind of story that would occupy your thoughts days after you finish reading it. You just can't help but imagine yourself thrust into that world and be part of the good fight, so to speak. This is truly a fantastic first part of an exciting series that I look forward to reading. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy being taken on a grand adventure filled with mystical creatures, magic and battles. 


What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

 “Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.


JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.



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  1. Thanks very much for the terrific review of Cathadeus. Really glad that the story kept your interest and that you found the world rich enough to remind you of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. Thanks for the great compliment!

    1. It's my pleasure! I look forward to reading more of your work.


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