The Memory of Fire

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Jahan Korakides travels across the sea to the imperial capital to make an appeal for peace with Caeris in The Memory of Fire, the second installment of the Waking Land trilogy by Callie Bates. But Jahan encounters adversity and betrayal that leave him questioning the truth about his past and his friendships with others.

I purchased The Waking Land for myself before reading The Memory of Fire, and received a taste of Bates’s sprawling world. The first book’s heroine, Elanna, is compelling and conflicted, but her relationship with Jahan is uninspired. I was apprehensive about getting into a full story that relied solely on Jahan because their relationship seemed so tenuously grounded.

Not only does this book contain masterful world-building, the action and the dense political intrigue are engaging as well. While all of the political drama was happening, Jahan had to deal with his own inner struggle of being a sorcerer in a world where magic is outlawed as well as with the effects of manipulation he suffered as a child at the hands of a powerful sorceress.

I won’t spoil it, but the ending is wildly disappointing, to the point of almost canceling out my regard for its intricately assembled setting. There is one more book in this trilogy, and I’ll likely make an attempt to read it with the hopes that it resolves its issues.


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Author Callie Bates
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 448 pages
Publisher Del Rey
Publish Date 2018-Jun-05
ISBN 9780399177415
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Issue November 2018
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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