Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

***I was granted an ARC of this from NetGalley and Ballantine Del Rey.  All opinions and thoughts are my own honest views.***

The cover on this book was the first thing that drew my attention and then once I read the description I knew I had to read it.  This was a very good book. This is the first book by author Callie Bates and it is a fantastic start.  The book itself is much longer than I had thought ( 32 chapters plus a prologue and epilogue) it would be but it moved at such a steady pace that I hardly noticed.

Lady Elanna was stolen from her home as a very young child in what was a cleverly orchestrated political move.  She is taken because she is Caerisian and her father is key in leading a revolt against a neighboring country.  She is taken to the palace of  Antoine Eyrlai, the King of Eren and her captor.  He raises her for 14 years as if she is his own daughter. She is given all the best in clothing and education and fed lies about her home country. She is 19 and all she wants is to study botany when suddenly her precious King is murdered and she finds herself accused of regicide.  She knows she must escape and somehow the magic that has been lying dormant in her must be awakened to help her.  Suddenly, everything and everyone she knows is being tested. She is aided back to her parents in Caeris but then begins questioning the loyalty of everyone she encounters on her way to fulfilling her destiny as the steward of the land.  This is a story of magic, betrayal, love, hope, change, and finding one's place in the world.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads but only because I found some of the words difficult to pronounce and so it distracted me a bit from the story but overall a solid read.

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