The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates


The Memory of Fire (The Waking Land #2)
By Callie Bates
Available 6/5/18
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399177415
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy


Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn.

But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children. So when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf. But the world he left has changed – riots rock the city of Ida, his brother is missing and the crown prince refuses to speak to him.

Jahan’s only hope of success seems to lie with the rebels in Ida. Yet, if he joins them, he will merely spur on the war he’s desperate to avoid, and risk revealing himself as a sorcerer.

And then the witch hunters arrive at court, bringing Elanna in chains.

My Thoughts

While I really enjoyed The Waking Land, it was not without issues for me. I was honestly a bit surprised to be contacted regarding The Memory of Fire. But I am so thankful I was! This is a stellar example of a sequel exceeding its predecessor in the best of ways. And I love nothing more than discovering an author who can take a series and successfully grow and improve it, which is exactly what happens in this beautiful addition to the story.

The skinny..

Following The Waking Land, we are offered a new perspective through the eyes of the nobleman, Jahan. Continuing to conceal his own sorcery he returns to capital in an effort to assist Elanna’s quest to obtain a peace treaty with a land where magic is punishable by death. During his efforts, he is also torn in a battle to save his younger brothers from Madiya, the very woman who raised and tormented them through a series of experiments intended to strengthen their powers. Now, facing his past and a potential war, Jahan must choose to embrace the one thing he has also concealed, his magic.

What I appreciated..

  • Jahan’s story offers the reader a new and engaging take on Elanna’s journey, providing incredible insight into their relationship and the challenges they encounter.
  • There is a new layer of complexity added to the magic system and politics that can only be understood through the revelation of Jahan’s backstory.
  • The thorough exploration of the witch hunters and their methods add another welcomed level of depth to the growing plotline.
  • A strong supportive cast of characters (such as Firmina, the empress) are of significant value to the story and equally interesting.
  • World building is immersive, expanding what was created within The Waking Land and taking the reader on a new journey of political intrigue.
  • Callie Bates seems to have found her voice within The Memory of Fire, and it flows with an incredibly inviting ease that transports the reader effortlessly.

Challenges some may encounter..

  • I really cannot think of many aside from the fact that this is Jahan’s story. So if readers are hoping to explore Elanna more, they will not do so here. For myself, this was an appreciated change of pace.

The Memory of Fire is a beautiful expansion of a promising story that delivers something rich and captivating. The author’s decision to switch perspectives proves to be ultimately rewarding and satisfying. Putting it down is likely to be the biggest challenge readers will encounter.

*I would like to thank Del Rey for this advanced copy. This review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.

tea cup

Pairs beautifully with a nice spiced chai blend.

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Happy Reading,
Danielle ❀

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18 thoughts on “The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

  1. Oh I always love it when a sequel is able to outshine the first book and bring us an even better story! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. The covers of this series are absolutely stunning. xx

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  2. Wow! 5 seconds ago, I read a review where the person didn’t like how this sequel tackles a different perspective, which ended up tainting their experience. Nice to see that you actually thoroughly adored it and didn’t feel disappointed by anything here! Great review, Danielle! πŸ˜€

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  3. Wow, what a great review Danielle! I’ll admit I haven’t read the first book in this series but now I kind of want to…even if it’s just to read this sequel! I’m glad that it built up from the first novel. Sometimes I’ll finish the first book in a series and just *hope* that the set-up pays off down the line. The whole idea of witches and witch hunters and politics is really intriguing, so I may give this series a go πŸ™‚ And that cover is gorgeous too!

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    1. The first book was a solid debut JJ but missed a few marks for me (however, they were easily forgivable). I think I knew walking away that this author was only going to deliver better and better. I am so glad I picked this up. I think it takes something special to improve and expand on an existing story like this πŸ–€


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