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The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series) Kindle Edition
'Jump on the wagon now, because I think Bates is an author well worth watching' Robin Hobb
~*~*~Wildegarde came bearing a flame in her heart...~*~*~
It's been fourteen years since Elanna was taken hostage. Fourteen years spent being raised by the King who defeated her traitorous father. A man she's come to love like family.
But when the King is killed and Elanna framed for his murder, she must flee for her life.
Her only hope is to reach her homeland, but her father wants to reignite his rebellion and use Elanna as a figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the goddess Wildegarde reborn, a warrior of legend who could make the very earth tremble.
But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna's veins. And now she must decide whether she'll use her powers to create peace... or to enact revenge.
- ASIN : B01LWWXSN5
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (29 June 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2132 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0425284026
- Best Sellers Rank: 414,591 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I started to read this book, I have to admit I did find it a bit confusing and hard to get into. Fortunately, I'm glad to have kept at it because the story turned out better than I expected. I would classify this novel as new adult as opposed to young adult as there are adult situations within the book. Besides this, I feel that Callie Bates writes beautifully. I found the worldbuilding exceptionally intriguing, as well as the prose, flowed smoothly. The magic system in place was written gorgeously and I liked how the system was based on nature. The descriptions were very vivid and colourful. I also commend her for the complex history of the characters' world as well as the beliefs that they held. I felt that these details added richness to the overall plot. I also enjoyed how the world was built around the Rococo period from the descriptions of the clothes and setting. This point of reference helped to visualise the world from a distinctly French-inspired period angle.
In terms of the characters, Elanna was an engaging character and we see significant development her character as the story unravels. However, I couldn't really relate to her and I found many of her actions irritating. She is painted as a woman who is fierce and is on a journey of self discovery. But it seems that she is being constantly saved by others. In this regard, I feel the minor characters played a major role in adding dimension to the story as opposed to the MC. She does redeem herself towards the end of the novel, but by then, I had given up on endearing to her character. I just found the plot to be more enticing.
The overall plot of the novel is infused with politics, betrayal, romance, family drama, murder and so on. There were a lot of action sequences which were thrilling. But, I have to admit that some chapters did contain a lot of info-dumping which slowed down the pacing of the plot. On the other hand, I did find the revelations and tying up of loose ends to be satisfying if not a bit rushed. Since, this book is part of a series I would have preferred a more dramatic end or some sort of cliff hanger. The same could be said of the romance, it felt like the MC had won on many levels. I would have preferred a messier ending to have me more excited for the sequel. Anyway, I still did enjoy the book for its complexity and writing. I would recommend reading this novel if you are looking for something a tad bit unique in the upper YA/NA fantasy genre. Just keep i mind, that it is quite a heavy read, I wouldn't say call it a light afternoon sort of novel :)
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However, I'm not sure if this is intended as Young Adult reading? It certainly came across that way to me. And I found that while the magical parts were believably written, some of the events seemed a bit rushed and the links between then weren't always completely solid. So much happens in this story it could have been an epic tale but on the other hand there is a lightness of touch which is refreshing. So overall a good read but probably more suited to the Young Adult genre.
I was intrigued by the premise of this book and I did enjoy the story, but there is something lacking in this book that I can’t quite place. The pace is good, but it does seem that some things hop from A to B without a clear description of exactly how. Some areas are covered in great detail which is good, but other areas seem to have a little too much happening at once, perhaps if these areas were slowed a little then it would have been more seamless.
I like that the story is seen through Elanna’s eyes as it gives you a good understanding of her thoughts and beliefs, making her actions far more understandable than if it was written in 3rd person. The story wraps up nicely by the end, but it is evident where the trilogy continues.
In some ways it felt that this story would be on par, reading age wise, with something like the ‘Twilight’ series, but then the depth would often twist into something younger before returning to that level again. I understand that this written for young adults and that moods and views can be erratic, but a more consistent feel would have added volumes to the story.
Overall, I really liked the story that this book offered. The scenes are descriptive and the characters individual and likeable. Personally, I think that with a little more refining this book could have been a standout. I’m intrigued as to where the story will lead Elanna in the sequel, but I’m not sure I’m intrigued enough to buy the next book.