The Memory of Fire

The Memory of Fire

by Callie Bates


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ISBN-13: 9780399177415
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: The Waking Land Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 155,921
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometime artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. She is also the author of The Waking Land.

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The Memory of Fire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SecondRunReviews 5 months ago
Callie Bates has begun to expand a beautiful, magical, fantastical world with book two in The Waking Land series, The Memory of Fire. As the final page of The Memory of Fire turns, readers will discover that they have only begun to scratch the surface of this world filled with a deep and rich magical history.
readers_retreat 11 months ago
Having read "The Waking Land", the first book in this series by Callie Bates, I was very excitable about the prospect of securing an advanced review copy of "The Memory of Fire"to read and review. When my prayers were answered I was over the moon! I have to say, I enjoyed this more than the first one although some of the issues with the "The Waking Land" are still present in this sequel. My main criticism is that the plot is overly intricate with a lot happening and a large cast of characters meaning it takes a good amount of brainpower to keep them all straight in your head. There are a significant number of characters on the periphery too, all with minor parts in the plot and who's development is limited. They are difficult to form attachments to as a consequence. With regard to the ending, I would've expected to have been given more knowledge of The Witch Hunters by the author, seen as they are an integral part of the way the book concludes. Okay, now on to the positives! I thought Bates was extremely bold and brave to dedicate most of "The Waking Land" to Elanna and her development. Here, the POV changes and the story is told from Jahan's perspective. I really enjoyed this aspect as I think sometimes when a story is already very "busy", to change the POV between different characters throughout a book can make it even busier. I appreciated the paranoid undertone to proceedings as you never knew who you could trust, a feature I love and primarily see in crime thrillers. It was also a hell of a lot darker than the series first. Some of Jahan's previous behaviour is explained by learning his history and I appreciated getting his backstory. Bates has created two contrasting main characters in Elanna and Jahan - Elanna is vivacious and strong, Jahan's story is a much sadder one which has a knock-on effect on his thought processes and the way he lives his life. I feel that there is plenty more life left in this tale and the finale certainly leaves open the possibility for a third book in the series. I would definitely pick up the third title to learn more about Elanna and Jahan and follow them on their adventures in this fresh and vivid world. A final note - this is absolutely a book that requires you to have read the first in the series as the plot follows on from what happened previously and won't make a lot of sense to those who attempt to try it as a standalone title. Many thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
taramichelle 12 months ago
I thought that The Memory Of Fire was better than The Waking Land, the first book in the series. I totally fell in love with Jahan in this one, he was such a wonderfully flawed protagonist. This one continues where The Waking Land left off so definitely read that one before this one. I liked the switch of narrators because it allowed for a greater exploration of the world. It was so interesting to learn more about the political situations. I also loved that Jahan struggled so much with his magic before finding his own path. Even though the romance wasn’t the focus of the book, I was still rooting for them! There is pretty much non-stop action in this one, which kept me glued to the pages far past my bedtime. However, Bates does an excellent job of maintaining the pace while still developing the characters and political situation fully. I also liked how Jahan came to terms with the traumas in his past. There was one scene at the end that gave me chills because it showed how much he’d grown as a character. I’d recommend this one for fantasy fans looking for a book with treacherous politics, magic, and likable characters. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Arys 12 months ago
he Memory of Fire by Callie Bates is The Waking Lands book 2. The story starts out as a flashback to give some additional back story and is written from Jahan Korakides perspective rather than Elanna Valtai's from book 1. I think a lot of liking this book is your opinion of the character whose head you are in. If you like Jahan then this book gives you more of him and really fleshes out the character and the world Ms. Bates creates. Overall The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates is a good continuation of the series and adds details to the story, continuing to build and creates an alternate POV to develop and see things from (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
Last year I read and fell in love with The Waking Lands. When I learned there was a sequel coming (and a third book next year! SCORE!) I HAD to get my hands on it. The Waking Lands was told from El’s POV and we were introduced to Jahan, who I quickly fell in love with. (He has a bit of an Adrian Ivashkov thing going on, if you’ve read the Vampire Academy and/or Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead you know what I’m talking about. Totally swoon-worth!) So quick recap - this is a fantasy series in which magic is a crime and anyone caught practicing is sentenced to a fate worse than death. The magic of the land was awakened in the first book (get it? The Waking Land?). That’s basically what you need to know. The Memory of Fire is Jahan’s story and picks up after the events of The Waking Lands. We learn so much about his past, especially his childhood. His memories were tampered with by the witch who trained him (against his will) and all he knows is that he has to get his brothers away from her. But when he returns to his adopted homeland in an attempt to act as emissary (CHECK IF THIS IS THE RIGHT WORD) on behalf of El’s land, nothing goes as he expects it to. Due to his alliance with El, he is no longer welcome in his former home. Now he must try to make peace between the two countries and keep himself alive. I absolutely loved the characters and the entire storyline in this series. I plan to get a copy of the books in print for a permanent home on my shelf. Highly recommended!
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I hate it when I can’t think of how to start a review. I hate it, even more, when the review is on a book that I loved. If it was a book that I was “meh” on, then I wouldn’t be OK with it. But I loved The Memory of Fire. This book was as good as The Waking Land. From a fantastic plotline to characters that were relatable, I was taken away by this book. In my experience, I have found that books that were 2nd in a series or trilogy usually drag. I have discussed this in earlier posts, but sometimes the author has used up all their creative juices in book 1 and book 2 gets the shaft. Not in The Memory of Fire. This book kept up the energy from The Waking Land. For an author to be able to carry that tension over from the first book astounded me. I loved it!! The backdrop of the story, the country of Paladis, was perfect for what was going on in the book. This was a country that hated anything to do with magic. With the help of witch hunters and their bells, sorcerers and witches were hunted, captured and put to work in a prison made for them. Over the centuries, the emperors have used the witch hunters as a way to control the population and keep them compliant. But, things come to a head when Jahan is summoned to the palace. A revolution is about to erupt with magic at the center of it. At the center of everything is Jahan. I loved him in The Waking Land. I was expecting to be let down when I realized that this book was his story. Oh boy, was I not!! Jahan was a damaged man. He is missing memories, thanks to the witch Madiya and her experiments on him. His mother was a shell of herself after witch hunter’s attacked his house. He, himself, was addicted to opium. Madiya would douse him with it to do her experiments. I wasn’t surprised by the terror that he felt when in Paladis, knowing that she was around. He remained tortured about Madiya for 75% of the book. She was his Boogeyman. I was surprised when she made an appearance in the last half of the book. I was also surprised by the conflicting signals that she sent out. In the end, though, she did get what she deserved. Which made me happy. There is so much that happened in this book that if I wrote out about it, my review would go on forever. I will say that I was happy when Elanna arrived. Not happy about how she arrived or how she was treated. I also wasn’t happy about certain things that happened that almost broke Jahan but I am happy when things were cleared. The relationship between Jahan and Elanna was one of the best fantasy relationships that I have ever read. Again, not getting into it but I will say is what they have is true love. She is willing to accept him for who he is and vice versa. I won’t go into much about the latter half of the book except to say “HOLY PLOT TWIST!!!!” I was not expecting what happened to happen. It threw me for a loop and kind of messed with my head. But, considering the duress that this person was under, I don’t blame them for doing what they did.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Memory of Fire" was an enthralling YA fantasy that continues the world and characters from the first "The Waking Land" novel. However, instead of focusing on Elanna, we get to hear Jahan's story- and it is absolutely as captivating as the first book. The book begins with Elanna and Jahan traveling around Eren/Caeris to win over (and feed) the people- they need to know the Caveadear is alive and wants to help them. However, Paladis will not allow sorcery to go unchecked and sends witch hunters and soldiers to capture Eren/Caeris. Witch hunters carry special bells and stones which can rob a sorcerer of their power and make them lose their minds. The Caveadear is not exempt from their power- however, Madiya, during her cruel experiments claims to have made Jahan immune to the bells. Luckily, Jahan stops the invading force, but he knows that Paladis will just send more. He offers to travel back to Paladis to barter with the emperor to spare Eren/Caeris, and gets Sophy's blessing to be the official ambassador. Going back also has the added benefit that he hopes to save his two brothers, Rayka and Lathiel, who were also experimented on by Madiya. As Jahan returns, so much more than he could have expected awaits him- the kingdom is poised for revolution- or maybe even more than one revolution, but all he wants to do is secure freedom for Elanna and the people in Eren/Caeris. Jahan must dig deep within himself to work towards the goals he and Elanna have set for themselves, and the decisions along the way will not be easy. This book entirely features Jahan, and Elanna takes a backseat. Considering that plus the change in setting, and this book seems like it could be read as a stand-alone. It's been a while since I read the first- which I loved more than I thought I would- and I didn't feel like I needed to go back to know what was happening or to love this sequel! I had a hard time putting this one down, and it was absolutely as enthralling at the first. Jahan is very three-dimensional, and just as in the first, there are so many characters that are built so well you can't help but be caught up in their lives and this unique world. I will say that the ending did not seem conclusive, and I am extremely curious (and hoping oh so much) if there will be another in this series. This is a really fantastic book, and I can't tell you how much I would suggest you give this series a try if you are at all a YA fantasy lover- it's really amazing! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.