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The Memory of Fire

(The Waking Land #2)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  68 reviews
With The Memory of Fire, Bates expertly deepens her tale, spinning glittering threads of magic and intrigue into a vibrant tapestry of adventure, betrayal, and romance.
 
Thanks to the magic of Elanna Valtai and the Paladisan noble Jahan Korakides, the lands once controlled by the empire of Paladis have won their independence. But as Elanna exhausts her powers restoring th
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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Del Rey (first published May 17th 2018)
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Simone Liedtke For the time being, it will be a trilogy. The third book in the series, titled "The Soul of Power", is scheduled for publication in early 2019 and…moreFor the time being, it will be a trilogy. The third book in the series, titled "The Soul of Power", is scheduled for publication in early 2019 and will be out of a different character's perspective. I.e. Sophy :)(less)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/04/...

Writing a negative is never easy, and there are certain books that make me feel extra crummy about it because I know the problem lies solely within me and not in the book itself. The Memory of Fire is a perfect example. It has a decent premise, a well-written story not marred by any serious technical problems, and it is also sequel to a debut I really enjoyed last year, called The Waking Land.

So then, why didn’t I enjoy
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Sherwood Smith
Jahan Korakides showed up in the first book, The Waking Land. He saved Crown Prince Leontius in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren, and matched up with Elanna Valtai, heroine of the previous book, and a powerful sorceress in touch with the land.

This is Jahan’s book. He doesn’t see himself as a hero at all. He sees himself as a failed mage, haunted by memories of the sorceress who experimented on him and his brothers as children in her effort to train powerful sorcerers.

When the empire th
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Lou
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 me
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Danielle N
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of ya fantasy and character driven stories.
You may also find this review at Books, Vertigo & Tea.
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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 a
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Caroline
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jahan's book???? YEEESSSS!!!

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Loved the first book, LOVED this second book.
I love Jahan, he's so interesting and broken.
I couldn't put this book down. I devoured it in days.
And now I can't wait for the third book.
In fact, I think I need to re-read both of these SOON!
Arys
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 continuatio
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Political intrigue is heart of THE MEMORY OF FIRE. Jahan has spent his life concealing his magic and laughing off consequences. Once he returns home Jahan learns that his homeland, Ida, is prepping for its own revolution and his friends aren’t interested in his help. As he re-enters Ida’s politics, Jahan moves from the King’s Court, to the student underground, and finally to the Witch Hunter’s jails.

THE MEMORY OF FIRE does suffer from the same faults i
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Marzie
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
3.75 Stars

The Waking Land, first book in this series introduced us to Elanna Valtai, a teenage heroine who was enjoyable to read, and Jahan, a character who, as can be seen in my review of the previous book, I had reservations about. Whereas The Waking Land was all told from Elanna's POV, The Memory of Fire is Jahan's POV, a brave change of course for a second book. (Audiobook listeners who recall Erin Spencer's narration as Elanna in the first book will have Andrew Eiden narrating this book as
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Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
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
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The story took off shortly after the last book had ended.  Although Elena was successful in leading her people of Caeris and Eren, sorcery is still against the law across the lands. Most especially in Paladis where she hopes to have a peace treaty with. But it has been decided that it will be Jahan who will attempt at being the peacemaker.  The b
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Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
When I read the first book of this series, Elanna was the main character and the focus was on her strengths, her weaknesses, her growing magic, and her relationships with her country, it's citizens and with her romantic interest, Jahan. With her being the center of attention characters such as Jahan, while important as they were to Elanna in The Waking Land, I didn't grow as attached to them as I did to El. I found Jahan to be stoic, secretive, and quick with the grin and the flippant response t ...more
Amanda
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars! Wow, I enjoyed this so much more than its predecessor. It's from Jahan's perspective, so I suppose I should have seen that coming.

The Memory of Fire delves further into the magic system and political sphere of the world Bates crafts in The Waking Land. It unravels the consequences of Caeris's uprising, and it shows the struggle to maintain a government that accepts sorcery in a world that does not.

I don't know that I'd say it's worth reading the first book just to get to this one. But
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Tonstant Weader
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memory of Fire follows directly on the heels of The Waking Land. When the first book in this exciting fantasy ended, the newly freed people of Eren feared the great empire of Paladis would retaliate and sure enough, they are preparing to send their Black Ships to pacify the rebellion and drive magic back out of the land. Jahan is from their, a friend of the Crown Prince, and decides to return as a diplomatic envoy in order to negotiate peace in hopes of avoiding a war.

He has a private missio
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Crystal King
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved book 1 of The Waking Land, so when I saw book 2 furthered the relationship of Elanna Valtai and Jahan Korakides, I was delighted. This time we get Jahan's POV and we learn a great deal about what drives him. In The Memory of Fire, Jahan returns to his hometown of Paladis to try and broker peace but when he arrives he finds that things were not the same as when he left. When searching for his lost brothers, he winds up caught up in a deadly rebellion against the emperor and his magic damp ...more
Simone Liedtke
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following the events of the first instalment of “The Waking Land” series, the sequel, titled “Memory of Fire” follows the subsequent consequences and remaining tremors from the war in Eren, our protagonist – Jahan Korakides – leaves Eren, and the woman he loves, to negotiate with an emperor threatening war in retribution for Elanna’s “illegal” sorcery.

“Memory of Fire” follows Jahan, who sees himself as a failed sorcerer, who is haunted by memories – and mental callings – of a sorceress who exper
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Aunt Meanie
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Note, the book cover on goodreads is NOT the bookcover I had (which was SO much better).


The Memory of Fire is the sequel to The Walking Land – which absolutely bowled me over with it's excellence! I waited with so much excitement and anticipation for the book 2.

Again, as with The Walking Land , I love the book cover the author has chosen. Creative, imaginative and mysterious – perfect cover art for the story contained within.

The Memory of Fire was fast paced, exciting and an excellent fantasy b
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Kasey Giard
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After loving The Waking Land, the first book in this series, I knew I had to read Memory of Fire. It was awesome to get to see what happened after the first story concluded. Elanna remains my favorite character even though Jahan narrates this book. I like Jahan, but I felt more connected to Elanna.
I thought it was interesting that the author touched on opiate addiction, especially considering the fact that it’s such a big issue right now in our country. Jahan remembers being addicted and some of
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Nikki
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fab sequel!

I wasn’t expecting the POV to change, and actually I really enjoyed getting to see events through Johan’s eyes. His history and experience within his kingdom are really interesting.

I did find it frustrating that so many of his old “friends” abandoned him or didn’t appreciate his actions, and wanted a little more resolution there, but it definitely made for good conflict and interesting reading.

I also liked that we got to see El away from Eren and see what she could do elsewhere. A
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Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
I was a little bit skeptical when I found out that that second book was told from another character’s point of view. I have a tendency to get attached to characters and I like to continue the story from their point. This book was a pleasant surprise though because I really enjoyed Jahan’s point of view. He is a fascinating character and Bates did a wonderful job developing him in this story. There is a brewing revolution and enough political intrigue to keep the characters hopping. While I enjoy ...more
Kathy Martin
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a trilogy. It follows THE WAKING LAND. Elanna and Jahan are in Caeris and Eren where Elanna is using her magic as the steward of the land to support the rule of their friend Queen Sophy. But Elanna is exhausting herself trying to fix the land and their neighbors are seeing the country as ripe for the plucking. Jahan is determined to go back to Paladis to try to forge a peace treaty with the emperor. While he is there, he would also like to rescue his two younger brothe ...more
Jackie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This review was originally published on http://fictionistmag.com/

Note: This review is for the second book in a series. It does not contain spoilers for this book, but it may contain major plot points from book one.

In The Waking Land, we followed Elanna as she became acquainted with her vast power, learned some new truths about her homeland, and helped to overthrow the government for her people. I was sucked in immediately, and the introduction of several secondary characters (like Jahan Korakide
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Olivia Farr
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 hunte ...more
Danielle
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I have to admit I was a little nervous going into this book swapping perspectives as I loved the perspective of Elanna so much, but it was very interesting getting to peek into the mind of the irascible Jahan. I might have even liked this book more than the first one
Scilla
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like its predecessor, The Waking Land, this novel kept me on the edge of my seat craving more. I wasn’t sure how well I would enjoy this book after finding out it was told from Jahan’s point of view, but I’m so glad I decided to give it a shot! I loved this book. I was pulled in from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to finish it!! It’s very descriptive and I know some people aren’t too fond of that but I love it. It helps me feel more like I’m there with the characters. This book was a ...more
Pam
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed The Walking Land, Callie Bates debut novel, so I didn’t hesitate to read Memory of Fire.

Memory of Fire is told in first person by Jahan. The prologue begins with Jahan think about his childhood. He can only remember bits and pieces because parts of his memory had been erased by Madiya in the attempt to make him an ideal sorcerer. She kept him drugged, trying to get him to master the necessary skills. He is remembering a particular memory of seeing his mother with a man. A
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Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
When I read the first book of this series, Elanna was the main character and the focus was on her strengths, her weaknesses, her growing magic, and her relationships with her country, it's citizens and with her romantic interest, Jahan. With her being the center of attention characters such as Jahan, while important as they were to Elanna in The Waking Land, I didn't grow as attached to them as I did to El. I found Jahan to be stoic, secretive, and quick with the grin and the flippant response t ...more
Jessica
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This sequel seemed slower-paced than The Waking Land at first. I missed Elanna's POV and I missed her as an active character for the first part of the book. But Jahan's story was compelling, with a tragic and slightly mysterious backstory, an urgent mission, and great character development. The plotting was also excellent, especially as the story picked up after the first third or so. I tore through the book in a few big gulps.

Incredibly satisfying climax and conclusion. Sets up well for #3 with
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Stevo Brock
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a Best of the Best for July 2018 selection by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet: http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1...
Chelsea Jones
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book even more than I loved The Waking Land. Which is saying a lot because I really enjoyed the Waking Land. Reading from Jahan's perspective was fun and it was nice taking a look into his story. The book was adventurous and a definite page turner for me. I am so proud of Jahan and I loved the ending to this book. I'm really looking forward to more books from Callie Bates.
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Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. Her debut fantasy novel, THE WAKING LAND, is forthcoming from Del Rey Books in 2017.

She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.

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