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The Soul of Power

(The Waking Land #3)

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One young woman learns the true nature of power--both her own and others'--in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

"Bates brilliantly concludes an impressive high fantasy trilogy with this tale of scheming and magic."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sophy Dunbarron--the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was--has always felt like an impostor. Separa
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Del Rey Books
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Sherwood Smith
Jun 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
In this conclusion to Bates’ trilogy, the author does not return to either Elanna or Jahan, the protagonists of the first two books, but shifts to a third—Sophy, who was crowned queen at the end of The Waking Land.

I didn’t even remember Sophy, who was greatly overshadowed by Jahan’s traumatized complexity, and Elanna’s tremendous powers. At the beginning of the book, she’s trying to become the queen in reality, not just in title, with nobles and mages and outlanders all arrayed against her.

She a
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/06/04/...

I think it’s always a challenge whenever the books in a series follow a new POV with each volume, because you never know whether you will enjoy the new character or how you would adjust to their perspective. Case in point, my own personal experience with this series has been complicated, for while I loved The Waking Land which featured Lady Elanna Valtai, I was less pleased with the protagonist of the next book, Jahan Ko
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Marzie
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Callie Bates' Waking Land trilogy has been an unusual one in that each volume has explored a different POV character in the triumvirate that promises peace and security for the future of Eren and Caeris. In the first book, The Waking Land, we meet Elana Valtai, the Caveadear (Steward of the Land) who will wake the land in the strained nations of Eren and Caeris. Elanna comes to terms with her power, a theme that is central to this trilogy. In the second novel, The Memory of Firec we see Elanna's ...more
Crystal King
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Bates' first two books in the trilogy so was very excited to have an early read on this one from NetGalley and Del Rey. I was a bit sad at first to see that the book didn't shift POV back to Elanna, who I loved so much from the first book, but I was quickly converted to the power that Sophy wields, or learns to wield as she comes into her own as a ruler. Bates is a wonderful world-builder and a master at diving deep into the political intrigue of her creation. The Soul of Power is a fant ...more
Wealhtheow
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In The Waking Land, an aristocratic hostage discovers truths about her country's history and politics and magical powers formerly assumed to be a myth. She's kidnapped by an empire in The Memory of Fire and has to fight her way back to her war-torn country. Now in The Soul of Power we see what was happening in Eren and Caeris while Elenna was off freeing sorcerers in the empire.

Sophy Dunbarron has seized power in Eren and Caeris, but the very revolutionary tactics she used to overthrow the f
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Olivia
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Soul of Power” is a strong conclusion in The Waking Land trilogy. While the first book focused on Elanna (El) and the second on Jahan, this third book is all about Sophy Dunbarron, now the queen of Eren and Caeris. This book requires the context of the first two to really get into and thus does not work as a stand-alone. Eren and Caeris were countries once together but have separated becoming enemies and having one conquer the other. They were both under the power of Paladis, and sorcery ha ...more
Liz
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-kindle
The conclusion to the The Waking Land trilogy lived up to every expectation I had for it. This book changes to Sophy's POV. As the first followed Elanna (El) & the second Jahan, this gives a satisfying conclusion to the series. Right away I want to say the only shortcoming I found was that the time line in this book somewhat overlaps with that of The Memory of Fire. While that in itself is not anything bad, I wasn't expecting it considering it didn't happen with the first two books. I would say ...more
Bookish
Mar 18, 2019 added it
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The Soul of Power brings us back to the rich world of political intrigue and magic created in The Waking Land and strengthened in the The Memory of Fire. The third book in the Waking Land series shifts the point of view yet again to a different narrator, this time to Sophy Dunbarron, the newly crowned monarch over the previously divided lands of Eren and Caeris. This shift takes a fresh new look at the world from the perspective of a ruler who is struggling to deal with the politics of conflicti ...more
Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
Perfect conclusion to an awesome Trilogy. My only note is the back and forth with characters switching allegiances got a bit confusing but it smooths out in the end.
Rachel
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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Susan
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Soul of Power brings us back to the rich world of political intrigue and magic created in The Waking Land and strengthened in the The Memory of Fire. The third book in the Waking Land series shifts the point of view yet again to a different narrator, this time to Sophy Dunbarron, the newly crowned monarch over the previously divided lands of Eren and Caeris. This shift takes a fresh new look at the world from the perspective of a ruler who is struggling to deal with the politics of conflicti ...more
Tonstant Weader
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Soul of Power is the third in Callie Bates’ “The Waking Land” series and brings the saga to an end with Sophy Dunbarron, the daughter of the exiled king who has never held the throne of Eren or Caeris. She is the chosen Queen of the united countries, but the crown feels like a bad fit as there is much resistance to her rule among the nobles in Eren. She is also pregnant and not married to Alistar, the man she loves, and someone she believes the nobles of Eren will oppose.

Meanwhile, there is
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Sandy
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This was a satisfying conclusion to the Waking Land trilogy. Each of the three books is told from a different character's perspective, and this one is Sophy's story. This is a technique that really works well, especially from the first book (Elanna's perspective) and this one. Their lives intertwined in a number of ways, and it's fascinating to get the different viewpoints of each.

The theme that runs through th
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Casey
4 stars

I received an e-ARC copy of The Soul of Power from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Soul of Power runs almost parallel to The Memory of Fire. This is Sophy's book and picks up right after Jahan has left for Paladis. This book has lots of politics in it as Sophy struggles to unite her kingdom, protect the refugees and keep the empire from invading. On top of that tall order Sophy becomes aware of a faction that wants her off the throne in whatever way neces
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Emily
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars* The Soul of Power is the final installment of the enjoyable Waking Lands series, and switches perspective yet again. Having experienced events through first Elanna's eyes and then Jahan's, we next have Sophy Dunbarron's viewpoint. Sophy is the bastard daughter of the exiled king of Caeris, and has been raised since the age of eight by Elanna's parents to potentially rule one day. Now that her half-brother Finn is dead and her father remains in exile, Sophy has assumed the throne of E ...more
Colby
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House and Net Galley for providing me an eARC of this book!
I loved the Waking Land, and while I did not emnoy its second book, The Memory of Fire, I wanted to give the final book in the series an opportunity!
Honestly, I'm glad I did. while Sophy's point of view tended to be more political and focused a lot on the difficulty of being pregnant as a queen out of wedlock, I feel like the second half of the book really upped the story line. We backtracked a lot to
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MsArdychan
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

I have really loved The Waking Land series, by Callie Bates. It has been so imaginative and fun. Plus, this series had the most unusual narrative structure! Each of the three books focuses on one particular character in the story. I have never seen a series organized in this way. The Soul of Power, the final book, is a fine ending to th
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James
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sophy Dunbarron is the focus of this book. The story starts out with the abduction of the Caveadear, Elanna Valtai. We know from the second book in the series, The Memory of Fire, that Elanna will be rescued by Jahan and together they will help to overthrow the government in Paladis and bring about a change in the recognition of sorcerers. But that information is unavailable to Sophy, who has recently been crowned queen of both Eren and Caeris. She's forced to deal with trying to unite the two l ...more
John Purvis
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Soul of Power" eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Callie Bates (https://calliebates.com). This is Ms. Bates' third novel and the third book in her "The Waking Land" series. 

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in another universe and place, one that allows magic. 

The primary character of this book is Sophy Dunbarron. Dunbarr
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Doug Lewars
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** Possible Spoilers ***

This is the third book in a trilogy and, like the others, it was well written, the scenes were well handled and the pacing was good. I noticed a couple of editing oopsies but from personal experience, there will always be a few of those. So in terms of craftsmanship, the book would rate a 5. Based on the characters, the book gets a 1. An indecisive, self-doubting, and, in general, a wishy-washy protagonist is more annoying than sympathetic. However many readers dote on s
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Gemma McGee
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Soul of Power is a stunning conclusion to the Waking Land series.

After reading The memory of fire, I thought that The Soul of Power would pick up where it finished. But it doesn't, The Soul of Power is Sophy story, for the must of the book the story us running in parallel with Memory of Fire.

There are moments in both Memory of fire and The Soul of Power where Sophy, Jahan and Elanna communicate. I enjoyed seeing their communication from both sides.

The Soul of Power has more political intrigu
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Pam
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is the conclusion of a fantasy trilogy. I enjoyed the first two books, The Walking Land and The Memory of Fire.

I didn’t like this book quite as much as the other two. The book began with an almost romance novel feel. After reading the first couple of chapters, I commented on it to my husband and he agreed, saying that it picks up more in the middle and goes back to the usual upheaval between the lands and the people.

It does indeed go back to the classic battles between the people and
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Karissa
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third and final book in the Waking Land series. This was by far my least favorite book in this series. I really didn't enjoy Sophy as a character and liked the politics she was enmeshed in even less. Things got better about 70-80% of the way into the book, but I still didn't enjoy it all that much.

I never like reading books that are solely about politics and that is what this one was. I also felt like Sophy didn’t treat the characters that were trying to help and support her very we
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Laura Welch
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this series. I liked that it was series but then really companions because each book was written from a different character, but picked up where the last book led off. This was my least favorite book out of the three but I think that’s bad use Sophy was my least favorite character. The way she is portrayed is as a young girl who self doubts herself way too much and she annoyed me and I couldn’t associate with her. However, other than association piece I think that was the point of how sh ...more
Kes
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2020
Queen Sophy starts off conciliatory - she's the Queen of Eren and Caeris; but she was raised in Caeris and the Eren people are understandably concerned about her. She's trying to navigate the political currents while sticking to her ideals - but this is not a political fantasy, so she's clearly uncertain about things. Elanna - a major source of legitimacy - is announced as dead, and the people are unhappy.

She has a lot on her plate: people are manifesting magic, and she's one of them. She's hid
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Whitney
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series and am extatic everytime a new book comes out - especially when I don't expect it! I saw this by chance on a book shelf at my local bookstore and got it immediately. An engaging continuation of the plot in the Waking Land. Showing a modern women's take in a historical fantasy setting which I enjoyed. It has action and magic like all great fantasy novels but what I appreciated about thsi one was the detail that went into each hard decision that the main characters made, ...more
Groucho42
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
They just keep getting worse. The one consistency is the angst, whininess and ignorance of the three main leads.

This one is told from Sophy's point of view, somewhat contemporaneously as the previous novel. As simplistic as it is, the author still finds plenty with which to annoy. For instance, the constant kidnappings only show us that the author portrays the main characters as idiots and want the series to be a soap opera rather than an adventure. Rhia's land walking only serves to support the
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Bo0kSLoth
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, fanstasy-fun
A rich, captivating end to a epic fantasy. Ms. Bate's, once again, does a wonderful job creating characters with complexity and emotions that went the reader. Her world-building throughout the series has the right amount of detail and description, without bogging the plot down in wordage. So glad to be able to get read about Sophy's story - a story of sweeping romance and majestic magic. A must read.
**I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.**
Avery Westervelt
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite book in The Waking Land trilogy. I thought it lacked obvious direction and didn't really feel like a culmination of the storyline. However, I thought it was a beautiful way to write a young adult woman. Bates captured the trials and tribulations of womanhood accurately and, as a young woman myself, I couldn't help but relate and want her to succeed. Overall, worth the read if you want some closure in the trilogy, but not necessary.
Sarah
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! This was my favourite of the trilogy, I think - Sophy is a great character and I found her really endearing as a narrator. I love a good court intrigue novel; at times it felt a bit like The Goblin Emperor. Overall, a great final instalment. ...more
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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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