The Waking Land – Callie Bates

34610036Fourteen years ago, Elanna was kidnapped by King Antoine and held hostage in order to put down her father’s rebellion. Now 20, Elanna stands accused of King Antione’s murder and finds herself taken prisoner once again, this time by her father’s men. “Rescued” to be made into the figurehead of her father’s rebellion, Elanna must come to terms with her internal struggle and choose whose side she’s on, because only she possesses the power to wake the land.

As far as fantasy novels go, The Waking Land isn’t bad. Nor is it brilliant. Elanna is a strong heroine with a lot of personality, while her inner turmoil – being split between her true people and the people who raised her – is an unusual and enjoyable feature of the story. I also liked a lot of the other characters: Jahan and Finn are both good romantic heroes, and Rhia, Sophy and Victoire are marvellous characters. I also really liked the Butcher (although I’m not completely sure we’re supposed to).

However, characters aside, the story was quite weak. Overall, the premise is good and there are a lot of positive aspects, but these weren’t brought together very well. Many parts of the story read as though the author came up with an idea she liked, and just threw it in without properly integrating it into the story.

The Waking Land is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover (although that is something I admit I do regularly). The cover is absolutely stunning while the story inside is enjoyable but weak. With so many other fantasy series on offer, I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time on this one (unless you really want it on your shelf, which I understand).

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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