Thursday 22 August 2019

The waking land by Callie Bates

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life. 

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her. 

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. 

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Del Rey Books

I did feel it started of fairly good (sure she annoyed me at the start, but I could work with it.)

But at the middle I was just...meh. Everything that had annoyed me still did and I just do not know.

When she is 5 her nurse is killed, she is helt at gunpoint and she is taken as a hostage.
14 years later she loves the man who took her hostage as a father.
She hates her parents for abandoning her.
She hates her people and think they are filthy peasants.
I get Stockholm syndrome, but still.

She continues to feel this way, you are a grown woman! What could your parents have done?!

The whole deal with the declaring war was over and with too easily.

I want more of her magic. And stop her whining.
She sure did not care for her friends.

OK I am changing this to not like, sigh. Just so YA in the end


  1. I don't mind, actually quite like, YA books but I do get a bit annoyed at characters who are constantly blaming/raging at others and stuck on that cycle xxx


    1. I find that I like ya fiction, but fantasy, ugh

  2. Oh wow. I'm stuck on the plot point where she ended up loving her kidnapper as a dad. Makes me curious.

  3. Another YA fantasy disappoints?! Just stop! But the cover is cool looking!

  4. I just read a book like this (contemp though) and I bailed at 30% point. How long can people hold a grudge or keep whining???

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. She loves her kidnapper? Yeah, I don't think this is for me. lol

    1. As her dad, so not least!

  6. Okay, one that did not work - I'll mark this one as "don't read".

  7. This sounds a little mixed up for sure. Sorry this one didn't work too well for you.

  8. I liked this one, but yeah it has heavy YA vibes. The books are standalone in this series, so who knows, maybe the next book might work better for you because it follows the guy. But I did not enjoy it, lol.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I had hopes for it since you liked it, but then nope, so sure maybe I would like the guy when you did not

  9. Haha! It had some good parts, it seems, but yeah, she does sound annoying. :)

  10. Wow 400 pages! I'm not a big fan of YA, but the cover is nice though.



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