Callie Bates’s debut novel, The Waking Land, announced the arrival of a brilliant new talent in epic fantasy. Now, with The Memory of Fire, Bates expertly deepens her tale, spinning glittering threads of magic and intrigue into a vibrant tapestry of adventure, betrayal, mystery, 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 the ravaged land, news that the emperor is readying an invasion spurs Jahan on a desperate mission to establish peace.
Going back to Paladis proves to be anything but peaceful, however. As magic is a crime in the empire, punishable by death, Jahan must hide his abilities. Nonetheless, the grand inquisitor’s hunters suspect him of sorcery, and mysterious, urgent messages from the witch who secretly trained Jahan only increase his danger of exposure. Worst of all, the crown prince has turned his back on Jahan, robbing him of the royal protection he once enjoyed.
As word of Jahan’s return spreads, long-sheathed knives, sharp and deadly, are drawn again. And when Elanna, stripped of her magic, is brought to the capital in chains, Jahan must face down the traumas of his past to defeat the shadowy enemies threatening his true love’s life, and the future of the revolution itself.
Don’t miss any of Callie Bates’s magical Waking Land trilogy:
- The Waking Land
- The Memory of Fire
- The Soul of Power
"Gripping...[this] vivid first-person, present-tense narrative [creates] a remarkably mature, balanced addition to the story that avoids the most common flaws of middle books and will leave readers hungry for the conclusion." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"[Callie] Bates does an excellent job of delving into Jahan’s past and showing his growth as a character as he finally faces the demons that fractured his family.... Allies turn out to be just as unexpected as the enemies." (Booklist)
“The Memory of Fire is a beautiful expansion of a promising story that delivers something rich and captivating.... Putting it down is likely to be the biggest challenge readers will encounter.” (Books, Vertigo & Tea)
“A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read.” (Tamora Pierce, author)
“This superior novel blends passionate romance and sweeping magic.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wonderfully stunning debut... Bates’s clear, captivating, imaginative storytelling and vivid, distinctive characters will cause readers to soak up every word.” (RT Book Reviews)