The Waking Land by Callie Bates

3.5 Stars

First of all, The Waking Land by Callie Bates has one of my favorite covers EVER. I’m a vintage romantic, and the green scene within the silhouette reminds me of vintage wallpaper and I. AM. OBSESSED. Seriously such a pretty cover that actually seems to fit the book. I haven’t seen it in real life yet, but I want it on my bookshelf – just so I can stare at it.

This book has some interesting magic and I’m really intrigued by it. I loved the magic coming from the land and actually wielding the land as a weapon was cool too. I really wanted to see more of her experimenting with her magic and actually seeing what she could do. I’m one of those readers that isn’t really into battle scenes…. so once the book started getting battle heavy, I started to get bored. But again, I think that was more about my taste than anything to do with the writing.

I think the book did get a bit bogged down with kingdoms, names and politics that didn’t have much bearing on the book. I wanted more to do with her magic, and Jahan… and less to do with the other stuff. Especially the other kingdoms that we never actually see during the course of the book. That being said, I would completely be in for another book. It seemed to get set up well for a sequel/series and I will be reading it if it does.

Buy THE WAKING LAND Here – (Hardcover)

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.


5 thoughts on “The Waking Land by Callie Bates

  1. So you’re like me: even if a book doesn’t blow you away, you HAVE to read the sequel: this happened to me with Court of Fives, but the sequel was so much better!!
    And I agree – the cover is gorgeous!! 😍

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  2. Exactly! I get way too attached to characters and NEED to know what happens next for them. And because I get so attached to characters, I usually enjoy sequels way more than I probably should. I haven’t heard of Court of Fives, I’ll have to look that one up.


    1. I love that about reviews! I follow a woman on GoodReads that loves the same genres I do, but we generally have opposite opinions on books. I can count on loving books she hates and vice versa. It’s fascinating how people’s tastes are so unique. Thanks for taking the time to read it!

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