The Waking Land by Callie Bates is young adult, science fiction, fantasy that is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2017 by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine.
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.
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About the author: 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.
My thoughts: Bates creates a very clear and vivid fantasy world that has well thought out characters with depth of backstories. The plot line is set with many twists and unexpected turns, without giving to much away, I found this to be a fast read that was captivating and thrilling. Overall, an amazing read that I recommend to anyone who loves science fiction fantasy. ** I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**