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Review: The Memory of Fire

Title: The Memory of Fire

Series: The Waking Land #2

Author: Callie Bates

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: The land has awoken, and news of magic's rebirth has traveled across the sea. Jahan, a daring noble who has been concealing his powers, is finally ready to stop hiding. Now he returns to the imperial capital, where the use of magic carries a death sentence. There, he must face his dark past, learn to embrace his gifts, and prevent an all-out war across the kingdoms.

My Review: I was a little bit skeptical when I found out that that second book was told from another character’s point of view. I have a tendency to get attached to characters and I like to continue the story from their point. This book was a pleasant surprise though because I really enjoyed Jahan’s point of view. He is a fascinating character and Bates did a wonderful job developing him in this story. There is a brewing revolution and enough political intrigue to keep the characters hopping. While I enjoyed the story this book was plagued by the same thing that plagued the first book, an overfull plot and cast of characters. While the first book felt rushed to me because to much was shoved in at the end, this one was no different. I think that had the author told her books with alternating points of view instead of trying to do books with completely different characters the might have flowed a little bit better. That being said though, this was still a great book and I highly recommend the series to anyone who likes YA fantasy novels.

*I received this book from Del Ray and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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