The Waking Land - Callie Bates
I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for this fantastic book. Read on for my review and a competition to win a copy of your very own. And of course a cocktail to make!
A world where magic is forbidden, revered in secret by some, but feared by others.
Elanna was abducted by the king when she was only 5 years old. Brought up by him as a daughter and taught that her real father was a traitor. But is everything she has been taught all these years actually all false? When she is forced to flee after the death of the King, she learns many truths that were hidden from her until now. Including how much magic she has running through her. She discovers that her father believes her to be the reincarnation of Wildegarde, a goddess who could move the Earth and see through the eyes of the animals.
After living most of her life in Eren, Elanna feels Ereni. But when she reaches Caeris the old feelings of her family home come back to her and as she feels her powers growing she realises how much she is also Caerisian. She feels torn between the two places and doesn't want to betray either. Instead she eventually understands that she needs to find a way to unite them under a new King.
Despite being a YA book, Elanna seems very mature and relatable to all ages. I loved the magical world described in the book. I enjoyed this book so much and am so glad I already have book 2 The Memory of Fire to read.
I have a copy of this great book to give away to one lucky winner. You can enter by email or on twitter. Send an email to email@example.com with 'The Waking Land Competition' in the subject and ensure you're following my blog by email. Or retweet the competition tweet which you'll find on twitter with the hashtag #Booktails. Open UK only, competition ends 24th February.
Forgive me for the cliche but as it's Valentine's Day, I've made a Loved Up cocktail. Shake up the following ingredients with lots of ice and pour into a pretty glass. I've added some edible hearts to garnish. 1 1/2 shots tequila, 1/2 shots of triple sec, chambord and lime juice, 1 shot orange juice and a dash of sugar syrup.