Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: June 29, 2017
Genres: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from HachetteNZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: It’s been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she’s come to love as a father.
Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again… but this time by her father’s mysterious righthand man.
Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.
But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy… or revenge.
i’ve heard a lot of conflicting things about the waking land, mostly negative. the summary sounded so good, i was really excited to give it a go. not to mention that cover??!?!?!?! so pretty! i loved the idea of the mc being raised by her enemy. i found it intriguing and different.
i didn’t like elanna at first, but over the course of the book she really started to grow on me. i started to understand her a lot more. however, she still annoyed me to some degree. as mentioned before, i loved the fact that she was raised by her enemy. i like that over time she grew to see king antoine as a father figure and genuinely loved him. i mean, it’d been 14 or so years, i’d be amazed if she didn’t grow to care for him during that time. she was such a young girl when he’d kidnapped her.
one of my biggest problems with the waking land was how boring it got part way through. the opening was very well written and interesting, but after that, it kinda becomes dull and hard to follow. i’ve seen many people dnf this book due to this, but the ending really made me glad i stuck with it. at the time, i didn’t have anything else to read so i didn’t really have any excuse to dnf it. however, i probably would’ve put it down and moved onto something a bit more interesting (if i had something worth reading).
the waking land is one of those books that if you finish it, you’ll definitely love it, but if you don’t push through that boring bit then it’s an easy dnf. you either like it or you don’t, there’s really no inbetween.