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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Memory of Fire
By (author): Callie Bates
9780399177439 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Epic Feb 12, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.44 x 8.23 x 0.95 in 480 pages 2 MAPS Del Rey
The riveting trilogy that began with The Waking Land returns featuring a new narrator: a young man with secret magical powers who’s ready to continue a revolution.

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.

Story Locale: Flintlock era Fantasy Kingdom

Series Overview: The Waking Land: A young girl possessing the ability to call upon the natural magic of the land sparks a revolution that could change the face of the world forever.

Publication History: Del Rey HC (06/18)

SECOND IN TRILOGY: Sequel to The Waking Land (7/17), with third book expected in 2019.

SHIFTING VIEWPOINTS: While the wider arc of the story continues across all three books, each title has a different first-person POV narrator, as they each come fully into their power and confidence, and learn to master their individual magics. The Waking Land is Elanna’s book: a young girl with startling power over the natural world. Here, her lover Jahan—a powerful but closeted sorcerer—takes up the tale. And Sophy—a bastard-born girl, now turned queen—serves as our lens for book 3.

GOODREADS COVER CONTEST WINNER: The Waking Land won best cover in the Goodreads Cover Contest.

“A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!” Tamora Pierce

“Callie Bates…is clearly a writer of real talent.” Terry Brooks (author of the Shannara series)


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. She lives in the Upper Midwest. The Memory of Fire is the sequel to her debut fantasy novel, The Waking Land.

Author Residence: Mercer, WI

Author Hometown: Mercer, WI

Marketing: Online marketing outreach

Social media campaign

Targeted email marketing

Random House e-newsletters and websites

Publicity: Online review and feature attention

Targeted blogger outreach

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @calliebywords

“Gripping…[this] vivid first-person, present-tense narrative [creates] a remarkably mature, balanced addition to the story that avoids the most common flaws of middle books and will leave readers hungry for the conclusion.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Memory of Fire is a beautiful expansion of a promising story that delivers something rich and captivating…. Putting it down is likely to be the biggest challenge readers will encounter.”—Books, Vertigo & Tea
“[Callie] Bates does an excellent job of delving into Jahan’s past and showing his growth as a character as he finally faces the demons that fractured his family…. Allies turn out to be just as unexpected as the enemies.”Booklist

Praise for Callie Bates’s The Waking Land
“A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read.”—Tamora Pierce
“This superior novel blends passionate romance and sweeping magic.”Publishers Weekly
“A wonderfully stunning debut…Bates’s clear, captivating, imaginative storytelling and vivid, distinctive characters will cause readers to soak up every word.”—RT Book Reviews
“Callie Bates has written an exciting and involving first book, and she is clearly a writer of real talent.”—Terry Brooks
The Waking Land is all about rising to challenges, and it succeeds wonderfully.”—Charlaine Harris

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