Tuesday, May 29, 2018

First Paragraph/Teaser Tuesday: The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posted the first paragraph of a book she is reading or planning to read. In 2018, Vicki from I'd Rather Be at the Beach is taking over this meme.

Here's mine:
Most of my childhood is torn into pieces, memories I've scraped together, guessing at the whole. But I remember waking up that afternoon, ten years old, on the stone table in Madiya's cave. I don't know why she never took the memory from me. Maybe, in the chaos, it was an accident. An omission.

Link up here. It is very easy to play along:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.
Here's mine:
It's just an empty cave. Hard to imagine this is what has shaped a lifetime of fear. Yet even now, the ceiling seems to press down on me.
This week I am reading The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates. After enjoying THE WAKING LAND, I was glad to see this eARC on NetGalley. Here is the description from Amazon:
Callie Bates’s debut novel, The Waking Land, announced the arrival of a brilliant new talent in epic fantasy. Now, with The Memory of Fire, Bates expertly deepens her tale, spinning glittering threads of magic and intrigue into a vibrant tapestry of adventure, betrayal, and romance.

Thanks to the magic of Elanna Valtai and the Paladisan noble Jahan Korakides, the lands once controlled by the empire of Paladis have won their independence. But as Elanna exhausts her powers restoring the ravaged land, news that the emperor is readying an invasion spurs Jahan on a desperate mission to establish peace.
Going back to Paladis proves to be anything but peaceful. As magic is a crime in the empire, punishable by death, Jahan must hide his abilities. Nonetheless, the grand inquisitor’s hunters suspect him of sorcery, and mysterious, urgent messages from the witch who secretly trained Jahan only increase his danger of being exposed. Worst of all, the crown prince has turned his back on Jahan, robbing him of the royal protection he once enjoyed.
As word of Jahan’s return spreads, long-sheathed knives, sharp and deadly, are drawn again. And when Elanna, stripped of her magic, is brought to the capital in chains, Jahan must face down the traumas of his past to defeat the shadowy enemies threatening his true love’s life, and the future of the revolution itself.


  1. It's not really my genre but the intro does grab my interest. I'd give it try.

  2. Kathy, I don't read Fantasy, but hoping you enjoy this.

  3. I'm not sure about it, but it does sound tempting. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I don't usually read fantasy Kathy but I did like the opening paragraph.

  5. Not a genre I read, but I hope you enjoy it. I love the cover!

  6. This looks great, Kathy! I'd read this!

    Here's mine https://alternative-read.com/2018/05/29/talk-tuesday-with-robin-burcell/

    Happy Tuesday :)

  7. Ooh intriguing teaser and awesome cover! Hope you enjoy the rest!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. The opening paragraph didn't grab me, but I do hope you are enjoying it.

  9. It's always exciting to find a new author to enjoy. Happy reading!

  10. Sounds like a good one to me.

    Mine: http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=15914


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