Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Katherine Tegen
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Right from the start, Incarnate thrust me into a world of imagination and wonder. Ana has no reason to think she’s anything to anyone but a burden, a Nosoul that will drift through her short life and soon be forgotten among the immortal souls in her world. But then she meets Sam, someone unlike anyone she’s encountered before, and a soul that connects with hers on a deep level. The relationship building between them was sweet at times and others intense. I fell for Sam as their shared love of music deepened into a beautiful love that made my heart ache.
The city of Heart was super original. I loved all the elements Meadows wove throughout. Dragons, sylph, centaurs, futuristic weapons, a mythology around reincarnation that teeters on religious views—the world-building was simply amazing. I loved that the story focused on the relationship between Sam and Ana, but I have to admit, I’m impatiently awaiting the second novel so I can delve deeper into this world and its secrets. Packed full of romantic tension, action, and fantastic characters, along with a new, original fantasy world and inventive mythology, Incarnate is a must read for Dystopia lovers who crave something fresh.
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