INCARNATE--A Bookanista Review

Book Description:

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? 

It's fitting that music plays a large part in Jodi Meadows debut novel. INCARNATE, has lyrical, flowing prose that was one of my favorite aspects of this creative fantasy. Anna, the only Newsoul in the city of Heart where everyone else is reincarnated, must search for the truth of her identity. She befriends musician and composer Sam, and their budding romance has some truly touching moments. The world-building is imaginative; Heart is alternately nostalgic (dragons, giants, and masquerade balls and street fairs that felt very Renaissance) and unexpectedly modern (laser pistols and communication devices that resembled cel-phones.) Recommended for those who like romance, fantasy and stories that veer off the beaten path... And who doesn't love all of that?

INCARNATE is available January 31rd.

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