The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.
With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.
The Cover Contessa's Review:
I'd like to thank Harper Teen for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.
If you have not read the first and second books in this series, STOP HERE. There are spoilers in this review that will ruin those books for you, so you don't want to read this!
I love this series, so you can imagine I was totally excited to read this book! I couldn't wait to immerse myself once again the world of Heart and see what would happen!
Of course I absolutely love this cover. As with the others it is just beautiful. The colors blend and flow so well. And the girl is just beautiful! This cover goes along perfectly with the others created for the series!
This book picks up right where Asunder leaves off. Ana has been exiled from Heart and Sam is standing by her side. But there is chaos lurking as Heart is beginning to feel the effects of the world falling apart. Eruptions and earthquakes are shaking the world and Ana and Sam are trying to find a way to stop it. And Ana fears for the Newsouls and those who support the new souls.
I will say that I didn't feel the romance as much in this book as I did in the first and second books. I felt like it was a bit lacking. Sam kept telling Ana he would follow her anywhere, but it was almost like Ana doesn't believe it. I suppose after all she's been through it's hard for her to trust anyone, even Sam. But I felt so sad that they seemed to be losing their connection to each other.
I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, as that might spoil things for people (and I would not want to do that!). I will say that there is lots of action in this book. You see the return of creatures you've only met in passing in the first books. And you meet new creatures, as well. And there is death, I will not lie. But they are sacrifices that are necessary and totally understandable. And my heart certainly was clenched up in my chest at those points in the book.
As with the other books, Meadows just has a knack for pulling you into her stories. Not only is the pacing spot on, but she continues the world building (and you thought you were done when you learned all about Heart!). She also gives us glimpses of characters we only knew just a bit about. It's interesting to watch as they form friendships that are long lasting. And the best part about this series is how different and unique it is. And Meadows instills many morals in this book: live life, love life, give to others and you will get back in return.
All in all I really loved this book. The ending rounded the trilogy out nicely, although I felt it might have been a little too well packaged, maybe I needed a little more rift in a book that's set in a high fantasy dystopian type world. It's definitely a great read and well worth picking upJodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.