- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Jan. 31 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062060759
- ISBN-13: 978-0062060754
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 3.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Incarnate Hardcover – Jan 31 2012
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Meadows has created a complex world but keeps all of the pieces together. The romance is captivating, as are the questions raised by the reincarnations. (School Library Journal)
An absorbing fantasy. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
About the Author
Jodi Meadows is the author of the Incarnate series and The Orphan Queen. She lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Range is an exciting fantasy world with dragons, sylph, and reincarnated souls!
For millennia, the inhabitants of Range have been reincarnated over and over again by Janan who is revered as a god. When a child is born, its palm is pressed on the Soul Scanner so that the Soul Tellers can determine whose soul has been reincarnated. Souls can be measured as a series of vibrations, and the unique sequence remains throughout the soul's lifetime no matter how many times it has been reincarnated. There comes a day when a baby girl is born and, when she is scanned, no data is available. Everyone was expecting the babe to be the reincarnation of Ciana, but she is not. Who is this child, and where did she come from?
The child is dubbed "nosoul," a derogatory name because she has no known soul and was not the reincarnation of anyone that is known. The kinder folks refer to her as "new soul" because her soul is new rather than believing that she has no soul. They call her Ana, and her name is taken from Ciana whose soul she replaced.
Ana has a horrid upbringing and is both physically and mentally abused by her domineering mother, Li. When she turns 18 years old, Ana decides that she wants to travel to the city of Heart where it is her fervent hope that she will discover how and why she came to be and whether there is any chance that she will be reincarnated when she dies. Li tries to sabotage Ana's quest by giving her a faulty compass, and Ana ends up wandering too deeply into the forests where the sylph roam. She tries to avoid a sylph attack by diving off a cliff into the freezing water below. She is rescued by Sam, who not only nurses her back to health but helps her to get to Heart. Once there, he receives permission from the Council to be appointed as Ana's guardian.
To be honest, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the story given that reincarnation is not consistent with my own beliefs. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I loved Ana, and my heart just broke at the cruelty of Li and the residents of Heart. Ana and Sam have a lot of chemistry, and it was nice to see their relationship grow and change over time. Sam acts as a bit of an anchor for Ana, and she counts on him as she has counted on no one else in her life. I really enjoyed the snippets of Sam's past lives, but it wasn't nearly enough! I hope we learn more about him.
To be Ana, a stranger in a world where everyone has known each other for thousands of years, would be terribly frightening! I thought that Meadows did a great job in playing both sides: Not only could I relate to how Ana would feel in such a situation, but I also could empathize with the residents of Heart who were distrustful and wary of Ana's existence. I think that only a skillful writer can accomplish such a feat!
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, which is expected to be released in 2013 which is just way too far away! With the way this book ended, the next one promises to be exciting and tumultuous! There are a lot of unanswered questions and lots of possibilities to explore, and I am eager to see how this plays out.
And let's not forget that gorgeous cover! That alone would suck me into buying the book.
MY RATING: 5 stars!! Loved it!! Thanks to both HarperCollins and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book!
Incarnate takes place in a world where souls are reborn. After someone dies, they are reborn/reincarnated with the same soul - The same knowledge and experiences they had when they passed. One day, something shocking happens. Ana is born as a New soul, someone who unlike the others, has not lived for hundreds of years. People are shocked, and scared with her entry into the world, even hateful.
Her mother treats her in a way no child should be treated by her parents. She reminds Ana how different she is, how her worth isn't as great as the people before her - Not to mention a constant reminder that another girl lost her life so she could be born. This has a lasting impact on her throughout the book, and changes the way she sees herself. Forced to leave home at the age of 18, to head to the city of Heart, Ana learns just how different she is, in a world where everyone has lived so many more lives than she has. Not only are dragons and slyphs a threat to her in this world, but some people she comes into contact with, upon entering the city, leave you questioning their motives. Not everyone is comfortable with the situation that has taken place when it comes to her arrival.
Enter Dossam ( Sam ), an amazing, charming, handsome, musical prodigy who happens to become the first friend Ana makes. From the point of their first meeting, until the very end of this book, their relation blossoms and takes flight in so many ways.
I don't want to giveaway too much more on this amazing book. So much happens - It's full of adventure, love and finding yourself in a world where you feel alone. You get to follow the development of this amazing, strong female character as she finds her strengths and weaknesses in a world where she feels like she doesn't belong. On top of it - Ana and Dossam happen to be my favorite couple from a book to date. I love them so much. ( And really, who doesn't love a man who can read, write and play music. SO attractive.) It's amazing to see a love interest who isn't your common bad boy type.
At the end of this book, I ordered the final two and plowed through them in record time. They have won a place in my heart, and so has Jodi. I absolutely love these books so much, and I greatly look forward to The Orphan Queen releasing March 10, 2015. ( Which has an amazing cover as well. ) And by greatly, I mean I REALLY wish it could come out now, so I could make the wait a little less painful.
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