Monday, March 4, 2013

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (Incarnate book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first book in the series, Incarnate, Stop! I don't want to ruin the story for you.

“My life might have begun as a mistake, but I wouldn’t let it end as one.”

The residents of Heart have spent the spring preparing the Templedark Memorial for the eighty souls lost that night, those would not be reincarnated. That summer, the citizens spent days at the memorial honoring the lives of their friends. As summer concludes, the desolation of the community is smothering Ana. She and Sam go away for a while.

The two stop one night at the Purple Rose Cottage where Ana grew up. Sam surprises her with a picnic on the lawn and presents Ana with a beautiful flute. Trying it out, Ana is shocked to discover that her playing is attracting sylphs. Even more surprising is the fact that they seem to be dancing and imitating the sounds. Panicking, Sam rushes inside to gather traps while Ana attempts to keep them from attacking. When an oldsoul, Cris, stumbles along, he is startled by the scene. Continuing to play, Ana leads them from the cottage and they peacefully leave.

It turns out Cris is the original owner of the cottage and he and Sam do not seem to be on friendly terms. Cris is on his way to Heart to help in reorganizing the genealogies of the darksouls. The topic of Templedark comes up and Ana keeps quiet about her reasons for leaving Heart She is searching for the reasons Menehem chose to stop reincarnation. Was it to allow more newsouls to be born or could it have been his attempt to prove Jana’s existence?

Parting ways the next morning with Cris, Sam and Ana continue on to Menehem’s lab. There, they compare the information Ana brought with her from Heart to the small library of research Menehem left behind at the lab. Bouncing theories about the sylph’s behavior, Ana realizes that Sam cannot follow her line of questioning. It slowly dawns her that Janan purposely keeps secrets from the oldsouls about the true nature of the sylphs. Ana decides she needs to discover what secrets Jana keeps in the temple and how the sylphs are involved. Once she figures out the mystery, Ana realizes that she can use Janan’s secrets against him.

What will Ana discover from Menehem’s research? Can she uncover the secrets of the sylphs? Who is Cris and why are he and Sam acting strangely around each other? What is Jana trying to keep quiet? Will Ana learn she is capable of love? And what happens when more newsouls are born?

Jodi Meadows’ will conclude her trilogy with a third book in 2014.

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