SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first two books in the Newsoul trilogy, Incarnate and Asunder, Stop! I don't want to ruin the series for you.
"The Year of Souls began with a thunderous crash and rumble from deep within the earth."
Ana has been exiled from Heart by the ruling Council and Sam has chosen to join her. The next day, an earthquake strikes and it is followed by several hydrothermal eruptions. Sam has only seen two such eruptions in his various lifetimes and it was a long time ago. Before they can leave town, Mat, one of Deborl's friends, comes to Sam's house with the intent of killing Ana. He believes that she and all of the new souls are abominations and must be stopped. Ana is able to throw some bathroom cleaner into his face and they are able to flee the house. They go to Stef's house and send her a message to meet them at the library with the mothers of some of the newsouls. When more than forty people show up, Ana is surprised that so many would join their cause. Stef explains that the number if earthquakes and eruptions has been increasing. The caldera is unstable and will erupt soon. Ana surprises everyone by saying she knows it will happen on Soul Night. On the night of Templedark, Meuric told her that "something would happen on Soul Night that nothing would matter after it." Ana believes that he meant the eruption and that Janan will ascend. Ana tells them that Janan is real but he is not what they have been led to believe. She doesn't know how or why or what will happen but Janan will return on Soul Night and a cataclysmic event much worse than an earthquake or eruption will occur. There is no way to stop the caldera but they can stop Janan. Right now, all of the newsouls and their supporters are no longer safe in Heart. And the further away they can get from the caldera, the better their chances of survival.
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