Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegan; 432 pages
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.
While I want to talk about this book, I want to talk about something a bit more obvious. The cover. Actually, all the covers for this series. They're absolutely stunning. Seriously! How could you walk passed this book and not stop to admire it? Pick it up, see what it's all about and then, in turn, buy it. Now, while I love all these covers none of them are as great as this. When I was first shown this cover, I couldn't help but get all giddy (I hid it some since we were in the middle of Barnes & Noble) but it's so beautiful. The colors are what got me -it's my favorite colors blended in to one cover (blue, green & purple) - not to mention the feathers (which are important, as each cover has significance to each book). While I held the ARC in my hand, it's not the same as the final copy. I can't wait to hold it in my hands and who knows, maybe I'll hug it. I won't leave the rest out - we'll have a group hug.
Now that that is out of the way, let's talk about this book. It's actually hard for me to talk about this book because all I keep thinking about is the Epilogue. I've never read an epilogue that was done as perfectly as Jodi did with this series. Seriously. I went back and read it again because I loved it so much. Clearly, I can't talk details about it because it'll spoil this entire book for you and we wouldn't want that. But go read the book, come back here and gush with me about how perfect it was.
Cris is one of my favorite people from this series. He was introduced in the last book and I couldn't get enough of him. When he sacrificed himself for Ana, my heart broke. Not because we lost him but because he just proved how perfect he really was. He was giving up his life for a hopefully better life for everyone else, especially Newsouls, like Ana. It makes me tear up just thinking about it but when we thought that might have been the end of him, he pops up at the very end of Asunder as none other than a sylph. I squealed, I did - so I was REALLY looking forward to this book. There is plenty of him and yet, not enough. Sam and Ana even find a way to communicate with Cris and the other sylph's and it's beautiful. Everything about Cris and Ana's friendship is beautiful. Ana needs all the friends she can get when so many people in Heart hate her for what she is and what she took away from them.
Dragons play a huge part in this book and you can just imagine the thrill Sam has with this. The one thing he's most afraid of becomes something they need to depend on. But we won't go in to much detail about that because I'd rather leave that for you to come across on your own. It's quite fascinating, which shouldn't be surprising since it is dragons, afterall.
Ana and Sam face a lot of bumps along the way, not only with their mission but with their relationship. Many times I was on the verge of a breakdown because I couldn't take the tension between them - it was unbearable.
*highlight to view spoiler* I have to agree with someone thing that Jen, from Jenuine Cupcakes said while we discussed this book. This was a book with self sacrifice that was done RIGHT. It was done for the right reasons, made complete and utter sense how it was done and everything that went in to it. If you can't guess where this discussion came from (ie: what other book we might be talking about) I'm sorry, but I'm not going to spoil that for you. It was just done as beautifully as the epilogue! *end spoiler*
It kind of blows my mind how much happened in this book and how much fun it was to take this journey with these characters. I really want to go back and re-read this book and I think I might when I get the hardcover in (after I pet it, of course). This is another final book in a trilogy so if you've read the previous two, it's obviously one you don't want to miss. If you haven't, I'm sorry you read my review.
Thank you so much to Jodi for letting me borrow one of her precious ARCs. You, my friend, rock my socks!