What is your purpose in life? Should be an easy question, right? You exist after all. There must be a reason. Something you are meant to do to leave a legacy. A way to ensure people will remember your name, even if they are too afraid to say it out loud. But of course, you don’t know. You’re probably sitting at home wishing a giant would knock down your door and tell you that you are a wizard. That someone would suddenly show up to explain to you that you that you are special. Different. Meant for something greater.
What if everyone else around you knew EXACTLY what their purpose was except for you? What if they’d known for years, centuries even, because they’d lived all that time? Had lifetimes to discover their identities not because of horcruxes, or the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) stone, but because every time they died they were simply reborn again?
A world in which everyone lives forever is a scary, scary idea. One person trying to live forever is a challenge, everyone living forever is… boring. When there’s no risk of death for anyone then where is the purpose? How can anybody truly live if nobody can die? There is no secret to living forever in Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. People live, they die, and they are born again. It is a given. At least until Ana arrives.
Ana is a new-soul, or perhaps a no-soul. While everyone else has lived forever, she is brand new to the world. The ONLY person who does not have a past. In fact, when Ana was born, for the first time in memory, someone else’s life was gone forever. A soul destroyed faster than you can say ‘struck with a basilisk fang.’
Forced into a new world which is old news to everyone else, Ana must figure out not only her place; but how to survive. Along the way she encounters Dossam, dancing, dragons and danger. All while trying to figure out what, and who, she truly is.
Incarnate is not a book you read because you like others of it’s kind; because there aren’t others of its kind. Like Ana, it is new. It is a completely new story filled with fresh ideas, fresh characters and a fresh journey. A journey that you will want to take along with the characters. It is one of those glorious books that not only tells you a story, but makes you think. The questions Ana asks herself are the ones that everyone asks themselves, (unless you’re a wizarding evil genius), and you will be surprised to find her answers.
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows is available in stores now.