Newsoul Series, Book 3
Note: Reading information below might spoil earlier books in the series. Personally, I think it just makes this series sweeter.
Description (taken from Jodi Meadows' website):
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.
After figuring out the mystery behind reincarnation, Ana has been exiled from Heart. As supporters of Janan fight to help restore him, Ana must work to make the truth known to everyone. She only has a few she can trust. But with Sam having full confidence in her, maybe she'll be able to figure out what to do next. And of course, she's still got her flute to make music magic with.
Ana has a plan to prevent Janan from ascending on Soul Night, well sort of a plan. She's still working through translating the temple books because there has to be answers on how to stop Janan in there. But while traveling away from Heart, Ana gets to experience legendary creatures like centaurs, rocs, dragons, etc. And with her naive curiosity, she sees creatures in a new light: not something to be completely frightened of, instead something to be respected. As the sylph promise to defend her, Ana works on getting others to help fight Janan. But she doesn't realize that the biggest thing she will fight is people's ignorance of the truth.
This whole series has been really cute. I love the devotion Sam has for Ana: how he will always choose her over anything. And their music! Recognizing how much music is integrated into this story is like seeing a beautiful symphony interlaced between chapters. The music never stops. Then we also get to see the people of Heart struggle with the decisions made in the past that allowed them to reincarnate. It truly brought up real-life questions that we have to face everyday. then add the fantasy factor and throw in some dragons and other mythical characters. And when I realized the ending was coming too fast, I was worried that things wouldn't end properly. But it does. And it's so beautiful.
This series is definitely one of those happy-go-lucky series that makes you think and feel love. While I personally found the covers creepy, I thought the series as a whole was absolutely gorgeous. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good fantasy.
Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.