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.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–In this final installment of the trilogy, Ana must decide what to do with the truth regarding reincarnation. Unbeknownst to her friends and love interest, Sam, Janan the Destroyer has been consuming new souls so that his followers from thousands of years ago may continue to be reborn. If he is freed from the temple and “ascends,” his supporters will become immortal while the land will be destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes—a plot point Meadows reiterates. As a “nosoul,” Ana has been exiled from the city of Heart. Her loyal friends have decided to leave with her, as well as the ethereal sylph who also wishes to see Janan’s downfall. The group’s journey is challenging, as they must face a mixed bag of interesting (mythological) creatures while trying to figure out how to hinder Janan’s plan. Ana and Sam’s relationship is strained when he learns she has not been completely truthful with him, but they have a steamy reconciliation once he realizes her motives. The final scenes are action packed and intense. Fans of the series should find the conclusion satisfactory, though it’s a long journey getting there.–Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO