Rating: 5 stars
Pub date: 3 September 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Format: e-book, personal copy
Status: Novella from the Incarnate series
This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.
Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.
In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?
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***SPOILERS FOR ASUNDER!!!! This is a prequel, but has MAJOR spoilers for the second series book***
Oh, Dossam. I don’t think it’s possible to love him any more.
After Ana sees the skeletons chained together in the tower, I HAD to know what led Sam and the others to agree to their reincarnation while Janan devoured newsouls. What could be so important to let them sacrifice so many others for their own immortality?
I let out lots of fangirl squeals when Jodi announced that she was working on a novella from Sam’s point of view. No, I’m not ashamed to admit it. When I finally got my hands on the novella, I was so ecstatic. You know who was more excited? My toddler. He asked me numerous times while I was reading to “Read, mama, please.”
Let me put a quick summary on this. Bad things happen. Evil authors are evil. Yup. That can tell you everything you need to know. Not enough? Okay.
Sam’s mother has just recently died. His father blames him and is abusive already. Sam’s brother is torn. He blames Sam, but tries to protect him. His father believes he’s useless. Music is good for nothing. He tells him to go enlist with Janan or never set foot in the house again. On the way, Sam comes across Stef.
Oh, Stef. Mischievous, wonderful Stef. He is the first to start calling Dossam, Sam. Much to Sam’s chagrin and after much protesting, he lets it slide. Stef almost kills Sam. On accident, but still. Stef and his inventions. He’s such a mess!
Now that we know the origins of friendship for the dynamic duo, you know bad things go down, cause well, Jodi cannot NOT be mean to Sam. Don’t believe me? Go ask her. She’ll tell you she has to be mean.
The blissful world of Range and Heart are nonexistent in the novella. It’s chaotic and terrifying. Everyone is in fear for their lives. Janan and his warriors are captured and it is decided the entire population will move to rescue him. Millions of people are forced to uproot and travel for months.
Attack after attack occur. I’m telling you, Jodi can be very cruel. Mean and EVIL. The ultimate death and next attack occur quickly and then you understand WHY they make the choice they do. It really makes you question what you would do in their place.
I loved every single word of this novella. I would totally be okay if Jodi wanted to write the similar back story for say, Cris? Just an idea. (: I loved that even though this is essentially the same world, the tone and flow of the story are entirely their own. It completely belongs to Sam. Just like the glorious music.
Now, what you’ve been waiting for! I’m hosting my FIRST giveaway. I’ve helped with others in my reviews and such, but this is the first of my own choosing. One lucky winner will receive their own ebook copy of Phoenix Overture.
Open to US only. Sorry international readers, hopefully I will be able to do one for you soon! Entrants must be 13+ and those under 18 must have parental consent. Giveaway is open until 12AM December 16th, 2013. (NOTE THE EXTENDED DATE!) I reserve the right to disqualify entries in violation of my giveaway policies. Good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor! (: