Sunday, October 13, 2013

Phoenix Overture (Newsoul #2.5) by Jodi Meadows - Paul's Review

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Title: Phoenix Overture (Newsoul #2.5)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Year Published: 2013

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Synopsis: 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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Review: I didn't know what to expect with this novella. I was kind of hoping for a bunch of stories from Sam's perspective of him living and dying as different bodies in different lives. That's not what this story is. It is the story of how everything came to be the way it is. 

The Cataclysm happened two generations ago and there are not many humans alive. They struggle to survive in a strange new world. 

The Sam everyone loves from Incarnate and Asunder is present, just beginning his love of music. Stef also is starting his work as an inventor. 

I liked seeing Sam before everything happened. Reading this made me want to reread the first two books before Infinite's release. There are so many questions I have that I hope are answered in the final book.

If you've read Incarnate and Asunder, you should definitely read this. I still want a novella compiling the dragon deaths of Sam, though. I give this novella a 4/5.


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