So. A blogger friend of mine, Lindsay, was chatting with author Kathleen Peacock on twitter just before Christmas. Kathleen, being awesome, offered to send Lindsay a copy of Asunder. Lindsay, being confused, said no. I jumped in on this conversation and, well, both Lindsay and I have now read Asunder. And all’s well with the world.
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
I read Incarnate rather early…I think last August. And thus much of it had flown out of my brain when I started Asunder nearly a year and half later. I did remember that I cried a lot for the sadness of Ana’s life. And that I adored Sam. And there were dragons.
While Asunder had much of the same elements of Ana discovering who she is, it took it a step further with the mystery of reincarnation and Ana’s newness and how the mythical creatures of the world are also involved.
And OH MY GOD. I loved the well….no spoilers…but PHOENIXES!!!! I am soooo excited for the next book when I hope we get ALL THE ANSWERS! And see some Phoenixes!
Sam was still adorable and I loved all of his interactions with Ana. And the drama that he has collected over 5000 years. There were times when I thought maybe it was a little unbelievable but then I remembered FIVE THOUSAND YEARS, and figured they were all do a little drama.
I hated the council and pretty much everyone who wasn’t a friend of Ana’s. I can even kind of see where they are coming from. I mean, we get one life (as far as we know) and death generally scares most people. So, the idea of dying and never coming back, which Ana represents for them, must be terrifying. But still. They were all such jerks.
I absolutely loved Ana’s take charge attitude in this book. She was going to find all the answers and make it safe for everyone. I love that she turned into this mother-hen-protector even though she is HOLYCRAP younger than most other characters. I think my favourite line in the whole book was when she says to Sam, “I’ll protect you from the Dragons.” It was just so…adorable and really summed up her new protector role and her love for Sam.
I did find…hrmmm, how to explain without spoiling. Not spoiling is so hard. But lets say that every clue Ana and Sam acquired generally disappeared before they had an opportunity to fully use/explore/read/understand it. And after awhile I was just like, “so why do they keep finding them??” And I don’t know, it just annoyed me. Also, even with the accumulated drama of five thousand years, not EVERYONE has to be in love with Sam. Just saying.
But overall, I highly enjoyed this book and the new characters and new twists. I think I especially like Cris. His story was interesting and I loved where he was at the end of the book and what that means for the world and the rest of the story. Eager to learn more about that and, hopefully, see PHOENIXES!!!!
Incarnate 3, please come quickly.