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?
I had a great time reading this novella! Seeing Sam at his awkwardest was something that I’d have never guessed but I adored the way he cared for his brother as well as his best friend. It’s wonderful to see him and Stef help one another out at times when they had to face life-threatening situations. I had never liked Meuric and Li, and this novella confirmed their hideous nature. Janan was a formidable man and here, we got to see why no one dared to challenge and oppose him. If you’re like me, who’d felt puzzled by the overt hostility of those who hated new souls, you’d want to pick up this novella. While Phoenix Overture did not offer us a direct answer, it showed us the hardship as well as the fears of those who followed Janan five millennia ago. Through seeing what they had to go through, I began to recognize a similar sense of insecurity that they had when they were forced to face the unknown. Did that give them the excuse to behave maliciously? No, but it helped me see that they’re victims and not the villains I had assumed. I guess I’ll have to wait till Infinite comes out to discover what Janan was really up to but if I could make a wish, I’d wish that Ana and Sam had their happily ever after in the end.