Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So I've finally begun this first series of Jodi Meadows', and while I can't say I enjoy it more than The Orphan Queen - hell, I think the three-year gap between this book and that one shows how much her craft improved - I still have to give it points for not only blending genres a bit better (being a blend of fantasy and implied post-apocalyptic dystopian), but also for being equally as addictive a piece of prose as The Orphan Queen. However, while Meadows' later series lacked a little in world-building, this book seems to lack even more, because it presents so many unusual concepts - reincarnation, nosouls, dragons, sylph (which, for some reason, are referred to as "sylph" even in the plural, which confused me to no end), and more - and fails to properly develop most of them beyond the surface of "this is a fantasy world, just go with it."
I'll say this much, though - while the book is mind-boggling in some of the most unsatisfying ways, it's still an interesting enough story that I'm going to read the sequels, if only to see if Meadows improves over time.
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