Incanta - Soul-Catcher: Dark Gothic Fantasy (Lost Souls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
- Publication date : November 13, 2014
- File size : 3049 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- ASIN : B00PMFHZKQ
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,536 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let me tell you that this book absolutely astounded me within the first chapter (which is important to me since first chapters are supposed to grab you, not make you wonder if you should read on). The world building is FANTASTIC. I found myself flipping back and forth on my Kindle, trying to make sure I was understanding everything I read, as this is no cookie-cutter fantasy tale. This is deep and complex, emotional and dark -everything I love in any book. This is certainly no young adult novel with immature characters and themes (thank goodness for that).
I almost felt slimy reading through the first few chapters, trying to get a grasp of this dark world that Avie Adams has created. It almost struck me as some sick dark magic cult, except the people part of it have no other knowledge of life being any other way. They live on their Island and serve the dark forces there, because that is how it has been for generations upon generations. We come upon Cytriah, a new Incanta who has come to question everything she is and the world around her. She finds the cruelty tasteless, trying to find her own way to keep her Reviver (Amond) pleased with her work as she sings to the souls they must capture and place into dead bodies (enslaving them).
Cytriah has high expectations of herself and greater ambitions; she wants to become an Exalted, an elite rank of her order that also must remain chaste. We get the sense that it is all she dreams of becoming, only we see her slipping, barely making it through her rituals with Amond, her cold and precise Reviver (who is sort of her Keeper in a way, seeing as she sort of belongs to him unless he chooses to cast her out). It took me awhile to figure out why she was slipping (and it ends up being a multitude of reasons) but we eventually figure out that the abuse the children suffer in the "Hive" (which is where all children are born and raised to become a Reviver or Incanta) twists them horribly. Not only emotionally, but sometimes the scars a physical. Cytriah has a deep, terrible emotional scar that makes her fear that she is less than she is...and it begins to tear her apart and doubt everything that she stands for.
The Reviver and Incanta dynamic is a joy to read. A Reviver takes an Incanta into his 'Chapel' hoping that she will bring him prosperity and many successful rituals (and the glory of having a fantastic reputation). I also loved the dynamic of the different generations (the Fourth vs the Third). In the beginning of the book, we see a couple essentially sentenced to horrific fates just due to the fact that they were caught in an intimate way and they did not belong to the same generation. It is forbidden for out of generation mixing due to the fact that no one really knows who their parents are....even though someone must have some sort of record of it. Here is good ole' me, loving my age gap romance and crying "No! Don't get barred from dating the older man!".
This book is so unique and fresh that I could not get enough.
I will say that the only reason this is not 5 stars is just because I found the Daemon thing to be a little goofy through the randomly appearing Helliodon character. I wasn't much of a fan of his, nor did I like how the end seemed to get wrapped around him and some tragic occurrences. I felt that his character existed solely for the end to occur the way it did. I will withhold judgment for now since perhaps there will be a purpose to him in the second book. I'm hoping it will make for something juicy since I felt that I missed out on an ending for Amond and Cytriah in this book.
Overall, I loved this book. I cannot wait for more in this series. I am so sad there is not more out yet!! This is one of the first well written dark Fantasy tales I have read in a very long, long time. Well done, Avie Adams!
Cy's world was introduced right from the beginning, so it took some time for me to get used to their culture. Very dark, it is, but since I quite enjoy that sort of thing, this world only became more desirable. It was frightening, and nostalgic, but so hopeful for the people who weren't completely lost to the lies they were fed from birth.
The plot was well thought out and I loved that every character was played out to their full use. And that twist in the end? It's left me wanting more, especially the second book, which I desperately need. It's an enormous recommend read for me. The writing, the complexity of the characters and the things left unsaid, the suspense, the slow burning, forbidden romance, the dry humor, I loved every single bit of this and the different emotions evoked.
To skip this is to miss out.
It started off a little slow for me just because the world is so strange and dark, but it grew on me and just kept growing.
The world building is fantastic, the characters are well thought out and play into each other perfectly. I really love the relationship between Cytria and Amond. I didn't even know this was a love story/romance (which isn't my thing) until it was too late. I was already a prisoner of the story.
If I had one issue with this book, it's that it was a little wordy. The editor could have shaved bit off, but it doesn't take anything away from a fantastic, well written book.
Top reviews from other countries
I directly enjoy the book once the speed of impacted up and there are definitely some twists and turns as well as many surprises. It is a very inventive and imaginate plot which is very detailed and vivid. I really loved the way that the author created this whole new world and all the different characters and their roles within this world. I loved reading about Cytriah, she has a very fiery personality which she tried extremely hard to contain and to keep hidden. I love how she doesn't just accept things how they are, she has questions and challengers others even if there is Danger to her. She is passionate and loyal and although it doesn't seem like it at first Among has these same traits and although they both exude a cool exterior they are extremely passionate inside and they bring this out of each other. I have to say as well that I loved all the different names of the characters.
I would definitely class this as a must read and if people struggle with the beginning of this book i urge you to carry on as the rest of the book is amazing and you can't stop reading!!!
This is the first book I have read by Avie Adams, and she has become a new favourite author...I love the way she writes and the beautiful way she portrays the background and details of this imaginative world. This story is dark and haunting...there's so much suffering and bleakness...but there's also hope and longing...I have never read a novel that seems to really attach itself to you...this story will stay with me and I will be following this author to see what other wonders and creations she will weave. If your looking for a romantic fantasy filled with sex and trash you won't find it here, this is much more intriguing, dark and imaginative. I just love this story and I especially love the leading lady, it's so refreshing to see a heroine who is not focused on her beauty but on her intelligence, curiosity, bravery and her wilful determination to find her own truths and answers!
You want something different...try this I recommend it.
Having finished it I now plan to read the prequel book. It's not a love story....and yet maybe it is.