In a world where ‘paranormal’ books seem to be preoccupied with vampires or werewolves, Inkarna is quite the standout book. Nerine Dorman gives us reincarnation, ancient Egyptian mysteries and even daimonic powers. What’s not to love?
The story is told by Ashton Kennedy – or rather, by Lizzie, a woman reincarnated into the body of this fairly obnoxious young man. As one of a race of beings known as Inkarna, Lizzie belongs to House Adamastor. This is a group of people dedicated to knowledge and secrets.
Sadly the afterlife is just as riddled with politics and intrigue as the mortal coil. Lizzie, as Ashton, finds herself caught up in a deadly tug of war with House Montu, a warrior cult. You know, as if it’s not hard enough just to deal with the enemies Ashton made during his lifetime!
This is some serious stuff, people – no twinkly vampires or cuddly werewolves here. The Inkarna have daimonic powers that put the Jedi and Sith to shame, and when it all kicks off, it REALLY kicks off.
Things to love about Inkarna
There are many things I loved about Inkarna. Clearly its basis within ancient Egyptian mythology was one of them. Dorman knows her stuff and her passion for the subject bleeds through every word.
The concept of a woman finding herself trapped inside a man’s body was equally fascinating. Lizzie’s slow transition as she ‘grows into’ Ashton was impressive and well-handled. The setting of South Africa was also a point of interest. I’ve never been, but I feel like I’ve explored Cape Town along with Ashton and Marlise, his partner-in-crime.
There were several occasions when reading that I got so wrapped up in the book that I almost missed train stops, and I’d get “itchy fingers” until I could get back to turning the pages.
Do you love paranormal or mystical fiction? Stories that are a bit out of the ordinary? Or do you just enjoy a well-written book? Whichever you are, I’d highly recommend Inkarna.
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Ash also appears in Blood and Fire, a collaboration between Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman. The story involved Carrie’s vampire, Xan Marcelles and Nerine’s reincarnating spirit, Ashton Kennedy.