Review: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams
After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.
Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting–and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she’s his again, and every moment she stays, she’s putting herself and the people she’s grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was excited to read THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I actually did. Sure, the plot sounded intriguing, but reincarnation novels can be a hit or miss. So I went in went in with low expectations, only to find myself completely engulfed in Seraphina’s story.
The story is about Seraphina Ames. Centuries earlier, when an attack almost killed her, Cyrus turned her into an Incarnate. She’s spent the past six hundred years jumping from body to body, living under the control of Cyrus. As the time approaches for her to switch bodies, as her current body is nearing its end, Sera decides she can’t do it anymore. She doesn’t want to be controlled by Cyrus anymore, and she doesn’t want to keep killing off other people to ensure she remains alive. But it isn’t that simple. Sera manages to escape, but Cyrus isn’t willing to let her go. He’ll stop at nothing – including going after those that Sera has come to love – in order to lure her back.
I really enjoyed THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER. The Cyrus we meet in the very beginning of the story is a completely different man from the one we come to know throughout the rest of the story. He’s controlling, abusive, and menacing; a far cry from the boy who wanted to save Sera.
At times, after Sera overtook Kailey’s body, I found myself frustrated with Sera. She was constantly making plans to escape, but something always brought her back. But even though it may be frustrating, I can understand why she kept going back. With Cyrus and his group of Incarnates, Sera never really had a family. She served as his puppet for the most part. But with Kailey’s family, living Kailey’s life, she feels as though she belongs. She’s found the family she never knew that she wanted. Sera isn’t willing to risk their lives for her own freedom. Returning is the only way she can, hopefully, stop Cyrus before it’s too late.
All in all, this is definitely one of the most exciting books I’ve read this year. I would definitely recommend this one. It’s a fast, thrilling read, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Sera next