Series: The Reincarnationist #2
Pub date: Nov 2008
Source: Personal copy
I really liked the first book in the series, The Reincarnationist, which dealt with reincarnation and past life memories.The Memorist continues with events after The Reincarnationist.
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The dreads are back. As a child, Meers Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place, always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the hand of the past has reached out again. An envelope addressed to her and delivered to the Phoenix Foundation–an institute dedicated to the recovery of past life memories–contains a childhood drawing of an elaborate box that Meers recognizes…and a sheet from an auction catalog identifying the object–which she spent years imagining–as an eighteenth-century gaming box.
Determined to unlock the mystery of who she once was, she travels to Vienna to find the box. With each step, she comes closer to remembering the connections between a clandestine reincarnationist society, the lost Memory Flute linked to Ludwig van Beethoven and rumored to open the door to the past, and to David Yalom, a journalist who knows all too well how the past affects the future.
The Memorist has a slightly slower pace than the first book and it felt a little longer. This story feels more fleshed out and Rose takes her time to add details and let the characters figure out their past lives slowly.
Meer is the protagonist in this second book of the series and she is joined by Malachai Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation. Meer is another of Samuel’s patients and he has been helping her make sense of the memories that have been plaguing her since she was a child.
I really liked the character of Meer in her current incarnation as well as her past lives. She is spunky and determined to get her way. The Memorist takes the reader all across time and space from Beethoven’s Vienna to the Indus valley.
The second book also deals with the hunt for a memory tool. While the sense of smell played an important role in recalling past life memories in the first book, in this one, it is sound, or rather music that acts as a trigger.
I loved reading about the Kabbala beliefs of reincarnation and attaining oneness. The concept is very beautiful and connects with the Hindu belief about achieving oneness with the universe.
The Memorist makes a good stand-alone and you can enjoy it even if you haven’t read the first book in the series. But there might be some spoilers in case you decide the first book at a later time.
Rose brings beautiful Vienna alive, both in the present and in the past. Her research of Indus valley was very interesting to me and I learnt something new about that age.
If you’re like me, read The Reincarnationist first, but if you’re not so fussy about reading a series in order, start with The Memorist.
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