So, in one of my favorite book series, The Arcana Chronicles, players in the game are reincarnated with the winner who remains immortal.
Oh, before I go any further, I need to mention a few disclaimers. One, I’m not talking about reincarnation to force my beliefs on anyone. Two, I’m to talking about reincarnation to offend anyone. And three, I’m talking about reincarnation because it has to do with a story I’ve read, that’s it. Bottom line.
Tsk, tsk. Such a risky subject. You’re walking a tight rope.
Well, it’s my blog 😉 . And if you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing it right.
What I offer is perspective. Another side to any story, or the same side in others.
With disclaimers laid down, let me also mention the perspective in which I discuss reincarnation just so there is no confusing personal beliefs with what I’m thinking about discussing, which is that I’m treating reincarnation as a theory in this particular plot line.
Now, for the definition.
So, the definition I’m operating from comes from Wikipedia, which states “reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body.”
That is such an interesting definition. And what a philosophical concept!
What really tugs at me in the Arcana Chronicles is that Aric is the winner of the last few games and so he is immortal; lived for centuries. Evie has been reincarnated, but in a past life she and Aric were married. If we are to go by current wedding vows, it says “until death do you part” but Aric never dies. And if Evie is reincarnated, in theory, doesn’t that mean she’s still married? It’s one soul, right? So you’re the same soul that’s reincarnated. And she remembers her past lives so … yeah.
However, in this current life Evie falls in love with Jack before ever meeting Aric, in this life, and therefore not remembering she was married until she meets up with Aric. How does that fit into the picture? I mean, *low whistles* one messed up love triangle, huh? (And that’s why I did a post on love triangles too, *shakes my head*. See that one here)
And then there’s the whole soul mate angle. Soulmate is defined as “a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity.” So you have reincarnation and then soulmate. And these two are tied in with “fate” and “destiny,” I’m sure. It seems you can’t have all this going on and not touch on fate and destiny. And since we’re at it, let’s define fate and destiny.
Fate: as a noun – the development of events beyond a person’s control
Fate: as a verb – be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way
Destiny: events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future
Where are you going with this, may I ask?
I have no idea. No idea. I think I just wanted to write it down so I can look back and maybe try to piece together a why. When the ending comes around. I think Cole has at least one more book for this series.
Reincarnation, soulmate, destiny, and fate. Big things. Big philosophical things. And all tied into personal beliefs too. But I love this perspective because while I may not personally believe any of these concepts (as defined; because I may believe in other forms of it, other “theories”) it’s interesting to see the author weave them into her story.
And the ending! Goodness gracious, I can’t tell you how much I want to see how this story ends. It’s so interesting when you come down to the details of it.
Anyway, reincarnation and stuff 😉 .