Book Review – Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (spoilers)

dividing edenTwins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 4/5 Stars

There is a spoiler inluded below that I think is not too spoilery but I can’t remember when writing this where we first learn about it in the book, I think earlyish, but just in case I am including the spoiler warning.

I thought for a good while on my rating of four stars, thinking about 3.5. This is because I really enjoyed bits but didn’t some of the others. However, I like the start and ending, I (as always!) like the politics and intrigue, and I like where I think it’s going next. So I’m sticking with 4!

The start is really promising, there’s family drama – you definitely get the impression that the kingdom is not where you’d want to live early on! And there’s wind energy which you NEVER see in fantasy and is awesome. I liked that Andreus spends his time learning and with the masters. Carys was harder to get a handle on at first! But through the book my views flipped totally, and Carys was a lot more likeable (if still hard to fully understand) and Andreus is a total bastard who needs to be pushed off a roof. 😂 I get that he’s being influenced but it seems such a 180.

The politics of the kingdom are interesting. The family stuff, like king and queen who seem like poor rulers and worse parents, seem fairly typical for fantasy fare these days. But I did like the elders trying to orchestrate the downfall of the royals.

The ending – without being too spoilery, really sort of needed to come earlier as it was super interesting and definitely gives me hope for the sequel!

An interesting and good read, but I’m still a bit conflicted about that 4th star!

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