Dividing Eden by: Joelle Charbonneau

Summary:

Twins 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?

The Review:

This is a book I wanted to pick up, mainly because of the premise. I liked the Hunger Games mixed in within the fantasy genre and how both Carys and Andreus had to battle for a throne they didn’t know they would have to.

While the book does sort of start off a little slow, once the conflict starts, in which the king and crowned prince were assassinated, that is where the story picks up. In the beginning you the relationship that both Carys and Andreus has as twins. Also with the fact that they weren’t groomed for the crown.

You really see the relationship between Carys and Andreues. Carys always feels protective of her brother, and when hey are given the trials to determine who gets the crown, she immediately is against it and is trying to come up with deceitful ways in order to protect each other and put one over on the Elders.

Throughout the book they are put on trials to see which one will take the crown, but as the story goes on both of the twins are pushed to their limits. The Trials of Succession felt almost like a messed up Triwizard Tournament, and it tested how Carys and Andreus would be as leaders.

In terms of the Twins, I liked Carys a lot more. I feel like a lot of the development went to her character as she was the more critical thinker. While I did also like Andreus, I felt that his character lacked a lot of development. Maybe the next book will further devleop his character.

I also liked a lot of the side characters, in particularly Imogen and Erick. Imogen was betrothed of Andreus’s brother Micah, but was also having an affair with Andreus. She is a seer and could tell the future of the Kingdom. Erick is a sort of love interests for Carys, while yes there was a love element, it was developed well and didn’t distract from the story.

The book also had some really good twists that I really don’t want to spoil, while some you could see coming, others would take you by surprise. It also has some good magical elements which sort of surprised me but I enjoyed anyway.

In the end, Dividing Eden was a very good book. While it was a little light on the plot, the characters were very engaging and it had a great cliff hanger ending that makes me excited for the next book.

Grade: 4/5

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