A world created by the hands of God,
A kingdom on it's knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all.
Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth.
When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession.
She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it.
On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
|Publisher:||The Universal Publishing group|
|Product dimensions:||6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.46(d)|
About the Author
Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant.
Aoife Marie Sheridan now spends endless hours reading and writing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The average life of Sarajane Anderson is about to change drastically. Her quiet existence shatters when she is abducted by strange men with odd abilities. Even more shocking, she has not been drug off to a secret location to await a ransom. She has been taken to a parallel world, one where her birthright means magic, unbreakable laws, and deadly consequences. Right from the beginning I was captured by this book. Readers first meet Sarajane as she is searching for her mother who has vanished with no explanation and no leads. The effect of her mother's disappearance is felt by the whole family, and affects every aspect of their lives. Sheridan did a great job of setting up the backstories of her characters and making sure the readers cared about what happened to them. Another great aspect of the characters in this book was Sheridan's ability to write unlikable characters. The king of Saskia is a very complex character. Many times, I wanted to throw something at him. Yet, at other times his redeeming qualities made me want to give him another chance. Even Sarajane's mother had this duality to her character that will make readers struggle to know their feelings toward her. There were no stock characters. Everyone had a story, a life before the book, that played a role in their decisions and actions. I am very interested to continue following the characters and seeing how they change and grow. The world of Saskia was well developed as well. Details like the physical landscape and overall geography of the kingdoms were carefully planned and added depth to the story. The magic system was unique and the story behind it was something I found very interesting. This first book provided some answers about the world and magic, but I got the impression that there is more left unsaid. Along with the world, the overall story was very well thought out. I didn't notice any plot holes or sections that didn't mesh with everything else. Sarajane's introduction to this world was full of conflict, complications, and danger. I was entertained all the way through. Finally, the romance. There are really two love stories this book explores. Sarajane's mother and biological father face no end of problems given their stations in life when they first meet. All of which is complicated by her mother becoming pregnant with Sarajane and being forced to flee. It was very interesting to see these two be reunited and see the changes in each one. My feelings about them changed several times throughout the book. The other romance is between Sarajane and a guardian named Tristan. At their initial meeting. Sarajane can't stand him, which is perfectly reasonable. Yet, as they are pushed together during traveling and fighting, true feelings begin to emerge. That hardly means being together will be easy. Strict class systems are only part of the problem. Forced arranged marriages are an even bigger issue, but in the end the danger facing them both and the wrath of Sarajane's father present no end of problems keeping them apart. I have no doubt that these two will face many problems throughout the book that they will have to overcome in order to share their lives. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline, world, and characters were engaging and kept me turning pages right up until the end.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything your about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book! I enjoyed this book very much! This book was different then anything I have read! The author has done a wonderful job with the plot and world building! This is the first time I have read anything from this author but it won't be the last! I liked the main character and enjoyed watching her discover a world she never knew existed. Sarajane is kidnapped and thrown into the unknown. It is there that she finds out that a part of her as always belonged there! She has many struggles to overcome and many truths to face! I really can't wait until June to pick up where we left off in Sarajane adventures and to see what happens next in this AMAZING Series! So Overall I would give this book 4.5 stars!
A fantasy that keeps you reading, wondering and entertained. So much can be developed with fiction, but without characters you enjoy, the story never blossoms. Aoife keeps you entertained, and involved. It's a good read and you'll want to read the sequels to find out what else happens. Writing a fantasy fiction can be so much fun, but still making it believable is a little bit harder than many think. You have to work hard on development of the characters to be sure that the reader understands, believes and can emotionally attach to what is happening to them. Aoife does work on that, but should have gone a little further to make the reader cheer for their success and cry for their loss with more definitive reactions to certain things. Keeping the reader involved in the story is all about the characters and the movement of their lives. The theme of this book is not only interesting, it's entertaining, and believable, at least as much as fantasy can be. The story keeps moving, and it definitely creates pictures in your mind. I really do want to read the next book and see what happens. For her first book, I think it was done quite well, and subsequent ones should be even better. What the main character learns would be shocking to most people, but she doesn't seem to react too much to it, which dampens your reaction. This leaves you wondering if you missed something that explained her calm reaction. The book moves from one world to another, and one character's story to another, so sometimes you really start to feel like you are in the story understanding each person. But yet still trying to figure out the why of what happens keeps you reading. Aoife did a good job of tying everything together though, allowing you to see the whole picture and yet from different views of the characters. Each character definitely had their personalities and you certainly knew what you liked and didn't like. So when some reactions missed the mark, you create your own idea of why and what happened to make them so. That's okay unless later in the story or sequel what happens changes everything you created. Then your whole ideas may leave you less than happy with the character and the story, hence the quest of defining the character and all their reactions in a full spectrum of disposition. A huge plus is Aoife creates likable, even lovable characters that still have some flaws like a normal person. On the opposite side she creates some that you dislike, but still have something about them that makes you want them to see them come around to the good side. All in all this was a great story, good characters, and a writing well done. I think everyone would enjoy this book and be anxious to read the sequels.
Eden Forest one of the most gripping books I have read in a long time. Aoife has created an amazing world that I felt I was in my-self. Can't wait for book two to see what happens with tristan and sarajane.
I wasn't sure if this book was for me, but I couldn't put it down. It was very visual and I felt myself walking with Sarajane through Saskia. The world building was amazing. Looking forward to book two.
I found this book Eden Forest, to be something new and fresh. Love Sarajane the main character she was a strong and realistic charter. Adored the love story between her and Tristan. Can't wait for the second book. Roll on June 2013.