Dividing Eden: Dividing Eden, Book 1

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Deadly duel between royal twins frequently surprises.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Explores the abuse of royal power and how the rules of inheritance can cause great disruption.

Positive Messages

Brothers and sisters should be able to trust each other and work together toward a common goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Carys and Andreus are both troubled individuals. Carys is addicted to a heroin-like potion; Andreus fears that he is physically cursed. The trials they are put through make them even more desperate.


From the moment King Ulron and Prince Micah are killed in an ambush, Dividing Eden contains scenes of violence. Carys is flogged as punishment for disobedience. Andreus beheads a young intruder. During the Trial of Succession, opponents duel with quarterstaffs and attempt to sabotage each other while descending a sheer cliff.


Andreus has a reputation as someone who has slept with many women. Both he and Carys have serious romantic interests, but each has no time for more than a few passionate embraces.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Carys is addicted to a drug similar to heroin.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dividing Eden is the start of a new fantasy series by Joelle Charbonneau (Need). It follows a set of royal twins as they participate in a Trial of Succession in the wake of their father's and older brother's deaths. Violent scenes include a flogging, a beheading, fights with quarterstaffs, and sabotage during the descent from a cliff. Both main characters have romantic interests, but they have little time for anything other than a few passionate embraces. Carys is addicted to a heroin-like substance.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGreatparentreader September 9, 2020


I think this book is good if you're looking for a book to read its a two book sires so not that long. I think this book is good for 12 and up. It's a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bykatelyn167 December 3, 2018
Teen, 16 years old Written byTheBookNerd413 March 23, 2018

Loved It!

I don’t say this about many books, but this is my favorite. There are twists and turns throughout the entire book, and a captivating storyline. I would definite... Continue reading

What's the story?

As DIVIDING EDEN opens, twins Carys and Andreus learn that their father, the king, and their brother, the heir apparent, have both been killed in a highly suspicious ambush. The news is so distressing that their mother collapses after refusing to rule the kingdom, leaving the twins in line for the throne. Each, however, has been keeping secrets from the other, and when they are forced to compete in a set of potentially deadly challenges, the consequences are dire.

Is it any good?

Long-hidden secrets prove corrosive and deadly in this twisty tale of sibling loyalty turned sour. In Dividing Eden, author Joelle Charbonneau devises another set of challenging games, but by forcing Carys and Andreus to compete against each other, she ups the ante and adds much-needed novelty to the proceedings. Carys and Andreus are well-defined characters, and readers can expect to encounter some unforeseen plot developments as the twins test each other mentally and physically. Sometimes the narrative feels padded with unnecessary interior monologue, as if the author is trying to make a two-volume story stretch over three. The ending of Dividing Eden is particularly abrupt and unsatisfying, although the cliffhanger will generate reader interest in the next installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dividing Eden and its presentation of court politics. Why do readers enjoy stories about politics, modern-day or historical?

  • What are the disadvantages of a form of government based on inherited bloodlines?

  • How is violence used in Dividing Eden? Does it produce the desired results, or does it have unexpected consequences?

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