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Eden Conquered: Dividing Eden, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Rival twins square off in surprising fantasy finale.

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Educational Value

Explores the abuse of royal power and how the rules of inheritance can cause great disruption. Raises questions of familial loyalty and how brothers and sisters can work together.

Positive Messages

Forgiveness can lead to healing. The best rulers are chosen for their skills, not their bloodlines.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Prince Andreus and Princess Carys evolve markedly from who they are at the start of this series. They each see how mistaken they were about themselves and others.

Violence

Action is less violent than in the first volume. Carys uses her wind powers and kills some opposing troops. At the climax of the book, soldiers and monsters battle each other. 

Sex

Andreus remembers the power a former lover once had over him. Carys finds herself attracted to one of her compatriots in exile.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Carys is in withdrawal from the Tears of Midnight, a drug similar to heroin.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eden Conquered is the sequel to Dividing Eden, by Joelle Charbonneau (Need). Estranged twins scheme against each other for the throne, but there's not a lot of violence until a climactic battle in which monsters and human soldiers fight each other. There's no swearing and little sexual content (feelings of attraction and memories of a former lover). One character struggles with an addiction to a heroin-like drug.

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What's the story?

EDEN CONQUERED begins with Prince Andreus ready to ascend the throne, unaware that his twin sister, Carys, is not dead but alive and in exile. Meanwhile, someone is sabotaging the city's power supply, when its lights are the only thing preventing an invasion by ferocious monsters and rival soldiers. While Andreus attempts to find the culprit amid the power players who surround him, Carys must decide whether to return and aid her brother, even though he tried to have her killed.

Is it any good?

The main characters of this fantasy novel undergo huge reversals at the start, setting the stage for even more surprises to come. In Eden Conquered, author Joelle Charbonneau makes good on the promises she made in the first book, continuing Andreus' and Carys' stories with strong action and perceptive character development. The book benefits from a strong sense of resolution, with major and minor characters on varied but credible paths.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Eden Conquered addresses the issue of sibling rivalry. What happens when brothers and sisters have different ideas about how to live together as a family?

  • How is violence used in Eden Conquered? Is it an effective means of producing positive results?

  • How can people forgive someone who has betrayed them? What must people do to prove themselves trustworthy?

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