A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
Forgiveness can lead to healing. The best rulers are chosen for their skills, not their bloodlines.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Andreus remembers the power a former lover once had over him. Carys finds herself attracted to one of her compatriots in exile.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Carys is in withdrawal from the Tears of Midnight, a drug similar to heroin.
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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.
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.
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