Eden-West

September 7, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Eden-WestEden-West by Janelle Stalder
Series: Eden #2
on 7/12/2012
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

New beginnings, new conflicts, and new adventures arise in the second installment of the Eden Series, Eden-West.

Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world.

Just as he makes this decision, he encounters a familiar bright light and thinks he knows exactly what it means. Except the light isn’t at all what he expects and neither is the person behind it. When Aiden returns to Eden, it is to a whole new part of that special world, and a whole new set of adventures.

Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out - but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.

Follow all your favourite characters as they ready themselves for battle and fight for a world threatened to be destroyed.

Eden West is the followup to Eden. In the book, Aiden returns to Eden to aid the riders against the threat from the North. Meanwhile, Elisa journeys south to retrieve Wolf, and Brutus and Callum plan a new attack against the king. Mysteriously, Aiden wasn’t summoned into Eden by the King and he must learn the truth of what has happened since he left.

The story got off to a slow start as we followed Aiden during his first few days back to school. It served to explain some of the changes that Aiden went through over the summer but ultimately he was thrust back into Eden and the story picks up the familiar pace. It switches between three story lines (Aiden with the riders, Rose with Callum and Brutus, and Elisa with Wolf and Logan) so the action never gets too slow and the story keeps your interest.

There are quite a number of new characters introduced (at least eight) and several I found quite interesting but I won’t go into any detail to avoid spoilers. The world building continues as we learn of the south and Nysa.

I enjoyed reading the book a lot and don’t have too much bad to say. The beginning was a bit slow, and there was one female character who I thought it would be interesting for Aiden to start a romance with, but ultimately she ended up being a dead end. Overall a wonderful continuation of the series and I am looking forward to my read of Eden South.

four-half-stars

About Janelle Stalder

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

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