I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eden by Janelle Stalder
Series: Eden #1
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Trapped within the cruel world of hormones and bullies, fifteen-year-old Aiden is convinced life has more to offer him. His instincts are proven correct on the night he is awakened by a voice calling to him from outside his window. As he sleepily peers into his yard, his eyes slowly focus on a woman who says she is there to take him to Eden. Aiden is about to fulfill the life purpose he never knew he had.
It is in Eden, a land on the brink of war, where Aiden will finally learn to trust himself and those around him. Accompanied by Wolf, his sidekick Logan, and the beautiful archer, Elisa, Aiden is soon thrust into a battle to save Eden. Meanwhile Elisa, the only girl in the King's Army, is in the midst of her own struggles. Betrothed to a man she has no intention of marrying, Elisa is caught between the need to prove herself and her desire for true happiness. And now that she has met Aiden, she is more confused than ever.
In this action-packed fantasy tale, romance, adventure, and intrigue surround Aiden as he learns just what he is capable of when he discovers confidence and courage
Fifteen-year old Aiden is transported from Earth to another world where he must help the ruling king fight off a challenge to his throne. I’ve read quite a few novels like this (boy gets taken to another world to be their savior) and I felt this one really did it right. The characters were well developed with complicated emotions and motivations. And most of them were quite relatable and likeable. Even the evil characters had some good qualities. The plot had quite a few twists and some situations which I haven’t encountered in a book lately…I am very curious to see how these play out in the next book. The magic was helpful in moving the plot and consisted of just a few specific things/spells that could be done.
Now some minor things that I didn’t like… First off, there was some profanity in here which I think added nothing to the novel I’m sure you could say young people or army people cuss all the time…but I really don’t need to be bombarded with that in a fantasy that is supposed to take me away from here. Secondly, in the other world, they used a lot of slang which really took me out of the story. Would someone in an alternate fantasy world really be using words like ‘crap’ and ‘a**’? And lastly, it had a really slow start. We spent way too much time in Aiden’s high school and home rather than getting to the real story.
Now overall this was a book I couldn’t put down and really drew me in. I really did enjoy reading this and I can’t wait to read the next book.