Eden Conquered – By Joelle Charbonneau

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Goodreads Synopsis: The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.

The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything.

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After reading and loving the first book I was so nervous to read this second one, we all know how sequels can disappoint.  And although I wouldn’t say it was a massive disappointment, it still wasn’t as quite good I was hoping.

Here’s what I did like.  Carys was still a fantastic character. She’s badass, she’s flawed and she’s trying her best to keep the kingdom together even after her brother tried to kill her. She doesn’t ever let the betrayal stop her from trying to do what’s right.  I also really liked her best friend Larkin, I liked how they worked together and wished that the romance could have been between these two fantastic ladies. I also really liked the plot twists, the writing in Eden Conquered is great and I was always on the edge of my seat not knowing what would happen next.

Here’s what I didn’t like. I was not a fan of the romance, honestly I thought it took away from the story and wasn’t necessary.  I also wasn’t a fan of Andreus’ POV.  We didn’t need to see this character redeemed, he was a selfish would-be-murderer and I think the story should only have been told by Carys’ POV.   And at the end of the story I felt like it had all been a little too easy. We didn’t see Carys struggle as much as she did in the first book, which was what I loved so much about the series. I just wasn’t a big fan of the ending at all, it felt like a let down.

In the end I gave Eden Conquered 3 stars. It’s an okay ending to the duology, it’s a cool world but the first book was definitely better.

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