Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
I am absolutely in love with this book. Sheridan went out of her way to create not just an interesting story but a whole new world to parallel earth and create much more drama and action than if the story was set in Ireland the entire time. As you can probably tell, I love the parallel worlds in the story. By creating Saskia, Sheridan brought a new dimension to the table and made the characters all that more interesting.
Eden Forest has characters in it, like Sarajane, which you just can’t help but love and feel empathetic for. She was forced to leave her home and deal with some very heavy emotional and mental problems without the safety of a place or people she felt comfortable with. Sarajane is a loving, protecting character and even more important, she is strong willed and sassy, pretty much a person everyone wants to be.
Without giving too much away about the journey that Sarajane must go on, it is captivating to say the least. It makes her go through all the hardships she feared and encounter things she never knew existed. Seeing her grow during the process was a great use of character development.
Combined with the wonderful character development was just the beautifully written language. Sheridan went out of the way to create not only a great story but wove it with gold. I was captured from the first word and was unable to put the book down until I finished the second in the series. I strongly recommend this book for those interested in fantasy and paranormal books and even those who have a special place in their heart for Ireland like I do.
Reviewed by Rachel Keane
Publisher: The Universal Publishing Group (September 28, 2012)