By Aoife Marie Sheridan
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
After a slightly confusing beginning, Eden Forest
develops into an engrossing story where the author takes readers into Saskia, a
place parallel to earth with ways and language of its own.
To this reviewer, the biggest confusion was the
double meaning of the word, “my.” Other
words of Saskia are more easily discernible and add to creating this world.
For example, in the prologue are the following examples:
“I am going over to Bethany’s to see what is taking
my so long. It isn’t like my to be late.”
“Curls bounce around my shoulders. I gatmy two small
pieces from the front and tie them loosely...”
“I think I look beautiful with my bump. I go back
into the kitchen and take a white rose out of Corrona’s vase of flowers, placing
it at the side of my hair.”
What is clear, however, is that Marta is single and
pregnant, in love with King Morrick, the father of her child, a hopeless
situation for her, and that it is in the past on Saskia.
“But Morrick startles me with his response. ‘You
have my word. I will find a way for us to be togetmy.’”
Additionally confusing is when chapter one brings
readers to meet Sarajane in present day Ireland. She refers to her missing
mother as motmy, and both she and her friend Josh refer to her as “my.”
“Josh turns to me. ‘Sarajane, please. Searching for
my in the same place for the last six months is not healthy.’”
Why are they using these terms that originally
seemed to belong on Saskia?
The first three chapters alternate the story between
Saskia and Ireland, but it is in chapter four when the story develops its
strength and more clarity. It now
captures readers, progressively even more so with each subsequent chapter until
the conclusion in chapter 18, increasing suspense and total reader involvement
in their lives, building anticipation for part two of the Saskia trilogy.