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Eden Forest
By Aoife Marie Sheridan
2014
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.