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.
Synopsis from Indigo
I really enjoyed Dividing Eden, so I was excited to be able to jumps directly into Eden Conquered and find out what was happening with Carys and Andreas. I’m making a conscious effort not to give spoilers, so I’ll try to explain why I liked this book without giving away any of the juicy details!
Good Character Development
I fell in love with Carys in Dividing Eden, so I was happy hat we continued to see her strength and growth in this book. Although going through an agonizing withdrawal, Carys is a constant source of strength as she and her companions search for a way to win back control of Eden. I was also really happy to see Andreas become less selfish and more aware of how he was manipulated in the previous book. And we were given more info on Errik! I was so happy to get more details on him and find out his secret (no spoilers!). I definitely thought that this gave this book more depth as we got to know more about the central and secondary characters.
Yay, No Love Triangle!
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that I was SO happy that Charbonneau didn’t fall into the cliche of giving us a love triangle (if that was a spoiler, then I hope you’re happy about finding out and not annoyed!). There are a lot of different relationships in this book, but Carys only has eyes on Errik in the romance department. I thought this was a good decision on Charbonneau’s part to stay away on a triangle because there just wouldn’t have been time and it’s definitely would’ve taken away from the rest of the story. Instead, we are given the chance to watch different (mostly non-romantic) relationships grow between different characters.
I’m a happy-ending person and normally don’t like an open ending, but I really liked how this story came together. There were so many different ways that it could have ended and I thought that Charbonneau did a great job of it. I’d love a follow up at some point to peak in on how things are going for the characters, but overall I liked how this series finished.
This didn’t live up to the first book, but I still thought Eden Conquered was a good read. Questions from the first book were answered and we are left with a feeling of content for Eden’s future. Have you read this book? What did you think?
FINAL RATING: 4/5
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