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 world parallel to earth.
When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps 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 this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?
Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.
Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.
Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.
It takes a lot of time and effort to build a new world in a book, it can sometimes be thrown in too heavy handed or explained to the point of boredom – but Eden Forest manages to have the right mix of information and world setting without making the reader feel like they’re wading through the thick syrup of the author’s crazed day dreams.
The story is told from 3 view points and I really would have preferred just the one, it would have also made sense too, as the focal character of Sarajane would have made a great narrator and guide. This is just my opinion though, if you read this blog you’ll know that I tend to prefer first person narrative over third in both my own writing and the books I read.
From a writer’s perspective, I’ve always liked the idea of parallel worlds, but find them too needful and in-depth to write about myself. Keeping your world and the important info thereof, straight in your mind as you write is a skill all in its self and demands a lot of organisational patience and probably a tree’s worth of flash cards pinned to a board above the laptop.
The front cover is very interesting, it grabs the eye and it seems the more you look at it the more you see – kind of like the book itself. So I must admit that this would rank pretty high on my appeal scale.
Overall I’d give Eden Forest 4 out of 5 stars – a great excuse to leave this dreary reality behind, and have an adventure!