“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power.”
Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden.
Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them.
Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all.
When young Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s fabled ring on her own finger—or that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden’s history.
My Thoughts on the Book
I wish I could say that I enjoyed Mother of Eden but I just can’t. Now, this was actually the second book in the Dark Eden Series and I hadn’t read the first book so maybe that made it harder for me to get into it. Honestly though, I still don’t think I would have liked it. If the first book was like this one I actually wouldn’t have gone on to read the second.
I was super confused for most of the book, possibly because of not reading the first book. Although, I read other reviews that said that it could be read as a stand-alone. There were too many narrators, which added to the confusion. I would be reading and have to go back to look at the beginning of the chapter to remember who’s perspective I was reading from! I hated how the men and women were portrayed. The men were so domineering and the women were there to serve the men.
Mother of Eden is not a book that I would recommend to my reading buddies. There were several times that I just wanted to put this book aside and DNF it. I powered through and finished it but, wow, it was not fun!
*Note: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.