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.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Mother of Eden is the second book in the Dark Eden series by Chris Beckett. I have not read the first novel, Dark Eden, but felt that there was enough back story provided to understand the present situation.
Eden is a dark planet comprised of multiple civilizations whose ancestors traveled from Earth. Each of these civilizations has developed its own culture and ethics based upon the ideas of its original founder. War is brewing as citizens of Eden differ on notions of power, religion, philosophies, and natural resources.
Readers follow Starlight Brooking, a female from a small island community, as her curiosity has her traveling across the sea to communities she didn’t know existed. Starlight quickly learns about politics and realizes that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Every chapter in Mother of Eden is told from different characters’ points of view. I always love it when an author writes this way because it offers a perspective we aren’t privy to in real life. Beckett has created dynamic characters that illustrate the true weaknesses and strengths of men.
I found it difficult to push through this novel at times; it was not a book I could binge read. The pace of action was slow-going and I had a hard time visualizing certain aspects of the story. That being said, the social dilemmas and undertones of criticism towards societal notions are captured beautifully.
I will probably go back and read Dark Eden and look forward to reading other installments of this series in the future.