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Dividing Eden
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas. Twins Carys and Andreus were never...
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas. Twins Carys and Andreus were never...
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  • From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

    Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

    But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden's king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

    As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom's wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

    With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

About the Author-

  • Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Testing trilogy as well as two adult mystery series. Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, the YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, and state reading lists across the country. Her newest standalone YA thriller, Need, has been optioned for a feature film and is currently in development.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 1, 2017
    Following the death of the king and his heir, 17-year-old twins Carys and Andreus must compete in a series of trials to determine which of them will ascend to the throne of Eden. Carys has spent her life protecting Andreus, ensuring that no one learns of his weak heart and debilitating episodes. Andreus has never lived up to his father’s expectations, preferring to work among the tradespeople who keep their city safe from monstrous foes. Carys and Andreus hatch a desperate plan that will allow Andreus to safely assume the throne, but meddlesome political players and schemes cause a dangerous rift between the siblings. Charbonneau’s (Need) third-person narrative alternates between Carys and Andreus, giving insight into both sides of the ensuing struggle, but some readers may find it difficult to connect with Andreus, who is predictable and easily swayed by the promise of power. Carys, though, is a vibrant and driven character whose flaws make her fascinating; readers will be captivated by her story and strength, and look forward to what lies next for these siblings. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stacia Decker, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2017
    After assassins kill the king and his heir, the remaining royal twins compete to earn the throne.White twins Carys and Andreus live in the Palace of Winds, safe from the war. But Andreus has a secret: he's cursed. And if the Council of Elders finds out, he and his sister face grave danger. All his life, Carys has kept him safe, shielding him whenever he's had an attack. Subsequently, Andreus is free to indulge himself, whether it be in women or the study of windmills. Carys, however, frequently faces punishment in order to hide her brother's affliction, and she will do anything to protect him. This tenuous arrangement holds until assassins kill both the king and their elder brother. Grief sends the queen over the edge, and the twins are forced to take her place: they must compete in the Trials of Virtuous Succession until only one lives. It isn't long before the twins once bound by blood are out to shed it. Carys emerges as a strong, dynamic lead, but her brother quickly shifts into caricature to suit the plot. There's no mention of magic in this fantasy until it ushers in the ending, adding much-needed hope to an otherwise endlessly bleak tragedy. Predictable and offering too little adventure, save for the twist that will propel the sequel. (Fantasy. 13-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2017

    Gr 7 Up-As the youngest members of the royal family of Eden, 17-year-old twins Carys and Andreus do not expect that either of them will ever become their kingdom's monarch. However, when tragic events leave Eden without a ruler, the two unprepared siblings are forced to participate in a series of trials to determine who will be the successor to the throne. Carys is sure that nothing could ever break the special bond she has with her brother, but it doesn't take long for secrets, jealousy, and betrayal to come between them. Charbonneau establishes the strong connection between Carys and Andreus early on, leading readers to feel invested in their relationship. While romance plays a role in the plot, familial relations remain the chief focus here. The narrative is split to include each twin's point of view, and individual personalities and motivations are fairly well developed throughout. Toward the end of the story, one sibling's disappointing actions feel out of character, and the conflict is rushed, despite Charbonneau's best efforts to lay groundwork. Weak world-building and limited secondary character development are likely to leave readers with lots of questions, which will hopefully be answered in the next installment. VERDICT Despite some flaws, the trendy plot-filled with royal intrigue, romance, and a dangerous competition-is sure to make this new fantasy series a popular choice in middle and high school libraries. Hand this one to fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kiera Cass, and Evelyn Skye.-Liz Overberg, Zionsville Community High School, IN

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal "The trendy plot—filled with royal intrigue, romance, and a dangerous competition—is sure to make this new fantasy series a popular choice... Hand this one to fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kiera Cass, and Evelyn Skye."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "The siblings are complex characters, weighted down by their respective heartaches and issues, and their skeptical views on the world feel realistic... there's a lot to like about this messed up, lush, and dark world."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) PRAISE FOR JOELLE CHARBONNEAU: "The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers' imaginations. . . . Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "Charbonneau has created an elegantly organized plot. . . The tension and conflict will have readers at the edge of their seats as the imagery and complexities of the characters and plot design are exposed."
  • School Library Journal "Charbonneau delivers a tightly paced thriller packed with enough tension to keep teens hooked until the dramatic finale."

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