The Vara Volumes Book 1
The Vara of Yima, the original Garden of Eden, sealed from the rest of the world and populated with the fittest of men and women. A secret paradise that 150 years ago became ravaged by smog that choked out the skies.
Now the Vara exists in a permanent state of darkness and its people need a champion, a chosen one to save them from the smog that threatens to fill the realm and poison its inhabitants.
That’s what they needed. They got Sammy Ellis instead. She isn’t important enough for her dad to stick around for, never mind saving a realm or junk like that. Her only responsibility was to help the chosen one open the gateway into the Vara, but not only has she entered the realm in their place, she’s also locked them out in the process.
Stuck in a twilight land of giant mushrooms, pursued by dark forces and still in her pajamas, being unimportant back in the real world is starting to seem way more attractive.
‘Eden At The Edge of Midnight’ by John Kerry, is a well-written story full of adventure, action, and deceit. This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. There are many twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, something changes. There is no second guessing when reading this book.
The characters are strong and well thought out. The main character, Sammy Ellis, continually tries to prove herself. She carries a lot of baggage within her, making her an unlikely heroine. Sammy wakes up in an alternate world that is dark and full of fantasy characters; some evil and some good.
John Kerry does a wonderful job in building the alternate world, Perseopia. He wonderfully describes it as a lush forest full of giant mushrooms, a roiling purple sky, ghost towns, and tall mountains with hidden cities and luxurious palaces.
‘Eden At The Edge of Midnight’ is a great fantasy read which includes danger, intrigue, magic, mystery, mythology, and a prophecy. I loved this book and look forward to ‘Book 2’. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers.
I received a PDF copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.