Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Globug's Review of EYES OF THE WOODS by Eden Fierce

Please join us in celebrating the release of 
 Eyes of the Woods by Eden Fierce!

Title: Eyes of the Woods
Author: Eden Fierce
Age Group: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen

Eris Helgren knew her life was about to end. A daughter of the Priory--a generations-old family who protected their territories from nightwalkers--Eris was strong and independent. But on her birthday, her father would announce her betrothal. A year later, she would be forced to marry.

What Eris didn’t know was that the very beings she hunted were watching her, and that being tamed wasn’t what would kill her after all. 

In a land where the woods were forbidden and the laws meant life, Eris will have to make a decision that could bring peace between enemies, or war among friends.

Globug's Review

Eris Helgren was born into a life she would not have chosen. People from the outside and even her family see being in the Priory a honor. The Helgren family is strong and for generations have been responsible for protecting the people from nightwalkers. Eris's ancestors even made discoveries in ways to better destroy the monsters and use their remains to create a serum that could sustain a humans youthfulness. Eris has become a skilled hunter and though she loves her time in the woods, she will never love the hunt. The biggest disappointment in life is just days away when she will be betrothed to a man of her father's choosing.

It almost seems as her mind is playing tricks on Eris as she begins to feel someone is watching her and then spots the red eyes of a nightwalker peering at her from the wall the surrounds her home. It turns out that her betrothal wasn't to be the biggest change on her birthday. She was right about someone watching her. She never expected that the red eyes she saw would belong to a nightwalker that would save her life. And so begins my swooning for Daniel.

Eris finds herself being chased by two nightwalkers that nearly take her life. Daniel decides to claim her which means he changes her into a nightwalker as well. He's so sweet and gentle with her as the change mends her wounds. When Eris was a child she once told her family she wanted to be a night walker. It's no wonder she takes so quickly to the changes that come with being claimed. It's like she was meant to be one of them all along except for now she's lost her family. Surely they would never accept her change.

Daniel and Eris spend most of their time together in the next few weeks. It's clear that Daniel has been developing feelings for Eris for quite some time. Eris learns that so much of what the humans believe about the nightwalkers is false. She adjusts into life among the nightwalkers but her need to be with her family only continues to grow. Daniel is convinced that together he and Eris can help form a truce between the humans and the nightwalkers by convincing her father of the truth of the immortals. But again not all is as it seems. Other forces are at work to keep the two species apart. Though Eris's choice could be the difference between peace and war I was happy the choice was never about having to choose anything over Daniel. That is probably my favorite thing about the story is how their relationship grows and is never brought into question. I loved their tender moments and while I can't lie and say I didn't want more intimate moments between them, it wasn't necessary to make me love the story. By the last forty percent of the story I couldn't put it down. I was surprised by some of the character losses and can't say for sure what happened to the guy that Eris' father had chosen for her. But I was fully claimed by the action and had to see where this story would go. 

With Twilight being the reason I began reading books for enjoyment in the first place I was concerned about being able to get into another vampire story. It can be hard to not want to compare all other vampires to ones created in Twilight. I'm happy to say Eyes Of The Woods stood apart and I fell in love with Daniel and Eris. I also loved other supporting characters like her brothers that I hope will have stories in the future. My biggest praise goes to the author for writing such an incredible debut novel at only fourteen. I'm so proud for her and will look forward to her next book.

The Priory was all that was familiar to me. No matter how much blood we shed, how many lives we watched slip away, or how many mornings I spent wondering if I would go to Hell for what I’d done, it was my calling.

The sunset before me was beautiful, unlike any other. Without knowing why, I took a moment to appreciate the orange and pinks swirling in the sky as the burned circle sizzled against the horizon. Our lands were the most beautiful of the six territories the Priory guarded, and also the most dangerous. My father led the people of Ona, the oldest of them all.

Glass clinked together downstairs, and the noise snapped me back to reality. It was likely Father, already awake and organizing supplies. Father was respected, admired, and feared, and as many nights as I had spent watching him slay monsters, I didn’t question the devotion that Onans felt for him. After all, I felt the same.

My father was the strongest man I knew, and often I wondered if he would live forever. Nearly seventeen, and standing five foot eight, I was strong and tall for a girl. Father still towered over me, his burly arms thicker than my waist.

The sun slipped behind the snowcapped mountains in the distance, and my fingers began to twitch. Sunset meant time for hunting—a duty I tried to love but secretly despised, almost as much as the extravagant red gown worn by the metal dress form in the middle of my bedroom. The layers of scarlet fabric had been taunting me for weeks, creating a fury inside me that multiplied every time I laid eyes upon it.

Seventeen meant many things. More freedom, more respect, but it also meant the announcement of a young Onan woman’s betrothal, and there was a loathing inside me that I had never sensed before. As was customary, Father hadn’t yet told me whom he’d chosen. His faith to the tradition was just as well; knowing would make me dread it all the more.

I had as much enthusiasm for being promised to a man as I did for killing.. It all felt like chains, weighing me down and holding me back from being whom I was meant to be—whoever that was.

I crept from my bed and padded down the hall in my bare feet to wake my brothers. They more than accepted our station, relishing the advantages that being Priory brought, and who could blame them?

Everyone who lived in the clearings along the edges of the vast forests that made up our lands daydreamed about what it would be like to be a Prior. Old women wished for their daughters to marry into our family, and young men sang songs about dreams of being born into the Priory. They all sought to be one of us. Everyone but me.

About the Author:

Eden Fierce was born on August 25, 1999 and lives in Enid, Oklahoma with her parents and two siblings. Eyes of the Woods is her debut novel, although it's only one of nine novels she has completed. Eden enjoys writing, reading, and high school cheer and volleyball.
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