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"Move this one to the top of your TBR pile"

Okay, we all have them. Books shoved so far down in our To Be Read piles that we've all but forgotten them. I've had this one for years, but kept passing it by. The copyright date is 2005 and collecting dust. I thoroughly enjoyed Glenna McReynold's Medieval series, actually loved--they all went onto my keeper shelf, so why did I pass this one up for so long? Well, her fabulous series dealt with magic, elves, time-travel, dragons, displaced princes, even aliens, everything desirable in a great paranormal and this sci fi/fantasy gal just wasn't in the mood for basic ordinary contemporary, even from a remarkable writer. Which was the worse kind of logic on my part because River of Eden is anything but basic or ordinary.

It is a contemporary though, that is if your contemporaries are gun-toting, crystal wearing, shaman apprenticed renegade Harvard-trained botanists racing up the river of the Amazon on a boat protected by a spirit anaconda, in search of a rare magical orchid while fleeing one crazy gun trafficker who wants your head shrunken to wear on his belt and another power-hungry, frog poisoned vision seeker who wants you to be the star sacrifice in his noite do diabo.

I am smacking my head that I waited so long to pull this one out of the stack. I felt totally immersed, wet in the rain forest with caimans splashing against the hull of my boat, afraid to get in the water, frightened when Will actually did so...and Will and Annie—They are the kind of couple to root for and fear for and totally become absorbed in their story. Both have been tortured (literally) and transformed into hard-hitting, rely-on-no-one-else survivors who are determined to get up the river regardless of the forces piling against them and the very real risks of getting there. When they stop butting heads and start trusting in each other, the vulnerability and fragile acceptance is beautiful as in seen in this except: "The strength of his whole arm was in his light grasp, and she felt that as a promise, too. His strength was hers. It was something she'd never had on her side, a man's strength, something she'd never truly understood. She understood it now, her gaze drifting over Will's broad shoulders. She understood it even better when she followed the trail of his tattoo."

It's that kind of soul-deep writing that first drew me to Glenna McReynolds. Her ability to bring the reader up close and intimate with her characters, strengths, flaws, everything exposed and raw, hero and villain alike, amazes me. Guess I better dig back into my TBR and see what other treasures I have buried in there.

Reviewed by Clover Autrey
Posted October 27, 2008

SUMMARY

**A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read**

Bad-boy scientist Will Travers may have an Ivy League mind but he?s got the spirit of the jungle in his heart and the kiss of the Amazon on his body.

River of Eden

With his sun-bronzed skin, a week?s worth of beard, and a shaman?s crystal around his neck, Will Sanchez Travers looked more like a man mothers warned their daughters about than a Harvard-trained ethnobotanist. And even if only half the rumors about him were true, Dr. Annie Parrish figured she was in trouble. Still, she needed the rogue scientist to ferry her upriver in search of a prize so extraordinary, it would make her reputation?if it didn?t get her killed first.

When he?d reluctantly agreed to take the legendary Amazon Annie deep into the Brazilian rain forest, Will expected a woman warrior, not a blond ragamuffin renegade whose secrets ran darker than he could have imagined. But once the journey begins, there will be no turning back as they enter territory?of the wilderness and the heart?as dangerous as it is beautiful, desperate to stop a twisted destroyer of worlds before his nightmarish fantasy becomes horribly real. Amid sorcery, violence, and mystical visions, which will be the victor?the yearning for vengeance, or a power as potent and seductive as the heart of a singular, magical orchid?

 

River Of Eden
by Glenna McReynolds

Bantam
January 1, 2002
Available: January 29, 2002
ISBN #055358393X
EAN #9780553583939
352 pages
Paperback
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