Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon Duology Series #2)

Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon Duology Series #2)

by Alison Goodman

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller and stunning companion to Eon!

Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country's savior - but she has an even more dangerous secret. She cannot control her power. Each time she tries, it twists into a killing force. And more destruction is on her trail - High Lord Sethon's army. She and her companions must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona's power if he is to wrest back his throne. But to help him, she must drive a dark bargain with an old enemy, which could obliterate them all. Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama, unforgettable fight scenes, sizzling tension - and many surprises - brings to a close an epic story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142420935
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/29/2012
Series: Eon Duology Series , #2
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 97,438
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 5.48(h) x 1.38(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alison Goodman, in addition to the Eon/Eona duology, is also the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues,  the adult science fiction thriller Killing the Rabbit, and most recently, The Dark Days Club, the first book in a new YA series.  She lives with her husband and their hyperactive Jack Russell terrier in Australia.

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Eona: The Last Dragoneye 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JulieWallace More than 1 year ago
It was grabbing from the very beginning and didn't let you rest until it was over. And even after it was over I couldn't stop thinking about the book. I really wish it would go on and on. To me it was comparable to some of the best epic fantasy stories like, Sword of truth series and the Lord of Rings series. This review will have spoilers if you haven’t read book one. The story starts right off after Eona’s real gender has been revealed and the kingdom has been conquered by the King’s evil brother Sethon. Kygo should have taken the King’s place after his death but instead Sethon has taken the Kingdom by force. Eona has seen many people slaughtered and almost all the other Dragoneye’s and appreciates have been killed by Lord Ion. After they escape Ryko has been wounded and is on his dying bed. Dela begs Eona to save him and she finds that her healing powers make him a slave to everything she wills him to do. Ryko despises her for making him a slave. Their group finds the Emperor Kygo and they start making plans to help him win back the throne. A romance develops between Eona and Kygo but Eona doesn't know if she can trust him. Does he really want her or just her power over her dragon to win a war? Eona tells the Emperor that they will have to breakout Lord Ion from Sethon’s prison so he can teach Eona how to control her dragon. When they find Lord Ion he is almost dead from torture. Eona heals him and he becomes her slave. They are the last two Dragoneye’s left and a special bond develops between them. Even though Lord Ion killed all the other Dragoneye’s and was their enemy, Eona senses a change in him. She keeps many secrets from everyone especially Emperor Kygo. Her friends Dela and Ryko are starting to think that she is becoming more like Lord Ion and desires power. In the end Eona is torn between two very different men. Everybody wants her power to rule and Eona has to decide who she can trust.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book with drama, treachery, romance, war, spirit and heroism, then, Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman is perfect for you. It is a continuation of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. As per the publisher, in the first book, twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye ¿ an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.In Eona, the secret is out. At the end of the first book, Dragoneye Lord Ido, in an attempt to seize power, has killed all other Dragoneyes except Eona who has escaped. He has massacred the royal family, leaving only the true ruler, Kygo and his half brother, Sethon, who has taken over the throne. Sethon has also captured and jailed Lord Ido, torturing him for information about the Dragons and their power.In Eona, she reunites with Kygo but realizes that she needs Lord Ido to teach her how to use her Dragoneye power, needed to defeat Sethon and restore the throne to the rightful ruler. The small force of resistance fighters must free the power-hungry but humbled Lord Ido, who cannot be trusted, from the midst of the palace. They must then gather their forces to meet Sethon in battle. However, the powers of the Dragon and the Dragoneye are complex and there is a 500 year old story that is trying to get out through Eona¿s ancestor, Kinra, about how Dragoneye power came to be.Alison Goodman is a wonderful author. She has crafted a riveting tale of honor and war, power and love, honesty and treachery. The Dragons are based on Chinese astrology. The story is tense and spine tingling.. The writing is great. The characters are unique. You will stay up nights in order to finish the book. I know I did. Every extra minute was consumed reading Eona: The Last Dragoneye, just like every waking moment of Eona¿s was consumed trying to understand her powers. Don¿t miss Eon and Eona.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recieved this as an ARC from Librarything and I have to say after reading EON I was excited to read this next installment but I wasn't as please with it as I was EON. There was much to be left wanted. I'm not saying I didn't like it I'm just saying that I like the first book better. I did like the little romance twist she added it gave the book a very Mulan feel.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If there is anything I have learned about Alison Goodman, it is that she is an epic-teller and knows how to end with a surprising bang. Stunning, action-packed, love-riddled, and epic, Eona continues the story of the woman who masqueraded as a boy and must now use her femininity to save the Dragons and the Pearl Emperor from impending death.Watching Eona become Eona was rather interesting, especially since it was more for survival and hiding from the enemy who searched for Lord Eon. She has power as woman and Dragoneye - and it attracts all sorts of men who want to control her and believe they can do so easily since she is female. Nothing is more irksome than a male who thinks being female is a disadvantage! Of course, Eona has her own problems to reconcile: the inability to control her Dragoneye powers; the growing attraction to the wrong man; and the troubling suspicious that her ancestors may have been traitors.Lord Ido and Emperor Kygo both became important to Eona, but I don't think they truly deserved her. Both blinded by their need for power, their desire to rule the empire - and neither seemed to know how to value Eona for herself until it comes too late in my opinion. They both disappointed me. Compared to George Cooper and his acceptance of Alanna for who she was, I just wished Eona could have had her own Rogue to appreciate her fully and without expectations.I had to re-read Eon again in order to refresh my memory - and I think that Eon and Eona is truly a packaged deal. Both are roughly the same size, and both require all efforts of concentration to soak in the whole story and revel in it. Eona definitely kicks up the notch in epic, but I felt a little overwhelmed with everything that Eona had to face during such a tumultuous period that seriously defined life-changing. I can't imagine taking away any part of the story - everything and everyone intertwined and created such a breath-taking tapestry that removing anything would unravel Eona.
StarShadowBlog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book from Early Readers Program, I did not get a chance to read the first book so I feel a bit lost in this one. I am going to go back and read it again after I get a hold of the first book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an ARC of this book through Librarything's Early Reviewers program. I enjoyed Eon and was excited to read the conclusion to the story that started in that book. I actually "read" Eon on audio book and wasn't all that impressed with the reader; so I was hoping I would enjoy reading Goodman's writing even more than the audio book. Luckily I did; this book was absolutely excellent. You definitely should read Eon before reading this book.This books starts with Eona fleeing the capital and on her way to join the Resistance. She is hoping to find the Emperor and help bring him back to power. Of course Eona is having to deal with learning how to be a woman in this book (after spending so much time dressed as a boy in the last book). She is also having trouble merging with her Mirror Dragon; every time she does she is attacked by the other dragons who have lost their Dragonseyes. The only one who can train her in the use of her dragon is Ido, and he is being held captive by Lord Sethon back at the capital. Eona may have to rescue Ido and combine forces with her enemy if she is ever going to help return the true Emperor to power.This book was very well done. Goodman has a way with description that really makes the world come alive. The characters she's created here have a lot of depth and are easy to engage with. Eona struggles with a number of issues and goes through a lot of hardship; she also matures a lot in this book and that was wonderful to see. The plot moves quickly and takes a lot of twists and turns, it really kept me on my toes and engaging. It was a very hard book to put down.Of course Eona and Kygo (the Emperor) end up having a bit of a thing for each other; you could predict this based on events that happened in Eon. It was nice to have this thread of romance woven through all the politics and killing that go on in this book. The only thing I wished throughout this book was that there was a little bit of humor woven in it. All the characters take themselves deadly serious and they never really learn to laugh at their mistakes or have any fun at all.The story ends up being somewhat epic in proportions. There are battles both in the physical and spirit world; these battles never get too graphic. In general this book is well-suited to the young adult or older age group. The wrap up is well done and I enjoyed it. Although I would have enjoyed seeing what our characters did after the conclusion of the end battle; you don't really get to see that here.Overall an excellent conclusion to this series. Wonderful description, wonderful characters, and twisty turny plot that really keeps the reader engaged and makes the book hard to put down. Definitely something you should read if you read and enjoyed Eon. If you are a fan of historical fantasy, especially Japanese based historical fantasy I definitely recommend picking up both Eon, along with this book.
reconditereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got an ARC of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. I was excited to receive this book because I remember liking the first one so much. Upon starting Eona, I realized there was a lot I'd forgotten about the characters, but the author deftly wove in some of the backstory so I wasn't lost. Even though I never did remember some of the stuff about the magical artifacts, it didn't matter. At a certain point in the book, everything you think you learned about dragons from the first book takes a giant swerve that puts a whole new light on preceding events. I turned the pages all the way through. It's a long book but I think the length is necessary because you really get a sense of how Eona (as another character points out) keeps drawing lines for herself and then keeps crossing them. That story is what carries through the book.The ending is fairly satisfying; slightly predictable, but a big relief that things come out at least somewhat happily. I would like to see how the couple comes out in the future after having a nice juicy conflict keeping them apart and then overcoming it. (I'm trying not to use names so it isn't too spoilery!) I recommend this book to readers who enjoyed the first one.
melanie1721 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled to find out that I would be receiving ARC book of EONA. I couldn't wait since I had read EON and loved it. This is what we know the empire is in trouble, the black folio is missing and Lord Sethon is claiming to be the new emperor. Lady Eona is the Mirror Dragoneye who is learning to control her powers and of course her being a woman.This was a great novel. Pretty extensive. But enjoyed it all!
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LikedEona: In Eon she was a girl pretending to be boy and succeeding very well at the lie. In book 2 Eona, she is the female Dragoneye a woman with status and re-learning how to act like a woman. She went from having nothing to having everything, status and power and she isn't succeeding very well at balancing who she is with who she needs to be. She now has lots of power that she doesn't know how to control and needing help from the traitor to help her control and learn her powers. She has to make decisions based on what needs to be done no matter who it may hurt. I feel sorrow for Eona and the rough choices she has to make and that she slowly starts to loose people's trust and friendship. I admire Eona's character as the young woman she is, trying to make a place for herself in a very dominate male world.Book 2 is a Step UpI really liked book 1, but book 2 have even more in it. There was always something going on in the story and never a slow or dull moment, the story was fasted paced and intriguing throughout. As the story progresses the red folio's secrets are being deciphered and what that means for Eona is rough. Why I like the second book more though was the love triangle, I won't say with whom, but it definitely adds a little extra drama and excitement into the storyline.EndingI was very happy with how everything ended and came to a conclusion, no loose ends were left unexplained. Yes a few characters were lost and I was very sad to seem them go, but with a book about war and fighting you are going to loose a few characters.What I Didn't LikeMy only issue was when a major fight or at a point where they only have so much time till they get attacked was the extended dialog between the characters seemed to be implausible for the time restraint they were in. It happened a few times where I was thinking, "Ok, this talking needs to stop you have arrows flying and swords clashing and he is bleed with an arrow stuck in his back, get moving!!"Recommendation Yes, you have to read these books, they are great action, adventure and little romance in this book. Also this is only a 2 book series, so you don't have to wait years to find out what happens to the characters
DeeDee10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but I'm glad I read this one. I loved the characters and the plot. Eona shows to be a strong character once she accepts who she is and connects with her dragon. I've been planning on reading more fantasy novels and this one pulled me in. I would encourage people to read this book if they want an adventure and novel about growth and change. I also enjoyed the politics in the book. Give this series a try and you won't be disappointed.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't express how much I loved reading Eona: The Last Dragoneye. Everything that was present in Eon was magnified in this sequel and I fell in love, if that's even possible, even more with Eona and the other characters.In this sequel, and final to the story of Eona, the Dragoneyes are in shambles and Eona's past finally reveals itself to her. Hard choices have to be made, alliances tested, friendships broken and reforged and, through all of this, epic battles are being waged. I devoured Eona. I knew I would after reading Eon, but I think I may have liked this book even more. Alison Goodman created a world that was rich, filled with subtle nuances and and so much mystery and magic. Add in an interesting magic system and cultural references and you have a well-rounded, fantastic story that didn't step too far over the bounds in order to achieve that typical "happily ever after" feeling.
Tatiana_G on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you liked "Eon" and your eyes didn't glaze over every time you read about Eona uniting with her dragon, easing into her mind-sight, channeling her Hua and so forth, I don't see any reason for you to dislike this novel. I really don't.I feel like every issue I had with the 1st book of this duology was successfully fixed or improved upon in this sequel."Eona," unlike its predecessor, has no info-dumping. Instead, it is a quest-type adventure in which Eona attempts to save her home country and in the process learn to control her newly acquired immense power.It is also a very personal story. The time is no longer spent on extensive world-building, but on Eona's exploration of her power as both a Dragoneye and a woman.Of course, everything is messy. With great power comes great responsibility - how much violence is justified in war? what is the rightful cause to use one's power against another person's will? who can be trusted with limitless access to power? and what can power do to a person who possesses it?The romance story line is no less complicated - romantic relationships are convoluted by mistrust, fear of deception, power imbalances, questions of morality, loyalty and honor.Every decision Eona has to make is ambiguous and difficult and requiring serious sacrifices, just the way I like them.But the best part of the book for me was the fact that when I started it, I was sure it would simply be about saving the Empire of Celestial Dragons from Sethon, but it turned out to be much more than that, sort of like in "Shadowfever" (Note: no other similarities! So don't hold this comparison against me later on, ok?)I am thoroughly impressed by this intelligent, complex and thoughtful story. Highly recommend it, unless, of course, you can't stand fantasy, dragons and heavy world building.
Tsana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WARNING: If you haven't read the first book, Eon, this review contains SPOILERS.SPOILERSYou have been warned.Picking up almost immediately where Eon left off, Eona continues the story of the girl Dragoneye caught up in court politics and a power-play by the late Emperor¿s half-brother. Most of the story revolves around the resistance fighters (who want to put the rightful heir on the throne for a variety of reasons, including him not being a sadistic bastard) Eona coming to learn about her powers (or realising how much she doesn¿t know) and the delightfully morally ambiguous other surviving Dragoneye who was positioned as the bad guy in book one.Now that Eona has given up trying to hide her gender, she still has to come to terms with what being a girl means. People treat her differently (useful when they assume she can¿t use the swords she¿s holding), she faces different risks, and she finds that she has to ¿learn to be a girl¿. I found it delightful that Lady Dela (the woman in a man¿s body) felt even more uncomfortable in man clothes (part of their disguise) than Eona did in a dress. Mostly Eona just complained that skirts were silly. More could have been done with this, but she did rather have other things on her mind.A small gripe I had was the amount of ¿as you recall from book one¿ writing at the start. I mean, it wasn¿t particularly badly done, but having picked this book up straight away, the reminders felt a bit clunky and could have perhaps been a bit more integrated. That said, if you were unfortunate enough to have a longer gap between the two books, I doubt this would be a problem.There was a lot more angst for Eona in this book. In the first book, she knew what she had to do (be Eon) even when she didn¿t really know what she was doing. And for most of the book, people expected her to flail a bit because she was new to her situation. In this book, a lot of people are relying on her and there¿s a looming issue of having to save the kingdom from natural disasters as well as from civil war. She angsts and makes some poor choices which made me want to slap her. (Luckily, one of her friends slaps her every now and then, which was a bit mollifying.) While it was at times frustrating to read, that sort of connection and caring for the characters takes some good writing, which the author pulls off. I just wish she¿d been slightly less of an idiot at times, even if it was justifyable in terms of where she was coming from as a character. (If you¿re wondering, this frustration is the main reason I rated this book less highly than the first one.)The ending was nicely conclusive and tied up all the loose ends. It did end rather abruptly exactly as soon as said ends were tied up, however. I was left wanting to know what happened next as they picked up the pieces of the world-almost-ending-incident. I thought an epilogue set some time afterwards would have been nice. However, on reflection, such an epilogue would have made it harder for a particular point of ambiguity remaining ambiguous. Given how that point ought to play out, perhaps this isn¿t such a bad thing. (What? I don¿t want to spoil ALL the things.)
Berly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eona by Alison Goodman. Second and concluding book. Eona lives in a richly imagined world based on the orient. Specially-chosen people (Dragoneyes) connect with the 12 dragons and together they control the world and the weather, bringing prosperity to the land. A ruthless killer has destroyed many of the Dragoneyes and everything is in chaos. Eona battles evil to return the rightful king to the throne. Betrayal, palace intrigue, epic battles and a little lust: I enjoyed this one very much and highly recommend it. My biggest complaint is that not enough time was spent in the spirit world with the dragons. Oh, and a good guy dies. Other than that, a grand adventure. Four stars.
Nanukana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After having the first book in this series sitting in my room for 6 months, I finally got around to actually reading it and, in the end, I had mixed feelings for the series. Eona is the continuation of Eon, about a girl who, after being disguised as a boy, now is one of the last Dragoneyes (people who control the dragons) and has to help a young prince get his rightful place as Emperor. Goodman did a really nice job of creating the culture of these books, a lovely fusion of Japanese and Chinese created into a long dynasty. I got pretty into the series with Goodman's excellent description and movement through the plot. Now the bad part. I absolutely hated Eona. I felt that she has some nice traits at the beginning but in this books she was deplorable! She's a lying, deceiving, untrustworthy fool who, while seeming to have back bone, can't even be strong enough to say what she's really thinking. It's like Goodman tried to paint us a strong-willed main character, and stopped half way. Still, she has loyal people surrounding her from the first book (when she was actually likable) and I can't seem to fathom why they stand by her, especially the Emperor, who is almost as unlikable as she is. The Emperor, also known as Kygo, comes across as a little boy trying to be man when all he has is quotes from old books. Every time he opens his mouth, I want to slap him and Eona. Also (Spoilers!!) there's Ido, who seems to "love" her in some disturbing way. This guy killed so many people and screwed up everything, but she likes him in some equally screw up way. Now (Major ending spoiler-rant coming) when throughout all of my misgivings I still had hope in a full, complete ending but it drew up short. She saved everyone and all that jazz, finally got the man and saw through Ido, but I didn't feel ANY character growth. She didn't have to choose Kygo over Ido because Ido died. She didn't have to choose saving the Dragons over taking their power, because it was too over whelming anyway. She didn't have to choose not to use her power over her friends will because Ryko died and she lost her power. She's still shallow and on the cusp of being a villain herself, yet things went her way and thus a "happy ending". She never truly offered up important information, she kept it too her self until she forced into it at the last minute (Even in the first book, Dela made her go to Kygo and tell him she was girl!). Finally, the book kind of just ended. We have no idea if Chart is alive, how he's doing, if Rilla and Lailla are alive, or how in the world Kygo and Eona are suppose to be together. I turned the page, a little excited over the epilogue, and there was simply acknowledgments, leaving too many questions in its wake. All in all, it's good book with a few serious problems. If you like dragons, magic, and wars with a bit of romance, then, by all means, read Eon and Eona. I personally found it very aggravating and thus settled on a generous 3 star rating for this book.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The interesting thing about Eona is that I heard about just a few months ago, even though I'd never before read (or even heard of) Eon. Eona looked so interesting that I decided to check out Eon (being the person that I am, I can't read a series out of order, it hurts my soul). I think I read Eon is about 2 days, even with work and everything else in life. I loved it. It was an excellent book with great action and a wonderful protagonist that you have to cheer for.After reading Eon just a few weeks ago, I had to have Eona. I mean as in, I had to fight my desire to run out and get the book right then and there. Thankfully, my library had it in stock and the wait wasn't that long, so I got in line and forced myself to be patient. When I finally got Eona, I finished the entire book (and it's a big book) in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.Eona picks up right where Eon left off. Eona's secret is out, that she's a girl dressed as a boy, but also the first Mirror Dragon Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Eona and co. are now on the run from the false emperor High Lord Sethon's army, and must also find the black folio to learn more about the secrets behind the Mirror Dragon. As Eona comes into her Dragoneye powers, it's up to her and her friends to help find the true emperor and put him on the throne.Eona is filled with pulse-pounding action, incredibly well-constructed fight scenes and a well-plotted world that is completely unforgettable. Not only does Goodman stay true to her vivid, Asian-inspired world, but Eona is as awesome and cheer-able as always. I was immediately caught up in her struggle from the beginning and wanted to see it through to the very end.Eona delivers everything that readers can expect after reading Eon and so much more. One of the best, most action-packed books I've read all year!
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. I LOVED Eona: The Last Dragoneye. Loved, loved, LOVED this book. It was so awesome and exciting. Sadness that it's over. Though I'm really glad it was only a two book series. (1200 pages between them would be enough for five).Again, I was just amazed by the world building. It fits seemlessly in with the first in the series, Eon, and expands and builds upon the previous story. Eon took place in the capital. This takes place all over the kingdom. We learn so much more about the dragons and Eona's past and her swords and the folios. There was also some romance going on here. It was the strangest love triangle I've ever read. I hope that doesn't stop anyone from reading the book, because it was so much more/different then just love. Maybe more of a power triangle? "Love" triangles get on my nerves at times, but this one didn't at all. And it was a lot because of Eona. She was attracted to the men for very different reasons and her feelings were never in question. It was interesting to see the development of some relationships, and the disintegration of others. Eona has this power, and some people like it and want it, others don't. Relationships that Eona values are put to the test, and some fail. Which was really sad.Unlike in the first book, Eona was very intellent. She had this internal battle between power and compassion. The tug-a-war, the shifting view of her power was interesting to read. She made me proud. Even as she struggled and sometimes failed, I loved it. I loved her. The characters, all of them, were very real to life. Even when I wanted them to behave differently, they behaved like they would in life if they were real. Which was awesome. Did you notice how many pages this book is? It's HUGE. That is because it takes so long for things to happen. There is a daring rescue that starts on page 243 (of the ARC) and ends on page 337 (of the ARC). One hundred pages for a rescue. It is a very daring rescue and things don't go exactly as planned. But the point is, NOTHING happens quickly in this book (or in Eon, for that matter). I did get impatient at times because I wanted things to happen faster, but I never got bored or felt that the story was dragging or that there was too much description (though there was a lot). I'm just an impatient reader. I actually wanted more when I finished it. After all that, it just sort of ended and I wanted more of a conclusion. Though honestly, it didn't need one. I wanted more of the world, the characters, the dragons.Okay, enough ramblings. Just an encouragment: You should pick up these books. They're AWESOME!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the heels of an imperial takeover, Eona has been revealed as a female Dragoneye and flees with her rebel friends for her life. Determined to put Kygo, the rightful heir, back onto the throne, Eona and her friends must do all they can to understand her Dragoneye powers, which so far are nearly impossible for her to control. To help Eona gain control over her powers, the Rebels reluctantly rescue Lord Ido, the Rat Dragoneye who murdered the other Dragoneyes in a selfish quest for ultimate power, who is to help her learn.However, Eona finds herself torn between her love for Kygo and her undeniable pull towards Ido. She struggles to be true to herself in a world where telling the truth can mean losing her free will. Eona¿s eventual decision will not only alter the political landscape of the land, but also the Dragoneyes¿ very connection to the mystical and powerful dragons themselves.I was dying for this sequel. Absolutely dying. Two years of distracting myself by reading other books, waiting for EONA to finally, finally be released. And even though I didn¿t enjoy it as much as I did Eon, it is still a towering accomplishment in fantasy literature that should satisfy most fans of the first book.Alison Goodman¿s world-building is as astonishing as ever. Whereas Eon largely takes place within the walls of the castle grounds, EONA traverses various landscapes, cultures, and attitudes in a dizzying array of information to keep track of. And it doesn¿t entirely succeed. The bulk of the story remains close to Eona, Kygo, Ido, and their various plans for overthrowing the traitor ¿Emperor¿ Sethon; supporting characters who come in and out of the story don¿t feel grounded within the world, and thus I found it extremely difficult to keep track of the goings-on and their importance.Perhaps I should¿ve reread Eon before starting EONA, because I found that EONA went in an entirely different direction than I had expected. For instance, whereas Eon emphasizes personal growth and court tensions, the majority of EONA felt like it toyed with a disappointingly more conventional YA love triangle between Kygo, Eona, and Ido. Neither of these people are truly likable: turns out that all three are power-hungry and mistrustful in their own ways. I actually appreciate this complexity of character. Here are three very different people, all thrust into an inescapable game of political and magical push-and-pull; it would be next to impossible that they¿d come out of their experiences untouched.So I really enjoyed reading about their flaws, but it made the fact that the love triangle seemed to be such a large part of EONA a little unbearable. I wasn¿t particularly a fan of either ¿leg¿ of the triangle, and it felt a little like giving in to YA conventions, in my opinion, detracting from the action-packed, conspiracy-oriented feel of Eon.Nevertheless, EONA is an impressive conclusion to a marvelously complex world that was introduced in Eon, and therefore has to be read by anyone who read and enjoyed the first book. The focus of EONA shifts, but still ends on a note that will likely leave you nodding and smiling.
MrsBoswellBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We pick up right where Eon left off. Eona and friends are off to find the resistance and Kygo, the Pearl Emperor, who escaped during the palace coup. After the actions of Lord Ido and Lord Sethon usurping the throne from his nephew, Eona has made it out relatively unscathed, but not quite safe. Whispers of the black folio and its powers follow Eona and Sethon will do anything to have Eona AND the black folio under his control. Eona is still unable to completely control her powers and now when she merges with the Mirror Dragon, it seems death and destruction ensue. The only person who can help Eona learn to control her powers is Lord Ido, who happens to be a prisoner of Lord Sethon and also the murderer of the 10 other Dragoneye lords. Can Lord Ido be trusted at all? And once Kygo is found, can he be trusted not to mirror Lord Sethon and use Eona and the black folio for his own desire and political gain? Can Eona save the empire or will she be the ultimate demise of it?Wow, and I mean WOW! I thought Eon was great and then Eona just went and added so much more! One thing I love about this series is the setting. In most fantasy novels, the landscape and and culture are completely made up. While the setting of this series is sculpted by Goodman's imagination, it is still based off of the rich Japanese and Chinese history. The world building is amazing and the character building just continues in this installment. The main characters were well-fleshed in Eon but they continued to grow in Eona. I still loved Eona, Kygo, Ryko, Dela and even Lord Ido eventually found a tiny place in my heart. Eona truly came to find things about herself not only as a warrior and Dragoneye ascendent, but also as a woman. I enjoyed taking that journey with her and learning alongside her. The supporting characters were wonderful, as well. The relationships between all of the characters were impressively written. I loved all the interaction and the action. Eona is much more action-packed compared to Eon. I was not once bored out of nearly 650 pages. I could not put the book down, I had no desire to. I was immediately sucked back into the world Goodman created and I wanted to find out what would happen. Eona is a thrilling end to an enthralling series. I highly recommend this one, as well as Eon, and I can not wait until it comes out to read it again!
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What the author does so well: engaging the reader. I read this book while doing laundry, and other multi-tasking. I simply couldn't put it down! The story was so elaborate, so passionate, and so fast paced, it was hard to break away from the book! One of the central themes of this story is the love triangle between Kygo, Ido, and Eona. I have to say- this triangle irritated me. Ido was obviously using Eona and she blatantly chose to not care. Somehow even though she had feelings with Kygo, which were met by equal passion, Eona still chose to "connect" to Ido. I was incredibly frustrated with Eona. She simply was a very flawed hero. Her morality choices seemed to worsen as the book went on. And although the author tried to redeem her at the end- it felt lacking. It isn't a good thing when I disagree with the heroine so much I hope she loses. I think that was the major fault of the story- the ending lacked a great deal. I felt that Eona really hadn't learned from her mistakes and would keep on making horrible choices.However, this was an incredibly imaginative series. The author has a very special way of writing- as the reader, I feel as though I really am a part of the story. I can't wait to read other books by her!
Elizabeth.Wong98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eona is the sequel is Eon, the book about the journey of Eona, the female Dragoneye. Eona is trying to protect Kygo, the rightful emperor to the throne. Unfortunately, to protect the emperor, she has to use her powers sometimes. The last she did this she killed over 20 people just to heal one person. Faced with unknown pits of energy, Eona must break her long time enemy, Lord Ido, out of jail to train her. Successful in this task, the girl Dragoneye also must control Ido as well as her dragon. But to control Ido she must share a bond with him and everytime this occurs he finds a way to circumvent the bond. Faced with all these difficult dilemmas, Eona is on the verge of breaking down. To make things worse she feels and undeniable pull toward Lord Ido and another pull toward Kygo. Finally things wrap quite nicely with no loose ends as they escape a near death experience and Kygo is restored as ruler. This book was even more amazing than the first one. I expected Eona turn in a different direction, but it decided to rebel and keep me turning pages till midnight. There were lots of twists and turns which I did not expect at all. I literally had to re-read the page again to make sure what my eyes told me was correct. The only complaint I have about this book is that Eona, the hero of this story, starts to fall in love with Lord Ido. Lord Ido murdered the other 10 dragon eyes, killed countless people, and almost killed Dillon, his apprentice. So I was like "Seriously? You're going to do that?" Eona is also in love with Kygo, and in my opinion he sounds a lot hotter, kinder, and way more awesome. But overall this book did not disappoint.
theadawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great sequel to the book Eon and it had a lot of twists and turns in it keeping it very interesting and a true page turner. It had even more issues come up which definitely thickened the plot and made it more and more compelling to read in order to get to the epic finish for the end. The main character did not change much in the sequel sadly, still making decisions that were supposed to help other but never did. It just caused more pain to those around her. Also, the love triangle that was created was very frustrating as well, because it seemed obvious who the right choice was again, but she once again seemed clueless until the very end. All in all, a good book, for the sake of the lesser characters, and worth reading until the end to see how all the problems finally come into a close.
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
I am in love with the book!!!! Like OMG is was soooo good! Ok now this did take me two weeks to finish this but that was because I was busy with school ¿¿ Anyway this book was awesome it was dynamic, powerful, mesmerizingly beautiful and viciously treacherous! And like out of the blue there was a romance story but it was a really good romance story ¿¿ Not like an in your face thing (thank you lord!) And was just a really fun read!! I mean like this book was such richly imagined that it felt like a real world OMG I just love this book and sires ¿¿¿¿ So I would definitely suggest reading this ¿¿ Now time for me to choose my next book!! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
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