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Title: Eona. Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power — and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create.
Why did I read this book: I loved Eon , and have been on tenterhooks waiting for the second half of this epic duology from Alison Goodman. I actually did a little banana dance when I got this enormous ARC in the mail. For the first time in years, the Mirror Dragon has returned, selecting young, lame Eon as dragoneye. For the first time in her life, Eona must come to grips with her identity as not only a woman, but as one of three remaining dragoneyes.
Even though she has little control of her formidable power, everyone wants to control Eona — including the rightful emperor, Kygo. Eona quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility. Without anyone to teach her how to channel her power and avoid the grief and rage of the now lordless remaining ten dragons, Eona is forced to turn to a bitter enemy, Lord Ido, to help harness her power for the greater good — but at what terrible personal cost?
And even though she intends on using her dragon for good, morality quickly becomes blurred in an increasingly dangerous game of power and loyalty. When Eon was released a few years back, I was thrilled — not only does this duology play with one of my favorite YA fantasy tropes the warrior girl masquerading as a boy , but it takes place in a fantastical version of imperial China as opposed to, you know, western Europe.
More than that, Eon introduced a system of dragons and their magical pearls, a life force energy called Hua , and the balance of order and chaos that a warrior and dragoneye must learn to master to bring harmony to the land.
As far as characters go, Eona as our heroine has a lot of conflicted ethical and personal decisions in this second book. First, she must become accustomed to being a woman — a character development I thought could have used a little more time and focus, because for all that Eona is just trying to settle into her public image as female, she seems to slip into the role rather easily for one that has had to hide her gender under pain of death, or at least certain exploitation for so long.
The same could be said for her healed hip, for that matter — she grows accustomed to her lack of handicap rather easily and quickly, too. This aside, I loved that Ms. Though Eona tries to blame her ancestress for certain urges she feels, the beckon of godlike power is not something anyone can turn away from, and I appreciated that this conflict is first and foremost in this book.
Although there was some verging on the cusp of ridiculousness with the tropes i. I loved the trust issues that Eona has with Kygo, and how neither knows where exactly they stand with the other, despite mutual attraction.
The relationship with Ido is similarly complex, and considering their history, this makes sense. As in the first book, one of my favorite characters was the Contraire, Lady Dela — an Easterner that is actually male in body, but female in spirit and always referred to as female throughout the book.
Especially in a YA book, this examination of gender is fascinating, and something very different from the norm. Absolutely recommended.
The dragons were crying. I stared across the choppy, gray sea and concentrated on the soft sound within me. For three daybreaks, ever since we had fled the conquered palace, I had stood on this same rock and felt the keening of the ten bereft dragons.
Usually it was only a faint wail beneath the golden song of my own Mirror Dragon. This morning it was stronger. Perhaps the ten spirit beasts had rallied from their grief and returned to the Circle of Twelve. I took a deep breath and eased into the unnerving sensation of mind-sight. The sea before me blurred into surging silver as my focus moved beyond the earthly plane, into the pulsing colors of the parallel energy world.
The Mirror Dragon. The queen. The other ten dragons had still not returned from wherever spirit beasts fled to grieve. The Mirror Dragon turned her huge head toward me, the gold pearl under her chin glowing against her crimson scales. Tentatively, I formed our shared name in my mind—Eona—and called her power.
Her answer was immediate: a rush of golden energy that cascaded through my body. I rode the rising joy, reveling in the union. My sight split between earth and heaven: around me were rocks and sea and sky, and at the same time, through her great dragon eyes, the beach surged below in timeless rhythms of growth and decay.
Silvery pinpoints of Hua—the energy of life—were scurrying, swimming, burrowing across a swirling rainbow landscape. Deep within me, a sweet greeting unfurled—the wordless touch of her dragon spirit against mine—leaving the warm spice of cinnamon on my tongue. Suddenly, the rich taste soured. We both sensed a wall of wild energy at the same time, a rushing, shrieking force that was coming straight for us.
Never before had we felt such driven pain. Crushing pressure punched through our golden bond and loosened my earthly grip. I staggered across uneven rock that seemed to fall away from me. The Mirror Dragon screamed, rearing to meet the boiling wave of need.
I could feel no ground, no wind, no earthly plane. There was only the whirling, savage clash of energies. Additional Thoughts: Book 1 in the duology, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is where you must start if you are considering this series.
Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, Eon is training to become a Dragoneye — a powerful Lord able to command wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret — he is in fact a young woman living a dangerous masquerade that, if discovered, will mean certain death.
Brought to the attention of the Emperor himself and summoned to the opulent court, Eon is thrust into the heart of a lethal struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon is based on the ancient lores of Chinese astrology and Feng Shui. It is a thrilling, timeless novel of deadly politics, sexual intrigue and dazzling swordplay set in a brilliantly envisioned world ….
Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. I got Eon two days ago from my library and devoured it in a few hours. I loved it and cannot wait for Eona! I read this review, got all excited to read this duology and went to buy Eon , only to find that Eon is not available as an ebook in the U.
Anyway, thank you for the review. Sony you can read epub ebooks on any epub device, including a nook. It seems that sony is the only e-tailer that has the ebook though? Which seems, frankly, bizarre. But…there you have it. On a side note, it really, really pisses me off when publishers do this as well. I want to buy ebooks, but the lack of availability at times is incredibly frustrating!
Katie — I did the exact same thing when I first got Eon, devouring it in a single day! I really hope you enjoy Eona too! I, finally, read and finished Eon just the other day and started Eona yesterday. I even agree with everything you say about Eona. At about pages in, I can already see a lot of your points on the book. The setting IS particularly awesome, and the gender roles — yes! Which is awesome. The only thing I may not agree wholly with is that Eona transforms into her role as a woman easily.
She constantly challenged because she is a woman, no matter how much she proves that she has enormous power and influence normally reserved for men. Why do publishers make it so hard to buy books? Dragons, China, girl-disguised-as-boy. I ordered Eon just after reading your review, and tossed Eona onto my wishlist. The world was so interesting, and I just had to know what happened next in the worst way the whole time I was reading it.
After all, Eona has been disguised as a boy for four years and this is a society where mirrors are precious and only for the very rich. That may be because I liked Ido, but all the same, the quality sucked. Sorry if I offend, but this is what it semed like to me…. I so need to start reading this!!! I literally devoured Eon when I got it!
Such an amazing series! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Review: For the first time in years, the Mirror Dragon has returned, selecting young, lame Eon as dragoneye. By Thea. Katy April 14, at am Review? Katie April 14, at am I got Eon two days ago from my library and devoured it in a few hours.
Dana S April 14, at am I read this review, got all excited to read this duology and went to buy Eon , only to find that Eon is not available as an ebook in the U. Thea April 14, at am Katie — I did the exact same thing when I first got Eon, devouring it in a single day!
Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon Duology Series #2)
Access options available:. Eona: The Last Dragoneye. Viking, The land and the followers of the true Emperor are in grave danger, both from bereaved dragons whose human counterparts were all brutally murdered and from the war brewing over possession of the throne. Amid all this, Eona is entrusted to help young Kygo, imperial heir apparent, who seeks to avenge the death of his family and defeat his usurping uncle. Love, betrayal, lust, dragon connections, and philosophical debates about privilege and humanity supplement this central plot, resulting in a lush and lengthy wrap-up to Eona's story.
Eona: The Last Dragoneye
It follows the story of Eon, who has potential to become a Dragoneye, being able to control wind, water and land. However, Eon is actually a female concealed as a boy, and with females forbidden, she becomes a dangerous gamble. Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be selected as apprentice to a Dragoneye. Dragoneyes are the human links to the twelve dragons of good fortune, who provide energy to the earth. However, circumstance does not favour Eon; he is a cripple and despised by the trainers and other candidates for the ceremony. They believe his disability embodies bad luck and try to distance themselves, all except a boy named Dillon who is also bullied for his small size.
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