Book Review: Eona

Eona CoverBook: Eona by Alison Goodman

Published June 2011|Published by Penguin Group

E-book|Borrowed From The Library|399 pages

Series: Eon #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

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Summary: Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the self-styled “Emperor” Sethon. 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.

As much as I liked Eon, I loved Eona!  There are so many twists and turns and I liked that I didn’t know what was going to happen!  Just when I thought things were going one way, something unexpected would happen, and I would totally be caught off guard.

Did things end up how I expected?  Of course they did, but I was really surprised by how they got there.

I was pretty surprised with how I liked Lord Ido more than I expected, Kygo less then I expected and not sure if I liked or disliked Eona.  Dela was a great character that I really liked reading throughout the novel, but for the most part, I was surprised by the characters.

Let’s start with Kygo.  I get his frustration with Eona, but he was just plain wishy-washy.  He’d act all noble one minute, but next thing you know, he’d come out with some plan that Eona wouldn’t know about until he thought it would be a good time to know…or if Ido somehow managed to get him to tell Eona.  Granted, Eona had her own secrets that she shared with Ido or kept to herself, but you also saw how conflicted she was.  With Kygo, I just got the sense he was using her in a slightly better way than Sethon would have used her, and I felt like we only saw one side of Kygo.  His resistance to Ido helping was understandable, but also annoying.  When you have 2 dragoneyes left, and one needs to be trained by the other, it’s usually a good idea to let that happen.  And trusting Eona would be a good idea too…

Ido was really interesting.  He’s still the bad guy- although he seems to have a little bit more good in him than Sethon- but he’s a lot more likeable  than I ever expected.  He and Eona have this really interesting relationship that was set in motion at the end of Eon, and we really see it in Eona…especially with the connection they have because she healed him, which is interesting but also something that no one can explain.  Goodman does a great job at making him more likeable…even when he does what you’d expect from him in the end.

And we can’t forget about Eona!  There were times when I liked her and times when she was so irritating!  I did like that she was conflicted about things but her insistence on constantly being right got a little trying at times.  I totally get why she hid certain things, and in the end, I really do think she did the RIGHT thing.  But she, along with Ido, had a lot of character…and while I don’t usually do the team [insert guy here] thing, I think I kind of like her and Ido together.  Granted, I don’t think either guy is a good fit for her, but Ido is a slightly better fit than Kygo.  At least for me.

A lot of things from Eon made so much more sense in Eona!  I really loved how things were explained, and while a few things were unresolved and that there were no clear answers for some things, I didn’t mind at all, because some things may never be known.  Things did wrap up a little too nicely, but I’m glad things ended the way they did.  I’m kind of surprised there are only two books in this series, but I think it works as 2, because things HAPPENED.  It’s definitely a lot more eventful than Eon.

Final Thoughts:

I loved Eona!  There’s so much going on, and while the characters were irritating at times, they also had a lot more to them.  I loved that the book picked up where the first one left off.  Eona gets 5 stars.


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