Eona

Eona

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by Alison Goodman
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Pulled from the obscurity of the salt mines and into the dangerous life of a Dragoneye, Eon became the first female to bond with one of the ancient dragons of the Empire of the Celestial Dragons in centuries. As the second book opens, she has cast off her male disguise and joined forces with the beleaguered young emperor and his army in an attempt to take back the throne from his corrupt uncle, Sethon. Unfortunately, this also means that Eona, as she is now called, must find a way to work with her former enemy, Lord Ido, the Rat Dragoneye. This book is every bit as dynamic and powerful as Eon (Viking, 2008). Goodman's world-building is at once mesmerizingly beautiful and viciously treacherous, and Eona must discover her true allies in order to save the kingdom and the dragons. Recommend this title to fans of Tamora Pierce and Naomi Novik.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
This sequel to Eon begins with the empire in chaos and Eona in a crucial life change that not only affects herself, and her friends, but also the entire empire. Eona, the protagonist and narrator, recently became the Mirror Drangoneye, and also showed her true identity as a girl. As a dragoneye she has a lot of power and has a duty to her dragon to use this power in a way that helps the empire to regain balance. She is one of the only two dragoneyes still alive, after Lord Ido (the other living dragoneye) helped to kill the other ten dragoneyes, as well as the emperor. The emperor's brother Sethon claims the throne in this time of chaos, however, the throne truly belongs to the previous emperor's son Kygo. The three characters, Eona, Kygo and Lord Ido seem to be in a strange love triangle that deepens and complicates until the very end of the novel. As the novel continues, the fight for the empire truly begins and Sethon will do anything to keep Kygo from claiming the throne. This fight for control between the emperors is also coupled with the problems with the dragoneye power, and past struggles that become revealed in the novel. There are many battles scenes throughout the book, as well as a love story woven throughout all of the fighting. The novel was overall entertaining and interesting, but there were many elements to keep track of that could become confusing to some readers. Fantasy lovers will definitely enjoy this book and it is always nice to have a strong female protagonist. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
Kirkus Reviews

It's always nice to see fantasylands outside the usual Western Europe–inspired model, and this dulogy's faux-China is no exception (despite the white girl on the U.S. edition's cover). Eona the Dragoneye must save the world by controlling her spirit dragon, resisting evil impulses and making sure she doesn't fall for the wrong guy. Eona, now openly living as a girl, has joined the rebellion to put the rightful emperor on the throne. InEon(2008), ten of the twelve Dragoneyes were killed, leaving only Eon and evil Lord Ido controlling spirit dragons that protect the empire. Now Eona must learn to manage her own dragon, and she can't do it without help from power-mad Ido. Her friends are troubled, from warrior Ryko's fear that Eona can now control his mind to Lady Dela's anguish that the needs of the rebellion are forcing her to travel disguised as a man, growing a beard in her hated male body. Eona, meanwhile, is torn between lustful feelings for both the Emperor and Ido, between the desire for power and her loyalty to the empire. Not as richly flavored a world as Cindy Pon'sSilver Phoenix (2009), but a steamy page turner nonetheless, tension slowly building from slow start to a climactic battle packed with large-scale combat, mystical battles and sexual tension. One of those rare and welcome fantasies that complicate black-and-white morality.(Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142420935
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/29/2012
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
88,634
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.48(h) x 1.38(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet 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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