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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,


Read Alison Goodman's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

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 selfstyled "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.

Editorial Reviews

In this standalone sequel to Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, Australian author Alison Goodman (Singing the Dogstar Blues) tracks the perilous adventures of Eona, the first female Dragoneye in many centuries. Unfortunately, our heroine finds no time to rest on her laurels: She and her fellow rebels are racing frantically to find a potent black folio while they also attempt to elude High Lord Sethon's pursuing army. Eona: The Last Dragoneye brims with romance, suspense, and surprises. Definitely worth recommending.

Publishers Weekly
In this exciting if slightly overwrought sequel to Goodman's popular Eon, the author returns to the Empire of the Celestial Dragons to continue the story of Eona, the first master of the Mirror Dragon in centuries, who has been exposed as a girl. The new emperor, Kygo, has been deposed by his evil uncle, Lord Sethon, aided by the renegade Dragoneye Lord Ido, and all of the other Dragoneyes—except the novice Eona—have been murdered. Fearing Ido's power, Sethon has imprisoned him, and, ironically, Eona must rescue the traitor so that he can train her to defend Kygo. Distractingly, Eona loves the young emperor, but she also discovers that doing magic with Ido is sexually exciting: "I had to anchor myself long enough to pass the power. The straining muscles across his bare chest and shoulders held both menace and a sensuality that pulled me closer. I straddled his legs." Although this installment covers a lot of ground (perhaps too much), its flashy swordplay, spectacular magic, increasingly explicit sexuality, and elaborately constructed society should leave readers satisfied as Eona's adventures draw to a close. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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8.36(w) x 5.78(h) x 1.88(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Goodman, in addition to the Eon/Eona duology, is also the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult science fiction thriller Killing the Rabbit. She lives with her husband and their hyperactive Jack Russell terrier in Australia.

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