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by Alison Goodman

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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, the


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

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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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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harstan More than 1 year ago
To the shock of everyone Eon the novice proves to be a female; the first dragoneye of that gender in centuries. The ten other dragoneye except Eona and Lord Ido were massacred after being betrayed by the latter. No longer concealing her sex, Eona struggles with the grief of the Celestial Dragons and remains loyal to the deposed Pearl Emperor Kygo; removed from the throne by his uncle High Lord Sefton. While Eona flees accompanied by rebels Ryko and Lady Dela in search of the stolen Black Folio, Lord Sefton sends his army to kill one of the two threats remaining to his rule. He also incarcerates Ido before the last experienced dragoneye can use his power. Eona reluctantly needs to rescue the traitor so he can mentor her on using her power to protect Kygo who she loves while wanting Ido. The second Empire of the Celestial Dragons (see Eon) is a fabulous quest fantasy. Eona is terrific heroine struggling to learn her craft ironically from the traitor who betrayed and destroyed his peers. The tale is filled with angst as the dragons are grieving over the loss of their bonded partner; while Eona feels the weight of the world on her shoulders as she tries to help the mourners and the exiled young Emperor Kygo, but does not know how. This is a strong action-packed thriller that will have young adult readers soaring though the sky riding dragons. Harriet Klausner
Adele Shields More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is one of the most intense books I have ever read. The perfect balance between romance and action, along with mystery and drama, this is a must read!
SilverShadow65 More than 1 year ago
This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen next. I cherished the love Eona and Kygo shared together, and spat at Ido's desire for power. All in all, this book is great and deserves praise. The only reason I gave it four stars was because I felt like another chapter should have been added at the end. Many questions were left unanswered (Vida, the empire, their love and lives, etc) and I felt one last chapter would have explained what would happen next. I guess Goodman just wanted us to use our own imaginations. Still, fabulous book! I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves to read about strong women who can defeat even the darkest of powers.
dmichelle More than 1 year ago
In both Eon and Eona, Goodman has created characters and a story that are both classically perfect, and yet unpredictable and new. From the beginning of book one I was engrossed in her fantastically real world and book two, no less breathtaking, was a satisfying conclusion. It's almost impossible for an author to flawlessly execute all aspects of such an epic prose, but to put it simply: she did. Word of caution--They may not be "adult" novels, but book two in particular has some sexual content that would be around PG-13 in movie terms.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Eona has finally shed her false identity. Now, she must look to setting the kingdom to rights after High Lord Sethon took control. All the Dragoneyes are dead, with the exception of the traitorous Lord Ido. Eona, Ryko, and Lady Dela attempt to find their Emperor - the young son with ties to the throne. Indeed, Kygo is the true Pearl Emperor. When they find him, they must attempt to take the throne back from his uncle. Regaining control of the land won't be easy. Death and destruction will come. Without their Dragoneyes, dragons are disappearing from the world. Now more than ever, Eona needs Lord Ido alive, so that he can share his knowledge. In the past, Lord Ido only wanted power. Could he have changed? Eona isn't putting all her hopes in Ido sharing his knowledge; she's also working on translating a folio left by her ancestors. The knowledge and power she gains from the folio scare her beyond belief. Could her destiny already be chosen for her? The stunning conclusion to EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN was an intense, emotional read. I loved reading about the union between the Mirror Dragon and Eona. I loved the twists and turns of this read. I loved the relationship between Eona and Kygo. Honesty, I just loved the book. It was heartbreaking, frustrating, horror-filled, sweet, satisfying, romantic, and vastly entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW, Just...WOW Where do I even begin to explain how incredible this story is? Maybe I'll just rant and hopefully if there is someone reading this will understand. The incredible story that began in "Eon" ends amazingly in "Eona". In this finale, everyone knows that Eona is a female Dragoneye. The resistance needs her to reinstate the rightful heir back on the throne. Easier said than done because she has no training in using her new found power. With no choice she turns to her hated enemy, Ido the Rat Dragoneye, to train her. Things get complicated when Eona starts experiencing what is like to be a woman when she develops an attraction to Kygo, the rightful heir and Ido. Added to that Eona must clear her ancestors 500 year-old treason and bring balance to the land and dragons. The narrative do a wonderful job of weaving these multiple plot lines into a harmonic story without being boring or overbearing. Eona is the best. Pick it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, sequal to Eon, did not disappoint! Captivating and awe inspiring! Action packed with twists and turns to keep you guessing till the very end! Highly recommended!!!
jts98 More than 1 year ago
In this thrilling sequel to Alison Goodman's first novel, Eon Dragoneye Reborn, Eona goes on a thrilling adventure to save the Empire of the Celestial Dragons. Eona is the mirror Dragoneye. A Dragoneye is a man or a woman who is united with a dragon and can share and use their power. But becoming a dragoneye has a price. Overtime, the dragon that you are united with draws on your life force eventually retiring you into a state of frailness. Goodman's novel features the twelve animals of china: the rat dragon, the ox dragon, the tiger dragon, the rooster dragon, the snake dragon, the monkey dragon, the pig dragon, the dragon dragon, etc.
BasiGirl More than 1 year ago
My only complaint? It ended. I will admit to some disappointment and a wish for a better conclusion to this story. I feel strongly that it deserved that much. My mind spins with the possibilities of what could have been... Otherwise, I was completely drawn in to EONA, as I was EON. Perhaps it is not the most serious type of book, but I found it had an edgy quality to it that carried the flavor of Tamora Pierce. The topics explored are definitely for an older YA audience and I'm sure many adults looking for a good yarn will enjoy this story. Do not expect to be amazed by a brilliant, new writing style or concept. While Goodman does a compelling job of telling Eona's story, and excels in keeping a predictable story entertaining and interesting, the story has been told before, many, many times. She does a creditable job of creating a believable world with strong Asian connections with her own style. Above all, this is a story of a girl, masquerading as a boy, learning to be true to herself. If you enjoy Tamora Pierce's Alanna stories, tales of dragons, Asian lore and culture - I am sure you will enjoy EON and EONA.
J-Adkins More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and interesting read. I enjoy getting a book that I don't want to put down because I want to see what happens next. The characters kept you guessing. It is not a book that you know what is going to happen next. T appreciate the twists and turns the author took to keep in extremely interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this just out of curiosity at the local library! This book and the other in the series "Eon" were superbly written. Once I started reading the first, I was hooked and couldn't put it down! I would recommend this to anyone, young & old alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus is the first book in awhile that made me feel as if I was inside the story but the end left me asking what will happen to dela, rilla, chart, lon, and lillia. It also left me wondering what will happen between kygo and eona. Will he make her his empress or one of his conqudins? Will the both of them be able to restore the empire? I can only hope that alison will write another book to this series or atleast a novelet.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
A satisfying sequel to Eon, in which the boy apprentice was revealed as the girl, Eona. Although a Dragoneye, she has yet to learn how to find and work with the power of her dragon. This comes into play many times as Eona fights the evil Lord Sethon. There are many instances of good-versus-evil, and the age-old quandry of which man to give one's heart (and body) to. I was a bit put off by the romance which appeared to be taking place between Eona and Lord Ido, a man who had previously tried to rape her; I wondered what the author was trying to bring to the story with this plot line. Was it the dragon magic that caused her to (possibly) care for Ido or her inexperience in matters of the heart? At the same time, she and Lord Kygo have a flirtation going, but does he really care or is he only after Eona's powers? The fight scenes between Lord Sethon's army and the resistance fighters made the horrors of war apparent. I was surprised at the death of one of the major characters but it fit in well with the story line. Every time the world "earthshake" was used, I wondered why other weather-related subjects stayed the same as what we use today, such as tsunami. This is not a critique but an observation, because I liked hearing the word "earthshake." My teen readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel and they won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eona was abolutely amazing! It's the kind of book that once you pick it up, you simply cannot put it down! It's action packed, exciting, even thrilling. You never know what's is going to happen. This is a must read! Beautifully written and a wonderful story that will capture anyone's heart! Don't miss out, READ IT!!!!! =)
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! If you have just finished reading a good book like the Hunger Games and liked it then you are going to love this book! It has romance trust betrayal power it is an AMAZING book! Buy it! But this is the second book, so if you haven't read the first book Eon then you will be very confused! Overall this book is AMAZING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read. It has dragons, romance, and a whole lot of action. I was glued to this book or a whole entire day! Im only 11 years old ( i have a VERY high reading level) and find my self captured in this magical book. If you like the hunger games then this is 10x better. This book can spark your imagination! I love Eona she never is the character you think she is going to be which is great. Great job Alison Goodman! BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 1st book, Eon, was interesting, even if it was a bit drawn out in the middle. I couldn't even finish this 2nd book, Eona. There is still an interesting plot set in a creative world, but the 'teen romance' thread has been ratcheted up 10 notches and just dragged the whole story down (I kept repeating, just on with the story already!) This is yet another book and author that has fallen victim to the twilight/vampire/teen romance craze.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first one was ok but this one would nolet me put it down
Penbook33 More than 1 year ago
Alison Goodman is an amazing writer. Her detail is amazing, everything she describes takes you there. Read this book! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. I recommend it to all who see it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will never end up reading a book better than this. Like it even better than the first book. Unlike the first book it has a love story and romance to it. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the e first book Eona is a strong character who is completely sure of herself and what she is doing, in this one not so much. She almost lose who she is and I was hoping to read a book about a strong female character not about a doughty seventeen year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i finished both books i cried when it was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! Could not keep my eyes off it, so detailed and magnificent! I wish the story would not end