Eona [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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.
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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
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
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: 9781101546666
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 654
  • Sales rank: 29,996
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 830 KB

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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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    a fabulous quest fantasy

    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

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Great Concept Falls Flat

    Eona the sequel and conclusion to Eon was a great idea that in the end underwhelmed. In Eon we met Eona the last Mirror Dragoneye, a crippled girl posing as boy. On the run after the fall of the emperor by he's brothers coup along with Lord Ido, she must find a way to restore the rightful monarchy and save the dragons.

    Eona is like a reflection of the first book as she is wanted as a boy so she is hiding as a girl. Unfortunately regardless of gender Eona keeps getting in her own way. In Eon she was frustratingly slow or maybe it was just how apparent the storyline was, but she displays cleverness at the speed of molasses. It seems Eona learned nothing from the first book since her fears and lack of communication was the root of most of her problems. I was really disappointed at the lack fighting in these books it seemed like a good setting for a strong female warrior, but wasn't. I found all the supporting characters way more interesting and likable than the lead.

    I love the idea of this series. The set up was great. The world, asian lore, and influences are refreshing in the stacks of vampires, witches, and shifters. But with all the time and effort put into creating the Eona world, the heroine got left behind. The storyline was interesting but really what good is the plot or an intricately written world if your main character is annoying and ruining everything. What a waste.

    9 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Absolutely Amazing

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Best book ever

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    WOW, Just...WOW Where do I even begin to explain how incredible

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

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    Blown Away!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Eona The Last Dragoneye

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Excellent to the Very End

    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!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Girl power

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2011

    You must read EONA

    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!!!!! =)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    I recommend this book.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    OK

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Excellent series

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Very highly recommended

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Eona

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    WOW BUY RIGHT NOW!!!!

    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!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    THE BEST

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!
    Could not keep my eyes off it, so detailed and magnificent!
    I wish the story would not end

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    My only complaint? It ended. I will admit to some disappointment

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    no, no, and hell no.

    Not sure how you can really justify making rape into something 'sexy', but that's exactly what Goodman did with both books in her series. On top of that crime, she made a lot of other poor choices with regards to plot, character development, and pacing. All of which add up to my extreme dissatisfaction with these books. I definitely don't recommend this author. If you want a good dragon-filled series with great female protagonists, pick up The Enchanted Forest Chronicles or something else instead.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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