Eona by Alison Goodman

March 6, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Eona by Alison GoodmanEona (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman
Published: 01 February 2010 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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4 Stars

Where there is power, there is betrayal…

Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is 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 to bond with her Mirror Dragon, she becomes a conduit for the ten spirit dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered by Lord Ido. Their anguish floods through her, twisting her ability into a killing force, destroying the land and its people.

And another force of destruction is on her trail.

Along with Ryko and Lady Dela, Eona is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne from Sethon. But if Eona is to help Kygo, she must drive a dark bargain with an old enemy that could obliterate them all.

Character driven books like Eon and Eona rely heavily on the interactions between the members of the cast. This book features strong, well written characters who are each driven but personal motivations. Even the characters of dubious morality were enjoyable to read about and relate to. The only character I didn’t sympathise with at all was Lord Ido, because he was just so repulsive and unethical. 

This is not to say that the plot of Eona is lacking – in fact, I found the plot compelling and well paced. There are a few obvious twists and reveals, but they are offset by some completely unpredictable and shocking ones. One of my main gripes with the plot is the way that Eona is treated after revealing herself to be a woman. People are frequently telling her that as a woman, she is too emotional or naive to make important decisions and her opinions aren’t valid because she doesn’t understand a man’s world.

Eona is an awesome book which I enjoyed reading and recommend for anyone who loves to lose themselves in masterful storytelling and riveting characters.

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