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 Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her couture'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 is 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. (Goodman's website)
We pick up right where Eon left off. Eona and friends are off to find the resistance and Kygo, the Pearl Emperor, who escaped during the palace coup. After the actions of Lord Ido and Lord Sethon usurping the throne from his nephew, Eona has made it out relatively unscathed, but not quite safe. Whispers of the black folio and its powers follow Eona and Sethon will do anything to have Eona AND the black folio under his control. Eona is still unable to completely control her powers and now when she merges with the Mirror Dragon, it seems death and destruction ensue. The only person who can help Eona learn to control her powers is Lord Ido, who happens to be a prisoner of Lord Sethon and also the murderer of the 10 other Dragoneye lords. Can Lord Ido be trusted at all? And once Kygo is found, can he be trusted not to mirror Lord Sethon and use Eona and the black folio for his own desire and political gain? Can Eona save the empire or will she be the ultimate demise of it?
Wow, and I mean WOW! I thought Eon was great and then Eona just went and added so much more! One thing I love about this series is the setting. In most fantasy novels, the landscape and and culture are completely made up. While the setting of this series is sculpted by Goodman's imagination, it is still based off of the rich Japanese and Chinese history. The world building is amazing and the character building just continues in this installment. The main characters were well-fleshed in Eon but they continued to grow in Eona. I still loved Eona, Kygo, Ryko, Dela and even Lord Ido eventually found a tiny place in my heart. Eona truly came to find things about herself not only as a warrior and Dragoneye ascendent, but also as a woman. I enjoyed taking that journey with her and learning alongside her. The supporting characters were wonderful, as well. The relationships between all of the characters were impressively written. I loved all the interaction and the action. Eona is much more action-packed compared to Eon. I was not once bored out of nearly 650 pages. I could not put the book down, I had no desire to. I was immediately sucked back into the world Goodman created and I wanted to find out what would happen. Eona is a thrilling end to an enthralling series. I highly recommend this one, as well as Eon, and I can not wait until it comes out to read it again!
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (Penguin)
Pages: 635 (ARC)
Source: ARC from Book It Forward Tours
Others in Series: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
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