Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Review #70: Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

Eona: The Last Dragoneye
by Alison Goodman

Genre: YA Fantasy
Ages: 14 and up

Amazon Description:
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. . . .

My Review:
This book was awesome. I loved Eon, but this was even more wonderful. The fascinating world Alison Goodman created grows even more complex and it draws you inexorably into the story until you are standing right there, watching the story unfold.

The wonderful, flawed characters are taken to new depths. Kygo is arrogant and fierce, as ready to kill you as look at you, but his brief, rare moments of compassion and humanity won me over. Eona had some spectacular moments of bad judgement, and she has to fight herself more than anything else. Not only are others attempting to hijack her will and use her as a weapon, but her own ambition could destroy her.

This book is all sharp, brilliant edges. Even such things as love, trust and hope can cut and make you bleed. This is not a comfort book to simply curl up with. This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat through all 600 some-odd pages. The ending was exhilarating and tragic and beautiful all at the same time. There was just enough room left for a third novel, but there doesn't need to be one. It was very nearly perfect.

I recommend this to lovers of semi-dark fantasy and wondrous new worlds. Neither Eon nor Eona are books to be missed.

1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).

I give this a 4.10 in profanity for some mid-level swearing and insults.

I rate this a 3.10 for some references and a couple of scenes that came very close to actual sex.

This book gets an 8.10 in violence for torture, murder and battles.

                                           Lieder Madchen

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