Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman [REVIEW]

       
Eona (Eon #2)
by Alison Goodman
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."

Rating:

I gotta say this was a hefty book to read. Before I started Eona, looking at the number pages, I was wishing it would not drag because I had the growing feeling that I might not be able to finish it if so. I really liked Eon so I would hate to miss out the ending of this story.

Thankfully Eona had a faster pace than I expected. It was still slow but Eona and the gang – okay scratch that, gang doesn’t really fit the theme – make that company, troop, or whatever, encounter several trials along the way to defeat High Lord Sethon and his army. There’s the whole imbalance of the earth, death of friends, Dillon going crazy, Kinra’s (Eona’s ancestor) visions, not to mention the torn-between-two-lovers scheme among Eona, Prince Kygo and Lord Ido... It’s a lot to take in and trust me that’s not even half of what else is going on in this book.

I really felt sorry for Eona throughout her journey. It’s not enough that she has to adjust from living and acting like a boy to finally becoming the girl she truly was, but she also has to deal with her Dragoneye gifts; gifts that seem to have a mind of their own since she can’t use them without: a) the grieving dragons coming at her and her dragon from the celestial world, b) having the perfidious urge to grab the Imperial Pearl from the love of her life’s throat, c) considering she’s  an untrained Dragoneye, her dragon powers are useless until she can control it herself and not kill an entire town. The list just goes on. I can see the reason behind her stupid decisions and the fact that she has a hard time trusting people around her, and yet problems just seem to keep piling up. Give the girl a break here! Sheesh!

I understand that a lot of things are new to Eona, most especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Although, I have to give it her for catching the eyes of two of the most powerful men in the empire! Kygo being the rightful heir to the throne, is torn between choosing his duty as the Prince and the woman he loves, while Ido, although shows attraction for Eona, feels his power as a Dragoneye is more important than anything else and yet he risks everything to rescue Eona when the time came. Go ahead, girl, flatter yourself! LOL.

This book not only showcased a very interesting love affair, but also illustrated matters of war, history and mythology among others. I was really fascinated over the real story behind the Dragoneyes’ powers and all the things that came crashing down on Eona about Kinra’s time as the Mirror Dragoneye before her.

Again, Alison Goodman’s world building skills were truly commendable. The action scenes were awesome as well and her writing, although long and descriptive in a way, was beautiful all the same. I have to say this was a very fitting ending to this duology. It was a little sad at some point but just like how Eona and Kygo had felt, I agree that their decision was the right thing to do even with all the sacrifices that had to be made.

2 comments:

  1. A close friend of mine and I are planning to read this one. Well, I'm currently asking Fullybooked for a hardbound copy and hope we'll like this book in the end. Have fun!

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  2. Great Review! I absolutely loved this books and raved about it in my own review. It really was a wonderful finish to the series.

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