Reviews for Eona : The Last Dragoneye


Booklist Reviews 2011 May #2
Readers have waited a Paolini-like length of time for the sequel to the smashing Eon (2008), and the faithful will not be disappointed. On the run after the first book's climactic battle, Dragoneye Eona, Lady Dela, and the warrior Ryko head toward a collision course with the evil Sethon. And just as Eona begins falling for the young Pearl Emperor she begins to distrust him--and her own powers and motives. The effort it takes to describe rather indescribable superpowers will make this challenging for newbies, but Goodman packs her climax with genuine shockers. This isn't a trilogy, so this is it, fans. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
When Lord Sethon claims the Pearl Emperor throne for himself, newly recognized Dragoneye Eona rallies to Kygo, the real emperor. She finds herself torn between an off-limits attraction to Kygo and an illicit passion for Lord Ido, the only other living Dragoneye. Rich setting, swift-moving action, and plentiful emotional drama will hold fans' attention in this sequel to Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 March #2

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. In Eon (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's Silver 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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Library Journal BookSmack
In Eon (2008), readers were introduced to the world of the Dragoneyes-a culture reminiscent of ancient China-where a circle of men control the elements with dragon energies. At that book's conclusion, Eon, a Dragoneye, had revealed herself to be Eona, a forbidden female in their midst; the emperor had fallen victim to his ambitious brother; only two Dragoneyes (Eona and the traitorous Lord Ido) remained; and the emperor's heir, Kygo, was on the run. Now, Eona has joined Kygo in his quest to regain his rightful place. But without the tutelage of Lord Ido, she will not be able to control her dragon. Even as her feelings for Kygo grow, she is drawn to the seductive nature of Ido's power and the bond they share as the last remaining Dragoneyes. Through a connection with her traitorous ancestor, Kinra, it becomes increasingly clear that if Eona wishes to restore the dragons to the land, she may lose both men, and her power, in the bargain. This epic duet is a great next read for fans of Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven (2010). - "35 Going on 13" Booksmack! 6/16/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 February #3

In this exciting if slightly overwrought sequel to Goodman's popular Eon, the author returns to the Empire of the Celestial Dragons to continue the story of Eona, the first master of the Mirror Dragon in centuries, who has been exposed as a girl. The new emperor, Kygo, has been deposed by his evil uncle, Lord Sethon, aided by the renegade Dragoneye Lord Ido, and all of the other Dragoneyes--except the novice Eona--have been murdered. Fearing Ido's power, Sethon has imprisoned him, and, ironically, Eona must rescue the traitor so that he can train her to defend Kygo. Distractingly, Eona loves the young emperor, but she also discovers that doing magic with Ido is sexually exciting: "I had to anchor myself long enough to pass the power. The straining muscles across his bare chest and shoulders held both menace and a sensuality that pulled me closer. I straddled his legs." Although this installment covers a lot of ground (perhaps too much), its flashy swordplay, spectacular magic, increasingly explicit sexuality, and elaborately constructed society should leave readers satisfied as Eona's adventures draw to a close. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 July

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

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VOYA Reviews 2011 June
This sequel picks up right where Eon left off: Eona, newly revealed as a woman, is making her way through the countryside with members of the rag-tag rebellion. She is learning to harness her new dragon powers, as well as trying to figure out her feelings for the emperor, Kygo. Eona and her closest compatriots (they cannot truly be called friends--there are too many issues of trust, honor, and class levels for that) are moving in stealth through the country, as they try to free the ambiguously evil Lord Ido and restore Kygo to his rightful throne. Ido must train Eona; otherwise, her powers can overwhelm her and kill those around her Goodman's world-building is compelling and realistic, partially because of her detailed descriptions. The downside of this attention to minutia is that it can slow down action scenes right when the pace is meant to be at a peak. Eona's coming of age and progression toward a loving relationship with Kygo is subtly explored and grows realistically. To say that the former slave has trust issues would be severely understating things. The complex mythology of the world the author has created is deep and satisfying. Eona's world is analogous with ancient Asia but definitively its own place. The final showdown packs a punch, and fans of the first book will enjoy traveling the rough roads with Eona, watching as she learns her history while finding a path to her future.--Geri Diorio 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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