Reviews for Eona : The Last Dragoneye

AudioFile Reviews 2009 February/March
After four years of study, Eon knows he's not ready for the competition that will decide who will become apprentice to the "dragoneye." Surprises unfold to the end, which sets the stage for the sequel. Nancy Wu provides an even narration that deals smoothly with the many gender variations in the characters, ranging from eunuch and transgender "contraire" to a girl masquerading as a boy and boys being dosed with aggression-enhancing herbs. Wu adroitly maneuvers the mood swings of the characters, enhancing the complexity of this tale, which is loosely modeled on a dynasty of Imperial China. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 August

Gr 8 Up--The much anticipated sequel (2011) to Alison Goodman's Eon (2008, both Viking; Brilliance, 2008) was worth the wait. The Empire of Celestial Dragons has been overtaken by the evil High Lord Sethon, with the aid of traitor, murderer, and now prisoner, Lord Ido. The rightful heir, Emperor Kygo, has seven days to reclaim the throne. Eona is unable to control her newly acquired Dragoneye powers. In a unique twist, Kygo and Eona must rescue Ido so he can train Eona to defend Kygo using her Mirror Dragon's power. The twists continue with a few hairpin turns, including a love triangle. In the course of their journey for retribution, Eona, Kygo's Naiso--truth bringer--discovers a centuries-old lie: there never was a bargain between the Dragoneyes and their dragons. The twelve pearls are not simply power and wisdom, but the dragons' life force waiting to be reborn. The stolen thirteenth pearl--the Imperial Pearl--is the catalyst for renewal. Returning the pearl provides rebirth for the dragons, but death of power for the Dragoneyes. Waves of moral conflicts pummel Eona, and in the end she must choose between the dragons and the land over her own power-seeking ambition. Goodman skillfully tempers the gritty truth of war with the balance of romantic tension to create a fast-paced, unpredictable page-turner guaranteed to become a fantasy favorite. Narrator Nancy Wu brings the entire empire to life, sliding effortlessly from a female clipped English-Asian accent to the demanding voices of lords and emperors. A preface, written in the form of an historical account from the Imperial librarian, neatly compresses background from the first book, but not quite enough to make Eona a stand-alone title--so buy both.--Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH

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