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Eona by Alison Goodman

Alison Goodman is an aclaimed fantasy writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband. Her most recent novel is Eona which is the sequel to Eon (aka The Two Pearls of Wisdom) and the conclusion of the Eon duology. Eona was released in Australia and North America in early 2011, and debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List (Children’s Chapter Books, 8th May) and the Indie Weekly Bestseller List. In the UK, Eona has been released under the title The Necklace of the Gods, and also as a YA edition titled Eona: Return of the Dragoneye. The Eon/Eona duology has been sold into 17 countries, and translated into ten languages.

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 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 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 if 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.

Character driven books like Eon and Eona rely heavily on the interactions between the members of the cast. This book features strong, well written characters who are each driven but personal motivations. Even the characters of dubious morality were enjoyable to read about and relate to. The only character I didn’t sympathise with at all was Lord Ido, because he was just so repulsive and unethical. 

This is not to say that the plot of Eona is lacking – in fact, I found the plot compelling and well paced. There are a few obvious twists and reveals, but they are offset by some completely unpredictable and shocking ones. One of my main gripes with the plot is the way that Eona is treated after revealing herself to be a woman. People are frequently telling her that as a woman, she is too emotional or naive to make important decisions and her opinions aren’t valid because she doesn’t understand a man’s world.

Eona is an awesome book which I enjoyed reading and recommend for anyone who loves to lose themselves in masterful storytelling and riveting characters. 

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