Eona: Book Review

Jun 18, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Teens

by Zachariah Zendejas

In the stunning conclusion to her novel Eon, Alison Goodman weaves a fantastic and harrowing tale of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery, and salvation for an empire that is teetering at the edge of destruction.

Eona, the concluding novel to Eon, begins with our heroine, less than a week after the previous novel ended, attempting to reach the spirit dragons after their masters, or Dragoneyes, were killed by the Dragoneye Lord Ido. Eona (who had posed as a boy named Eon in order to be a Dragoneye’s apprentice) and Lord Ido are the remaining Dragoneyes, both having dragons that represent an animal from the Chinese zodiac.

However, the ten dragons that lost their masters are filled with grief, making it dangerous for Eona to try and connect with them. However, these grieving dragons are only a small part of her worries; after fleeing the palace in Eon from High Lord Sethon, who has seized power from the rightful heir Kygo, the Pearl Emperor, Eona must find the young emperor who had narrowly escaped his uncle Sethon’s grasp, and rally together a resistance group bound and determined to defeat Sethon and bow to Kygo.

In this violent world, Eona must find a way to conquer her past, control her powers, and save her world from the power of Sethon and the grieving dragons who are neglecting their duties of controlling the weather and nature, allowing the land to either be torn apart by raging floods and winds, or baked away by scorching heat. It will not be easy, though, with no one to teach her how to control her power – except the treacherous Lord Ido. With so much on the line, Eona doesn’t know who she can trust or who will save her.
With twists and turns, Goodman creates a tale rich with detail and characters as damaged and complex that they seem almost real. Goodman writes in such a way that the reader is as conflicted as the characters are, and finds a way to stir real emotion within the reader.

From the fight scenes, which are detailed with a vividness that can keep a person on edge, to interactions between love-interests that can make you light-hearted, or fill you with trepidation. Goodman also has this uncanny ability to end each chapter with a cliffhanger-like quality that pushes you to read just a little bit more.

With such an intense and thrilling conclusion to the widely acclaimed Eon, Eona will hold your attention, as well as your breath, to the very end, and with Goodman’s brilliant crafting, it will be difficult to find a disappointed reader.

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Zachariah Zendejas is 20 years old and attends Reedley College full-time working toward a degree in English. He is an aspiring writer who hopes to do some freelance work for magazines or newspapers.


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