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(Eon #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  36,688 ratings  ·  2,515 reviews
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 destruc
Paperback, 637 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Firebird (first published April 19th 2011)
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Daniella In my opinion I think it is, as it got straight to the point. But I guess that's expected in every book, because you have to introduce the characters …moreIn my opinion I think it is, as it got straight to the point. But I guess that's expected in every book, because you have to introduce the characters and setting sometime.(less)
Ark of Books It depends on the world “good”. There is romance, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a very elaborated one and a very original one. There will be a love tri…moreIt depends on the world “good”. There is romance, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a very elaborated one and a very original one. There will be a love triangle and the obvious one, but it didn’t bother me, because it solidly shaped the plot line and the reasons why the characters did those things. I personnaly really enjoyed the romance!(less)

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Emily May
Before you can decide whether this book is your cup of tea, the first thing you need to ask yourself is what you look for in a book, what makes something a good read for you. For me, Eona ticked every single box. It was complex, well-written, and more than just your typical fantasy: it was about power, being a woman in a man's world, and what lengths it is right to go to in order to defend an empire, your loved ones, and yourself.

So, do you like books with:

Fantastic worldbuilding
Sick of books th
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy enthusiasts
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If you liked Eon: Dragoneye Reborn and your eyes didn't glaze over every time you read about Eona uniting with her dragon, easing into her mind-sight, channeling her Hua and so forth, I don't see any reason for you to dislike this novel. I really don't.

I feel like every issue I had with the 1st book of this duology was successfully fixed or improved upon in this sequel.

Eona, unlike its predecessor, has no info-dumping. Instead, it is a quest-type adventure in which Eon
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"You have seen Lady Eona’s power and resolve," he said harshly. "Be thankful that you have also witnessed her compassion and restraint."
I'm sure I'm not the only one who cheered after reading that.

I gave up on Eon: Dragoneye Reborn when I first attempted to read it because the beginning moved like molasses. I just wanted some action already, geez. Well, I got what I wanted in this book, a bit too much of it at times. Eona was nonstop action from the first page. This is not one of those series wh
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
I was so hopeful and the beginning was such a tease.
"A wise man once wrote: In war, truth is the first casualty."

Brilliant, intriguing, foreshadowing. I was pumped, i was so ready for a dragon novel with wizards, war, emperors, and some kicking some sexist-warlord ass.

I didn't really get it... ಠ_ಠ

It felt like no one really knew what was happening at any point or time. Like not even our main character !! despite being the chief advisor, Eona wasn't included on any major decisions within th
Three stars, but barely.

It is hard for me to hide my disappointment after reading this second installment of the Eon Duology. After so many reviews signing its praise, my expectations had soared high and I feel let down now.

I do love Alison Goodman's writing, her skill in creating atmosphere, making Eona a lush and sensual reading experience. Nevertheless, especially the second half of the book was a let down character-wise. I am sad to say that I lost my respect and admiration for Eona. Full o
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, owned
I'm not even done reading, and I already love this book!


How do I even begin with this review? *sigh* I guess it's time to bring my feelings out and "spill the beans" but I warn you, it will be a huge, jumbled up mess of emotion.

That was basically me throughout the whole book.

Okay, here we go.

I loved this book. But I hated it at the same time. At some parts, I would be cheering on the characters and at others, I would be rolling all over the place, screaming at the pages because I thought what was going on was crazy.

Yup, me.

I hate that I l
Wendy Darling
How often does the sequel outdo its predecessor? Not often at all. EPICALLY good, in a way that kept me up late at night.

Review to come.

cEe beE
What the hell happened? I LOVED the first book and I absolutely HATE the sequel.

In the first installment, Eon was a crippled girl disguised as a boy struggling with identity while navigating the treacherous world of court politics. As Eona, she becomes an insecure and highly distrustful young woman caught in a control/power struggle [masquarading as a 'love' triangle] between two powerful men, the new emperor Kygo and the manipulative Ido. Meanwhile, they are being pursued by the vast army of w
Maggie ☘
“Men were always quick to believe in the madness of women.”

Eona, the second and last instalment of Alison Goodman's duology very much exceeded my already high expectations. The ending left me shocked and breathless, sad but with a smile on my face.. If you loved her first novel Eon, you must read this book as well, because it's even better!

"You have seen Lady Eona’s power and resolve," he said harshly. "Be thankful that you have also witnessed her compassion and restraint."

Alison Goodman
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book in this series, Eon, and the series ended okay, but MAN OH MAN did I want to throw this book across the room so many times! It was SO FRUSTRATING.

The bad guy from the last book who mercilessly killed and tortured her friends and tried to rape her is all of a sudden a love interest. All of a sudden he is just so HANDSOME that she can't resist him. And even though Eona has been a capable, strong character she is ready to let herself be manipulated because he's just so good
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Mayim de Vries
Not only did I love Eon, also the majority of my personal Board of Reviewers were in agreement that the sequel is even better than its predecessor. As you see, it was not the case of high expectations, it was a case of high certainty that I am in for a real treat. Alas, as they say, nobody expected Spanish Inquisition. By the 200th page, I have changed into the grand Torquemada myself.

While I still admired the amazing world-building (so far I have only encountered something similar in Brian Stav
A couple of my favorite things to read about in fantasy (and UF, pnr, etc.) is:

When a bad guy -- a legit bad guy -- is written in a way that makes me hate him, but yet I’m also intrigued and charmed by him. It’s not an easy thing to do.

AND (and this is even harder to do), when he is written as a real, viable love interest.

And yes, I KNOW this particular guy has done some really fucked up things (I mean, come on, I did say legit bad guy, didn’t I?) but I’ve come up with a rationalization for all
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well if anything this book is even better than book one! 637 pages of sitting on the edge of my seat fearing what might happen next. There was even a tolerable love triangle and I had no idea which way that was going to go.
Full marks for the world building, the characters, the tension and the great story. A gold star for the dragons, twelve beautiful, glorious dragons with amazing talents. And a bonus point for the great ending which tied up all the loose ends and still managed to surprise me.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After trying (and failing) to write a review for this novel for the past two months, I think it's time for me to just step back and admit that sometimes it really isn't possible to write down my thoughts for certain novels. From looking at the reviews my friends have written for this, ranging from lists to quick short sentences, it's evident that it seems to be a universal malady.

Nevertheless, Eona is a novel that deserves a review. As the sequel to Eon, a novel rich in its exploration of Asian
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I apologize in advance: the romantic sap in me is showing in this one (or maybe it's just the sap that's showing.) Don’t judge me after all my admissions, I do so freely but still cringe at what I have to say: Yes, I was sheep-like in my reading choices when I first with YA. Yes, my fan girlyness was easily roused. And YES, my love for YA all started with a certain sparkly vamp. But I have changed, my tastes, I hope, have evolved, so my love for Eona and the triangle in it could be characterized ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who've read Eon
Shelves: fiction, ya, fantasy, romance
Disappointing after the sweeping epic that was Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. I would have rated it lower, but I figured I wasn't being fair. My expectations were high after Eon, which was an extremely unique entry into the bloated YA fantasy/supernatural genre -- featuring dragons, Eastern influences, and subversive gender issues.

Eona concludes the story started in Eon. Goodman's prose and plot are rushed; I felt that the events would have been better spread out over two novels to make the saga a trilo
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Mini review:

Minor spoilers!

Book 1 for Tome Topple Readathon challenge: Read a tome that is apart of a series.


Trigger warning: Mention of rape, misgendering a trans female, and mention of disability cured via magic.

I was so excited to read this! Eon left off on a huge cliffhanger and I so wanted answers! Tome topple gave me the perfect chance to dive back into this series. Unfortunately I didn't like it.

Lots of things started to erk me in the beginning. Particularly when Eona mentions how 'fre
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars

How do I know that I wasn’t as captivated by this book as the first one? Because I was listening to the audiobook while brushing my teeth (thanks to adult orthodontia, it’s now a 15 minute process), and when I was done, I calmly put down my mp3 player while one of the main characters was dying, and the ultimate endgame was just getting started. Then I went downstairs and watched three episodes of the so far pretty mediocre last season of Ugly Betty. Wilhelmina’s catty antics and Grant
May 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I really didn't like this book. I had been long looking forward to it, because lately I've been in the dumps about literature, and I liked the first one a lot, but instead it left me in a state of book depression for at least a few days- I couldn't think of anything or stop making refeances to the things that I didn't like. I couldn't stand the characters. As another reviewee put it, everyone but Eona was strong. And that sucked, because the actual plot was really good. But I couldn't ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The cover:

Is it just me, or is that girl NOT Asian? Yeah. Huh. Her expression also looks like one of those role-playing games, like the character was made in World of Warcraft or whatever. The pose is very nice -- the blade looks sufficiently dangerous -- but I can't tell at all what the background image is supposed to be.

The book:

A disappointing follow-up to Eon (2008), the opening begins with a display of dragon power and a hint about the fate of Lord Ido in Sethon's hands. After the first cha
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. Mind = shot to hell and back. Eona is everything I expected to be and more. One of the best books I’ve read this year, no joke.

I could not stop reading, it was a fast paced action-packed blur that had twists and turns I wasn’t expecting and character developments that I swallowed up. The relationships in this book were fabulous, tension-filled, and had unresolved sexual tension just dripping off the pages. I loved all of it. Instead of that slow burn the first book had that took a whi
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
“In the end, power is always used to gain more power. That is the nature of the beast.”

I really should have DNFed this. I kept reading with the hope that it would get better… but it never did and the result was me struggling through a nearly 700-page book for months.

The plot dragged sooo much. It literally took around 300 pages just to rescue Ido before he could start training Eona. And the whole time I was thinking, Couldn't this have been shortened? The last half had more going on, but was
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excuse me I did not ask to experience the ending of Ruin and Rising all over again
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you, like me, loved Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, you can't possibly miss this sequel in which the epic story of The Empire of Celestial Dragons comes to a conclusion. - and YES! only two books, isn't it one more reason to read them?
On the GR synopsis up there it says this is a standalone but don't believe that, you can't possibly enjoy this book without all the background information from Eon.

I enjoyed this much more than the first one, many of the things that stressed me out in Eon were already t
Oh, man. This was agony. It ended really well, but the process of getting there was SO STRESSFUL.

Most of the way through this book, I wasn't sure where it was going, or what the point of it all was, but at the end it all came together, and the reasoning behind all the other stuff that had happened became clear. I know if I went back and re-read this now, I would feel much differently about it.

Eon (sometimes subtitled Dragoneye Reborn or Rise of the Dragoneye) was all about Eona learning to acce
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This was as good as the first book and perhaps a little better. It had the mythology that I loved so much about the first book, but more adventure and romance, which were two things I mentioned in my review of Eon that I wished there had been more of. There was so much adventure, and absolutely no court intrigue in this one. Almost the entire book dealt with the dragons' power, Eona trying to understand it, and finding a way to use
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Err... As per book one in this series, I am ashamed to say I neglected writing this review for too long and am now at a loss as to the details. The drop in the rating is because I did not enjoy this one as much as it's predecessor. It was nice, but just never ascended from that level. I cannot quite place my finger on the reason, but nevertheless it didn't work out as well.

Maybe because they main character's name changed? ;) Pfft. Who knows.

Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
“This is not destiny,” I spat. “This is ambition made from betrayal and murder. Do not dress your atrocities in the garb of the gods.”
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

After escaping Sethon and his army, Eona commits to helping Prince Kygo reclaim his throne. To have any chance of defeating Sethon and his army, Eona must free her once enemy, Lord Ido, so he can train her to use her Dragoneye powers.

-The story flowed a lot better than the first book, the writing and pacing felt more natural as there wasn't as much unnecessary detail or overly long inner monologues. The plot was pretty gripping for the most part, there were quite a few unexpected twists
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Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology. Her latest novel --The Dark Days Club-- is Book 1 in a new trilogy, and will be published in the USA and UK in January 2016, and December 2015 in Australia. It has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly as "a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy". Alison calls it "Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy in E ...more

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