Eona, by Alison Goodman
No longer living her life in disguise as the boy Eon, Eona is now the Mirror Dragoneye and first of her kind in over a hundred years. On the run and in hiding from Lord Sethon, Eona and the remaining resistance must fight to put the rightful heir, Emperor Kygo, on the throne. Eona is still recovering from the aftermath of the slaughter of the former Dragoneyes at Lord Ido’s hand, now she must deal with her unstable power, and find the black folio before Lord Sethon does. Whoever reaches the missing black folio first will be able to wield an incredible power.
This breathtaking sequel to Eon is an impressive epic fantasy geared towards teens on up. Goodman’s incredibly detailed world of magic and dragons has a rich historical lore as well. The characters, especially that of Eona, are vivid and complex. Despite the abundance of action and excitement, the well-developed characters and their interactions were the highlight of this dramatic saga.
The intrigue, mystery, adventure, and romance are more than enough to keep readers absorbed in its impressive six hundred plus pages. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to recall the events in Eon, as it has been well over 2 years since I read it. But enough backstory was given to refresh my memory of the previous events, and Eona succeeds as a strong tale on its own. The conclusion of this finely-woven tale was surprising and completely satisfying. Fantasy fans should not miss this extraordinary two-part saga.