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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eona by Alison Goodman

Title: Eona
Author: Alison Goodman
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 637
My Rating: 5/5

Eona is running from the High Lord Sethon's armies. He wishes to obtain the power of the twelve dragons and become the ultimate ruler of the land. Trying to escape from the enemies, Eona struggles with the politics, dragon power, and love. She must figure out what she must do, before the land falls into ruins.

I'm going to admit, this review is about three years overdue. I started reading Eona back in 2011, which was when I slowly stopped reviewing as often. Considering the size of the novel, I wasn't very enthused to pick it up as frequently. Therefore, I picked it up once in awhile within the past three years and maybe read a chapter or two. However, this past couple of weeks I decided to try and finish the novel once and for all.

Goodman has an excellent style of writing that creates memorable stories. Even when I forgot what had happened, whenever I read the novel again months after, I am quickly reminded within a few pages. The language of the world is also unique, which I would like to described as flowery. Once you start reading, you get sucked into the world. Fast. All the characters served their purpose in the novel and helped the protagonist develop personally and physically. While the first novel focused on Eona coming out as the Mirror Dragoneye, the second novel focused on Eona's role in the war and the dragons.

I think it is a great sequel and one of a few series I would love to see as a movie or TV series. The world is just so colourful and intricate that you want it to come to life. I really do recommend this novel if you enjoy fantasy novels. If you have read Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, you would enjoy Eon and Eona as well. Both volumes are lengthy but definitely engaging.

Review copy provided by Penguin Canada.
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