Eona: Power Corrupts and Makes Me Hate the Protaganist

Cover Art (Australia)

Eona is the 2011 sequel to Eon, which I reviewed on Tuesday. Like Eon, it also goes by two other names: Eona: Return of the Dragoneye and The Necklace of the Gods, depending on what country in which it was published.

This post will contain minor spoilers for Eon.

Genre: Fantasy

Summary/Blurb:

“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 to bond with the 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 force that destroys 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. Sethon has declared himself Emperor. In order to stop him, the renegades must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne.”

Cover Art (USA)

            ~Inside Flap

Passages/Quotes:

“Taking a deep breath, I drew on my Hua, using the pulsing life force to focus my mind-sight into the energy world. There was a sudden shift in my vision, as though I had lurched forward. The room shimmered into the landscape of power that only a Dragoneye could see, swirling in intricate patterns of rainbow colors. Silvery Hua pumped through the transparent energy bodies of my friends and around the room, the flow irresistibly drawn east to the huge power presence of the red Mirror Dragon, and returning in abundance from the great beast.”

            ~Goodman 21

Warnings: War/violence, lust/desire, and a controversial (to some) character.

Recommended Age Range: 16+

Rating: 2/5

What I Liked:

Goodman’s magic system is really quite brilliant. A new aspect was added in Eona that wasn’t in Eon and it made for some nice ethical dilemmas for the characters. The magical “fight” scenes were some of my favorite parts of the book.

Cover Art (UK)

What I Didn’t Like:

I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Eon. While Goodman displayed the old adage of “power corrupts” quite thoroughly, it was just too much for me. Eona makes stupid decisions and trusts her friends too little and Ido too much, and this continues throughout too much of the book. Eona doesn’t seem to learn anything at all.

The love triangle featured in the book was not necessary. Love triangles are already becoming too cliché, and this one just didn’t make any sense at all. True, it sort of represented Eona’s own internal struggle between desire/power and love/no power, but it also just showed off her obtuseness.

Goodman overused the words “cinnamon” and “sweet vanilla orange.”

This wasn’t a problem with the book, per se, but the copy I read had the last 3 pages ripped out. This was how it ended (with any names removed so as to avoid spoilers): “I felt ____’s body tense against mine, the wheeze of his breath hardening into a harsh rasp. I knew that sound: the” (Goodman 634). The what?

Cover Art (UK 2)

Overall Review:

            Eona doesn’t live up to its prequel, Eon. While worth reading in order to complete the plot, the main character’s decisions and attitude may be frustrating to some readers. The love triangle aspect is overdone and ill-used. Finishing this book might be more dissatisfying than it is worth.

Coming Up Next: Willow by Julia Hoban

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