Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: April 19th 2011

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

“History does not care about the suffering of the individual. Only the outcome of their struggles.”

After shedding her fake male identity, Eona is now part of the resistance supporting the true emperor. Eona must find the emperor, Kygo, and help him regain his throne from his traitorous uncle Sethon. The task becomes even harder as Eona learns more about her past and her dragon. Things are not as simple as they seemed and no matter what she chooses something will have to be lost. There is always a price.

It was sad to see such wonderful characters handled so flatly. There was very little development, and any real development was simply dismissed or reversed. We have characters who are just evil down to their core and characters who are just good down to their core. Occasionally a good character will have a sudden burst of anger but Eona is the only character allowed to exist in shades of gray. However, even Eona has not changed, despite what the book clearly wants to believe.

Eona is the same, although made slightly less interesting with her major flaw healed. She is not anymore wise or compassionate by the end of the second book. She is still impulsive, incompetent and has to be propelled forward by other characters. She is only useful for her power, though several characters insist they value her intelligence it is never displayed. She gets by on her dragon’s strength and her special swords telling her exactly what to do.

In the previous novel the action made up for this. It’s alright for the protagonist to be flimsy when the book is mostly fighting, but for some reason Goodman thought a love triangle had a place here. Eon: Dragoneye reborn was fantastic partially because it left out romance, the inclusion definitely weakened this sequel. Eona is a husk; she doesn’t really have a firm character and just does whatever will move the story forward. Two men she barely knows fall for her and both relationships are poorly developed, especially the one she chooses. The love plot really bogs the book down.

Eona: The Last Dragoneye still has enough action to hold attention. The world is expanded from the previous book and Goodman continues to craft it carefully. It’s a beautiful world with lore and most of the characters who populate it are interesting even if they never develop much. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn showcased so much potential. The sequel should have been woven into a unique and beautiful story, but instead it just feels alright.

It’s a fantastic premise and plot, but it’s kept from greatness by it’s bland protagonist and weak romances.

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Read this if you’re a fan of: Throne of Glass

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