Eona: the Last Dragoneye

7992995by Alison Goodman
YA Fantasy
4 of 5 stars
Book 2 of a duology

This is an intense follow up to the first book! It provoked so many emotions in me that it was hard to read at times.

With her true identity exposed and the country torn apart by civil war, Eona must master her power or risk the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.

As with the first book, there’s a lot of political intrigue and secrets. I felt like this time it was not solely based on characters refusing to talk to each other though, so I enjoyed it more. Eona evolves so much as a character here–I loved her unquestionably in the first book, and in this one she made so many decisions that angered me–yet I could see her reasoning. As she made deals for knowledge and power I kept feeling a love-hate relationship with her and it was such an interesting read. Especially since I felt many of her choices that upset me at first wouldn’t have upset me if a male character had made them. The double-standard of women and men in power is examined a lot as a side theme, and it’s eye-opening.

Along with that, Eona faces the struggle of being a woman in a man’s world. Aside from relearning how to dress and carry herself as a woman, the disparity of power between the genders impedes her. She is expected to speak, walk, think, reason differently as a woman, court protocol continually reinforces her inferior rank, and her closest friends make her re-earn their respect. There is so much here any woman can identify with from personal experiences.

As with the previous book, the side characters Ryko and Lady Dela continued to endear themselves to me–which helped when I was frustrated with Eona. They’re interesting foils to Eona since they both have immovable convictions, whereas Eona is learning what her moral and ethical boundaries are. Lord Ido also has a larger role in this book, and he is just a fun character to analyze, love him or hate him. He keeps you on your toes!

There’s a lot more action in this book, and we learn a lot more about the dragons, their history, and their powers. Everything tied together so well, yet in such a surprising way!

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