learning won’t be easy…

Eona – Alison Goodman

Dragon, magic, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, fiction.

Rating 10/10

After nearly escaping, Eona and others are on the run and must find a safe place to regroup and formulate a plan. One of the plans is to find Prince Kygo and take back the kingdom from Lord Sethlon. Eona is facing the loss of nearly all the Dragoneyes and the sadness all the other Dragons are feeling. She must set that feeling aside to figure out how to find the Prince first then later worry about how to use and wield her Dragoneye powers. As they travel, they learn of Eona’s immense power that is hardly controlled. She learns of her ancestry and connections to the Mirror Dragon. When they reached a small tavern, they make rest there. The next day, they find Kygo fighting men and it takes all Eona’s will to stop him from fighting. When he loses the murderous rage, he regains conscious and they all are grateful for his recovery from the madness. He begins to learn about Eona and appoints her as his advisor. Both Eona and Kygo together and one of the things that is needed to be taken care of is rescuing Lord Ido to help Eona be trained to master the dragons in the meantime. This means returning to the Palace. This becomes a rescue mission and what they did not expect that this would mean war. That they would have to fight for the Palace and for Prince Kygo to claim the throne that is rightfully his.

I had mentioned in my last blog, one I had done for Eon, that I had to go find this in the garage of my parents due to the wanting to read this duology. I had learned the term duology while researching terms for how to label a two-book series. Anyways, I loved this sequel because it had the fire and passion that was left as a cliff hanger in the previous book. Eona learning of her ancestry was a vital and important character development for this book. She discovers herself and how important she is to Prince Kygo. That drives her passion and will to fight. I love Eona because she is so strong willed and knows of her weaknesses but does not let that get in the way at all. This novel was so beautifully written and presented, just as the first one. I could not put this book down at all. I do recommend hunting this duology down and read them. I always am recommending novels and this one is no exception because I had read this once before and rereading this one put me through nostalgia once more.

the missing dragon returns ..

Eon – Alison Goodman

Dragon, magic, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Eon is training to become the new Rat Dragoneye. The only danger is that Eon is a girl named Eona disguised as a crippled boy. She can sense Dragon power and her only chance is to be disguised as a crippled boy. Unfortunately, women are not allowed the ability to wield Dragoneye powers. Once the ceremony begins, she tries her hardest to get accepted by the Rat Dragon. When she was not accepted by the Rat Dragon, she finds herself meeting and accepting the lost Mirror Dragon. No one has heard from the Mirror Dragon in centuries. She confides in Lady Dela of her situation, and Lady Dela tells her to follow what she finds right. Eon must continue the disguise even though her dragon is a female and requires female energy. Lord Ido plans to expose her truth and attempt to take over the kingdom that is rightfully is not his. It belongs to Prince Kygo, who Eona, sworn to his mother to protect and befriend Kygo. Kygo knows of this and made Eona swear only of mutual survival only and Eona agrees. When the King dies, chaos ensues, forcing all to scramble. Lord Ido nearly killed all the Dragoneyes for their power except for Eona. Lord Sethlon has overthrown the kingdom in the disappearance of Prince Kygo. Eona must make a life altering decision to fight for what is right and for her life.

I had read this book in middle school and loved this so much. This novel is underappreciated and does not seem to be noticed. It has a feeling of Mulan but with more magical lore that adds to the sense of danger that Eona faces. The discovery of finding out the missing dragon was a female one and the sense of female empowerment from that fuels Eona’s passion for fighting for the right is amazingly everything I could ever hope for in the novel or any novel in general. I had to go through my parents’ garage to find this hidden treasure to reread because it was hard to find, in my opinion, but I rather had my original copy I had. I really enjoyed this novel when I first read it and I enjoyed it more when I reread the novel just to get more familiar with the book a bit more because it had been years since I’ve read it. I do recommend the novel to all audiences, not just young adults.

Should’ve Been A Prequel To Jurassic Park

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton

Paleontologists, historical discoveries, science fiction, fiction, thrilling.

Rating: 8/10

Set in the year of 1876, William Johnson whom doesn’t wish to go touring of Europe wants to go with Paleontologist and Professor Marsh to the West to find fossils. After discussing with the professor to let him go, taking photography lessons, and convincing his family to let him go, William is ready to go West. Professor Marsh grows a bit suspicious of William, thinking that William is a spy that was employed by Edward Drinker Cope, Marsh’s was best friend into rival. Marsh abandons William behind because of paranoia. William comes across said “rival” and decides to go with him. This journey takes a turn for the worst.

I genuinely did enjoy this novel. Anything Michael Crichton writes is a masterpiece. However, I feel like this literature was a bit short and too quick paced. I prefer delayed gratification when it comes to thrilling science fiction. I feel as if maybe Crichton could’ve expanded this literature a bit more and go in depth. Otherwise it is phenomenal as Jurassic Park and The Lost World but sadly without the dinosaurs and playing with genetics. This feels as if this is a bridge to Jurassic Park since this is about strictly finding fossils and Jurassic Park explores the consequences of extracting DNA from amber to produce these extinct beings. Crichton should have mentioned like a familiar ancestor to John Hammond. I am not the author, but I feel like Crichton could have a lot of writing opportunities with this novel idea.