EON - In a world where women are basically dirt, where crippled people are bad luck, and where slavery, superstition, and violence abound, one crippled slave chick disguised as a boy is trying to gain a really dangerous, literally life-sucking position of power as a dragon conduit.
When things backfire, and then thrust forward full speed, Eon must fret and pout and snap and bluff his/her way through political intrigue and stuff, all the while being a total moron about the really obvious answer to his/her problem. Whoops, lots of death happened! On to the next book!
EONA - More death! More pouting! More fretting! More lying! More danger! More dragons! Oh look, we're almost at chapter 3.
Now that the crap has hit the fan, things are worse than ever for Eona, who finally figured out what she needed to do after being told point-blank by another character who is a zillion times smarter than our heroine. Now Eona gets to have her mind slowwwly twisted by a lust for power, encouraged by the smarmy a-hole who tried to rape her TWICE.
Oh look, an uncomfortable love story with the emperor, filled with more lies and deceit and fear and anger.
But! A shocking turn at the end, and a climax that keeps building, will thrill you, and leave you wondering, "So...how many people died over the course of these two books? And what's gonna happen with those two friends, and that relation? Will those other two get married? Will the land still be a basically terrifying and oppressive place to live? Why did the author have to kill that one particular person?"
Eon/a - OH. MY. GAWSH. JUST GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF! YOU KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND IF YOU DON'T, THEN YOU'RE A FREAKING IDIOT! but seriously now. You really root for this chick at first. Then you want to slap her, frequently, and with force.
Ryko - Really cool dude, but needs to lay off on the whole "omg you hurt my pride, pride is all I have, let me die with honor," type thing that he does a lot.
Dela - Like the awesomest character, in my opinion. And not enough screen time, also in my opinion.
Kygo - Too much birthright, but a pretty good guy, considering.
Others - a lot of people come and go AND DIE THERE'S LOTS OF DEATH HERE YESSIREE not nearly on a Game of Thrones level, but still. Death abounds.
The worldbuilding is absolutely marvelous, it will totally draw you in, even if the world itself makes you quite uncomfortable sometimes.