Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Date Published: December 26th 2008
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Length: 531 (hardcover)
Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)
Swordplay, dragon magic–and a hero with a desperate secret.
Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.
When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.
Now…ON TO THE REVIEW!
This was a very interesting book to say the least.The main character, Eon, or who is later known as Eona is thrust into the middle of the dangerous world of wealth status, and of course, the politics that come with it. Adding on to that, Eon (I’m going to refer to him as Eon, as that is what he identifies with for most of the story) has recently been given the power of the mighty dragons and has to keep his secret – that he is actually a 16-year old girl instead of a 12-year old boy.
Going in to this book, it was a little bit slow. For the first half of the story, I almost felt bored because of this. This is probably due to the fact that there was quite a bit of world building, and I have to say, I LOVE the world that it is set in. The writing itself was rather descriptive, probably another reason for the slow start.
Going back to the world building, all I can say is ‘wow!’ It is not often that YA books use an Eastern/Asian inspired fantasy world, and it was very refreshing to read about it and learn about it. But what made this world unique was the people and the culture of this world – how gender wasn’t really one or the other. Lady Dela a contraire, and Moon Shadows are examples of this, and how the influence of the Sun and Moon affect this. Also I loved the new take on dragons, and how they, along with their dragoneyes protect the land and the bond between them.
The characters were different to those typical of YA books. There was no romance in this novel, which is understandable, as it’s hard to have a romantic interest when everyone sees you as a boy. Another thing is that we don’t see that many significant characters and those that were, were complex and all had their own stories that made me understand them in a way. My favourite character would have to be Lady Dela. She, being a contraire has experienced troubles and has been shunned because of her twin-souled nature. Her along with Ryko provide the very kind of support that Eon needed throughout the book, as he is always trying to hide any bit of femininity he has left. However she is not the only character like this, and I consider this book to be very diverse. Eon himself, was at times an aggravating character. He was quite closed off and self-doubting, it did not help that he was weighed down by the standards of the other dragoneyes, which he was determined to live up to which actually hindered him from becoming the dragoneye he strived to be (if that makes sense).
The last hundred pages or so were full of action, and I spent the night under my covers finishing it, as I couldn’t pull away from it. The plot became deeper and more three-dimensional and I can’t wait to see how it ends. The better part of the plot though (I think) is going to come up in the next book and I need to know how it is going to pan out.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I did not however love it, as at times i was frustrated at it. The world that Alison Goodman created was beautiful and it was obvious a lot of research went into it. It had a lot of diversity despite the patriarchal nature of the society. I would have however liked to see more of the dragons in the next book as we didn’t see much of them in this one due to Eon’s problem..I am anxious to see what happens in the next book – so be sure to have it on hand when you’re reading this one. I also want to know more about Kinra and the Mirror Dragon, you’ll know what I mean when you read the book..
I rate it 3.5 out of 5.