Eon: The Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Lots of adventure, good details, and interesting characters…just not what I was expecting. Spoilers ahead.
Publisher’s Description: Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he’s been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. 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 twelve-year-old boy. 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
I enjoyed it but I really didn’t become interested until readers met certain characters like Prince Kygo. The intrigue got better when the master is killed, which is a little more than halfway through the book. There’s a lot of setup and details, so I feel like some of the interest gets stuck in certain points. It’s almost overly detailed but at least you’re getting a clear picture of what’s going on.
I like that Eon(a) is crippled both physically and emotionally. Her scarred hip tests her strength and skill, while everyone else, including Eona, strains against her true identity. In this world, women have little power and authority. This makes me love the Contraire, Lady Dela, and her gossiping nature all the more. I am eager to see more of her in the sequel.
The only thing I was truly disappointed in was the lack of magical scenes. There are a few, when the moment is right, but for having so much power, Eona doesn’t seem like much of a…mage? I found some of the magic use confusing. For being a book based on dragon magic, I guess I was just expecting more. Perhaps that will come in later and perhaps we shall find out more about why the Mirror Dragon stopped existing.
If you’re interested in reading a very long book with an Asian flair, filled with swordplay and secrets, this one is for you.
If you like this book…