Eon by Alison Goodman

Eona is a young girl posing as a boy called Eon in order to become a Dragoneye, a pairing between human and one of the 12 dragons that keeps the Empire of the Celestial Dragons prosperous and safe.  If Eona is discovered as a girl, it will mean her life, forcing Eona to deny her Moon (female) energy and enhance the Sun (male) energy that is Eon.

Eon is a crippled boy who is Moon Shadow (an eunuch), and is thought to be bad luck.  Facing the threat of failure, and a return to the salt mines that his Master found him, Eon desperately works to overcome his Moon self in order to become the next Rat Dragon apprentice.  For while his body is not strong, his magic is.  Eon is the only one who can see all the dragons except the one that has been lost for 500 years.  The Mirror Dragon.

During the selection ceremony, Eon fails to capture the Rat Dragon’s favour, but Eona reawakens the lost Mirror Dragon.  However, it is only if Eona is able to reawaken herself within Eon that she will truly become the Mirror Dragon apprentice.  And time is running out.

A cleverly crafted YA novel, Eon is a great story of discovering and being true to oneself.  Alison Goodman’s writing is cohesive, allowing the reader to flow through the story.  While the theme is familiar for the genre, Alison Goodman manages to make it interesting.  I found it quite similar to Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lioness series with Eona mirroring Alanna.  Fans of Tamora Pierce will probably enjoy this read-alike.   I was a bit worried that it would contain too many emotional scenes that boys typically tend to shy away from, but my worries were for nothing!  Alison Goodman gives us a good balance between adventure and emotion.  ( It will be interesting to see how it is received by the boys at the school.  Perhaps I can get Tamora Pierce’s books in here as well!)

Other Important But Boring Info!

Reading Time: 2 – 5 hours.  For more advanced readers this book will be a cinch to get through in 2 hours (or less!), but for younger readers it may take longer than even the 5 hours.

Rating: 4/5 – lost a point on originality.

Re-Readability: 3/5 – The story is quite simple and doesn’t really require a re-read in order to remember what it was about.  As well, I think if I tried to re-read it, I would find myself flipping through sections which (at least for me) is a huge sign that I’m not into the story at all.

Price:  Chapters- $12.50/ Kobo- $8.79/ Kindle- $8.92 USD

Note: The second book in the series, Eona, will be coming out in April 2011.  Amazon is currently taking pre-orders.



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