Book Review: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

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Title: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon #1)
Author: Alison Goodman
Origins: My Local Library
Summary: [from GoodReads] Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragon-eye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon’s affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon’s desperate lie comes to light, readers won’t be able to stop turning the pages…

My Review: Another High Fantasy YA! I’m loving this new(ish) trend!

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for dragons. They are and always have been my favorite mythological beast. (When asked the quintessential “Zombies vs. Unicorns” question, the answer is always Dragons – they can burn the Zombies up before they eat you and their blood, when freely given, is much more magical than Unicorn blood/horns) These dragons have a distinctly oriental feel to them. They follow the Chinese/Japanese zodiac – which I admit I mostly know only through Fruits Basket – and each dragon has certain qualities based on their sign. I found the entire mythology of the dragons extremely intricate, interestingly exotic and just plain fun!

Though the basic plotline – girl pretends to be boy to get what she wants – has been done a million times, never has it been done so drastically. Besides that, this classic plot has never had such significant twists and turns based on the simple gender issue. The book raises many questions about the way women and men are viewed stereotypically, both in feudal societies and now. And, like the best novels, it gives no hard and fast answers but allows you to find them yourself.

A word to the wise – if you’re not used to the large fantasy tomes like I am, this book may seem a little daunting. Don’t worry. Despite it’s length, I flew through it at nearly twice my normal pace. It is a thoroughly enjoyable book with a good moral and it comes with my highest recommendation.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn”

  1. Kate says:

    I don't think I've read much high fantasy (unless Narnia counts, because I've read all of those books) but I love the idea of constructing a whole new, magical world.

    I'm glad you liked this one because it sounds really good. At first I thought this one was going to be a play on Mulan but clearly, it's not. Sounds like a good one. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a copy :)

  2. Anne says:

    Narnia definitely counts! It is on the border though because it takes place partly in the real world. True high fantasy is like Lord of the Rings – something where there's a completely new world built, not even related to the real world (beyond the unavoidable of course).

    You should definitely find yourself a copy of this one =) it's good!

  3. Renu says:

    I'm on the same boat as Kate. I haven't read that many high fantasy book before, but this defintly does sounds intriguing. Will definitely have to check it out! :)

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