Thursday, August 4, 2011

Eon: The Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

        
Eon: The Dragoneye Reborn
(Eon #1)
by Alison Goodman


Summary from Goodreads:

"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."




Ratings:


An incredible fantasy book! What an adventure! 

This book tackled on a lot of issues that are commonly talked about in our everyday lives: politics, greed, prejudices, and survival. I love how Goodman has created a world that, despite being solely made for the book itself, we could relate to with the problems we have in real life. 

I also like the Asian atmosphere of the setting and the descriptions of the places were so vivid that I wanted to experience seeing it in the flesh. Although, I will admit that there are terms in this book that I didn’t know and I found myself flipping a dictionary to find its meaning. 

Eon or Eona, the protagonist, is kind of annoying. There are times that she seems to be very smart and yet there are moments that she doesn’t have a clue on what to do when it’s obviously easy to be done. I guess there are valid conclusions to her ability, or at this instance, inability to comprehend the matter. She’s been through tough times so I guess I couldn’t blame her since she’s probably jaded. 

Most of the chapters may be a bit of a drag to others because it’s mostly focused on Eon’s life in the palace and learning her role as a Dragoneye, but I didn’t feel the boredom because each chapter gave me something new to look forward to. There are parts that seem to give you a piece of a puzzle that you’ll hope to get another with the next chapter to come, so I really enjoyed that Goodman didn’t leave me hanging on for so long just to find everything pouring out at one final chapter. 

I do wish to have seen a bit more romance to Eon’s life but overall I find this as a really exhilarating experience and I strongly recommend this book to fantasy-loving bookworms out there. 

May I also say that with how this book ended I’m really looking forward to the sequel!

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