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Grade 8 Up—In this Asian-inspired fantasy world, political power belongs to the emperor, but also to the Dragoneyes: men who harness the power of the 12 energy dragons named for animals from the Chinese zodiac. Each year, a new one comes to power, and the dragon itself chooses a new apprentice from a pool of 12-year-old boys. Physically lame Eon is thought least likely to be chosen and also has a secret: Eon is truly Eona, a 16-year-old girl. At the ceremony, the Rat Dragon chooses fellow trainee Dillon for the role of apprentice. Eon thinks that all is lost until she sees a dragon no one has seen in 400 years: the Dragon Dragon—also known as the Mirror Dragon. The Mirror Dragon chooses Eon as an apprentice, and because there is no current Mirror Dragoneye, she must serve on the Dragoneye Council herself. She is thus plunged into the dangerous world of the court, which is sharply divided between the emperor and ruthless Lord Ido, the powerful Rat Dragoneye. Fans of Tamora Pierce will appreciate both the strong female protagonist and the cast of shrewd misfits who support her. Although the pace is initially slow, patient readers will be rewarded with high-stakes action in a well-crafted fantasy universe. A second volume will follow, but this one has an ending satisfying enough that readers will not feel cheated.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library
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Since J. K. Rowling's ascendance to the throne of young-adult fantasy (and the recent challenge to the throne waged by Stephanie Meyer and her Twilight series), the genre has made significant inroads into mainstream fiction. In Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, first published in Australia, Alison Goodman takes advantage of that interest, crafting a tale full of the elements that have become familiar to readers -- and a few that haven't, particularly her clever take on gender and identity. Goodman is a fine storyteller, turning what could have been boilerplate fantasy into something engaging and important. Only one critic commented on a lack of tension. Eon will appeal to both adolescents and adults, and readers of both types will certainly clamor for the planned sequel.Copyright 2009 Bookmarks Publishing LLCSee all Editorial Reviews
This book was okay. The story was interesting, but I felt that the delivery of the story was a bit boring. Also, I wasn't really surprised by any of the happenings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reading with Cupcakes
Basically I liked the book but was agitated by how long it took for the main character to figure out why she couldn't use her powers when to me it was so obvious from the begging. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Guzman
The plot in this game is so wonderful! The best thing about it is the development of the characters and how well you connect with them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jose M Gonzalez Orellana
I loved this book. It kept me up way too late on many nights. It's satisfyingly long and, at the end, I was delighted to know there was another one so I could keep living in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer DZ
The book was really good, kept you guessing on what would happen next. One of the major problems I had with this book is that whoever edited this book, did not pay attention to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Molly Salyers
I loved the book. I purchased this for my friend who had her birthday at the time and she has loved this book so so so so much and i read it before giving it to her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marshall
This is a wonderful book. I began reading it years ago and I finally picked it back up. It's always been embedded into my brain, and I'm so glad I re-read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beth Cranford
This was a complex and an interesting book. Dragons and magic...what's not to love?
The story is really about (Eona) Eon, a 16 yr old girl masquerading as a 12 yr old... Read more
I couldn't put this book down. Every chapter was better then the one before. I was immersed in a beautiful yet dangerous land filled with interesting and powerful characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellen Cohan