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Eon Paperback – August 31, 2010
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-Eon is wonderful, with its whirlwind of gender exploration, imperial ambition, dragon lore and dissection of nature versus nurture.+ -Los Angeles Times
-Includes plenty of exciting sword fights and plot reversals, and the dragons themselves, which only mystics of Eon+s ability can see, are beautifully described.+ -New York Times
-This mesmerizing story begins where most novels end: in a tension-filled climactic event . . . A world so richly imagined that it feels real.+ -Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Alison Goodman (www.alisongoodman.com.au), in addition to the Eon/Eona duology, is also the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues, the adult science fiction thriller Killing the Rabbit, and most recently, The Dark Days Club, the first book in a new YA series. She lives with her husband and their hyperactive Jack Russell terrier in Australia.
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These books bring a lot to the table that isn’t usually seen in Young Adult fantasy; it’s a fantasy world based on Asian culture and history (and is accurately and respectfully done), as opposed to the ridiculously abundant European influenced fantasy. It has strong feminist themes and encourages the acceptance and embracing of female strength. There is an absolutely fantastic transgender character as well as the main character and another minor character are physically disabled. And while I do have one issue with the handling of the disabilities, for the most part, it’s excellently done and even questions some important issues in the modern world. These books are really just a boatload of well-done representation for race, gender, and the disabled, not to mention this is all paired with an excellent plot that balances magic, dragons, and Eona’s path to self-discovery and acceptance.
Not to mention, these books have some of the greatest side characters I’ve seen: the transgender Lady Dela, the islander eunuch Ryko, Prince Kygo of the Celestial Empire, Lord Ido, one truly charming and completely ass of an antagonist. They’re all excellent characters that really balance Eona and help her growth. Eona herself goes through a powerful and painful transformation, from being a boy because she wanted respect, to being a woman that commands respect. Watching Eona’s development is terribly satisfying and very empowering, especially as she deals with morality and her desire for power.
The writing is very well done, doing an excellent portrayal of ancient Asian culture and society in this novel, creating amazing characters, and handling magic, mystery, romance, and self-discovery all deftly in this duology. I highly recommend these two books for anyone looking for something different than the usual Young Adult (or Adult) fantasy, and a truly remarkable story.
Eon captured my attention fairly quickly and held it to the bitter end.
I finished the book today, having to leave it to go to work, I found myself wanting to know what happened in the last hundred pages.
There were several sections of this book that captivated me, and overall I liked the main character Eona, and her struggle to power.
This book could easily frustrate you, or bore you with details though, as it did for me. I found myself skipping large paragraphs of detail that I had no desire to read, as I was more interested in moving the story along than having a very long winded description of their location. There are several points in the story where the answers to the Eona's questions are so painfully obvious that you just have to put the book down and silently curse her naivete.
Though with that said, the supporting characters are great, the plot is very interesting, and there are several very tense moments, if you managed to get into the story as I did.
Overall, I am very happy with it and will continue on to the next book!
Sadly, it got frustrating as Eon's likable personality deteriorated. Rather than learning and growing, she seems to get more dense and delusional as the book progressed. Like others have said, I got frustrated with her to the point of wanting to smack some sense into her.
I struggled to finish reading the book and then wished I hadn't bothered. Such a shame as it gripped me and impressed me so much at the beginning. A real let down.