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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 26, 2008
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The dragon culture of the novel permeates throughout, but only for the masculine ...that is until Eon (actually a teenage girl known secretively as Eona) fights her way into the fire-breathing realm. Mystical and not-just-a-bit enchanting, Eon is an interesting read that plunges the reader deeper and deeper into this nearly fairytale land. Author Alison Goodman (a woman writing in a sword and sorcery action novel?!) is to be commended for her ability to keep the reader engrossed in the story, especially as Eon/Eona falls and falls and falls, giving us a sense of dread that keeps getting upped as the novel progresses.
Death is ever-present in the story, too, as favorite characters get poisoned, beheaded or run-through with sharp blades. The main antagonist is a deeply disturbed dragon master named Ido who's lust for power might hold the key to Eon's life and his/her ability to call the Mirror Dragon, a beast that hasn't been seen for many years and is, apparently, a female dragon too.
The big battle that ensues toward the end of the novel is interesting but pretty transparent (I knew how Eon could call up his/her dragon about halfway through the story).
The other annoying part of the story is how it ends; obviously a tie-in for a future book. Although I accept this ending, it was bothersome to not learn what had happened to a few characters by the end of this story rather than (forcibly?) pulling it into a sequel.
Also, there were just a few too many kowtowings going on.Read more ›
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.
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WARNING this novel has no cringe worthy romance!
Honestly, this was a cover buy, the synopsis sounded well, but who can say no to a cover with a dragon and a female... Read more
EON is a really good book. Based off of some Chinese and Japanese culture, it involves a kingdom where the twelve dragons, and their Dragoneye masters, protect the kingdom from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SHegyes
It was in good condition when i bought it except for numerous scratches on the back. Other than that it was a great read and in somewhat a very good condition.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book in the beginning is really interesting. There's a lot of twists that you wouldn't expect. I love the plot, and absolutely adore the characters and their personalities.Published 3 months ago
This was a great book, parts of the plot were a bit predictable but that didn't make the story any less entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The year is unknown but she is in medieval Middle Earth. The climate is steeped in magick and eastern forms permeate the story so thoroughly that, even without the naming of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hillary Szydlowski
I spent years as a bookseller judging this book by its cover and summarily dismissing it - particularly after a glance at the inside flap informed me that the heroine spends most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Grey