- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 14 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 25, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001OHUQUW
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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
Another central theme is the meaning of freedom, which is explored with regard to class, magic and power.
Lots of continuous action so it's good for teens who may not be the most avid readers i.e. my brother. It is definitely YA fiction and some of the plot devices are a little weak (a lot of turmoil relies on characters' lack of open communication and trust) but it works. Writing is unexceptional; typical for a lot of the YA stuff coming out now. So it's not quite up there with the best of the best of YA fiction, but close enough - the plot and world building carry it enough.
So the story continues, the big training, allies and enemies, the reception where they show who wins or not... Its good, suspense... but the middle of the book just plain lags. It takes forever really, and its bad to say that reading a book is a chore. And the middle was a LONG part of the book. But I kept reading thinking it'll get better soon but it didnt.
It didnt get better until the end. And by then, it was just a few chapters till I was finished. But it was worth reading I guess. If you like Dragons, zodiac and understanding when they talk Hua, the chakara points, then sure get this book. Its an okay book but at least the ending was real good. Action, suspense and captive.
If you dont mind a long middle, get this book. The ending is worth it. I just hope the 2nd book is better in construction and suspenseful as the ending in this book.