The Compulsive Reader: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

Monday, October 6, 2008

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

For years, sixteen year old Eona has been living a secret life. Gifted with the ability to see the eleven invisible energy dragons that lend power to the Empire, she holds a very rare talent. But women who possess magic are scorned, which compels Eona to live her life under the guise of twelve-year-old Eon, a candidate for the position of apprentice to a Dragoneye, the human catalyst between the dragons and the Empire. But Eona will soon come to find that even harder than disguising her true identity will be navigating through the turbulent waters of court politics and choosing to do what is right...which includes being true to herself, no matter what the cost.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is a strange and intensely compelling read. Based off of Chinese and Japanese myths and legends, it is an exhilarating blend of mystery, suspense, and foreign culture and habits that will engross and entertain readers to no end. Eona's character is very honest, and despite her insistence at being considered male, her true voice and nature rings out clearly, making her a highly appealing character whose motives and struggles are completely relatable.

The story is slightly predictable in the first half of the book, but Goodman does an excellent job at drawing out the plot and artfully laying the foundation for the climax of the story. Eona's tale picks up a few surprising elements and the book goes out with a bang as political tensions reach their breaking point. The ending is heart stopping, and the complete cliff hanger will most certainly leave readers yearning for the conclusion of this smart and drama filled duet in the next book—whose title is too much a spoiler to reveal yet, but hopes to be just as riveting and breathtaking.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn will be out December 26th, 2008!

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