Series: Eon #1
Author: Alison Goodman
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he’s been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye—an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.
When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.
Eon is a twelve-year-old boy training to become a Dragoneye apprentice, where he’ll learn all it takes to channel the powerful dragon energies and work with the other Dragoneye Lords to protect the Empire of the Celestial Dragons. There’s already enough strain on each apprentice with all their training before and after being chosen, and then having to deal with the politics within their new rank as Dragoneye Apprentice. But Eon’s challenges surpass them all, because on top of everything, she’s living a lie. Eon, is actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl, and as her road becomes more perilous with enemies bent on ruining her and threatening to reveal her secret in the process, she’s forced into dire situations to find the strength and inner power to save the empire.
My husband recommended this to me when I was having trouble finding a book that could hold my attention adequately. I must give kudos to Alison Goodman, because this was just the book to plunge me back into reading again. I have seen quite a bit of fantasy/romance novels out there taking up most of best-seller and must-read lists, so this straightforward fantasy was a relief. The richness in the way this story was written was extremely refreshing as Alison’s eloquence pulled me completely into Eon’s world.
I found myself subject to several areas of info-dumping, but such is common in world-building and in here was not hindering to the story’s pace. Otherwise, the depth of the realistic rituals, culture, and descriptions were enough for me to start planning a vacation to the fictitious Empire of the Celestial Dragons. I remained caught up in Eon’s struggle to adapt to his new surroundings while still fighting to keep his secret hidden, and the all too real emotions resulting from the stress of it all. The diversity in the characters surrounding poor Eon also helped the story’s unpredictability. There were definitely twists in there I did not see coming, some disappointing, some triumphant, and some that I’m still too surprised to decide how I feel about them just yet.
No, that will have to wait until I’ve delved into the sequel, Eona, which will be very soon.
I give this story 5 stars! Yay! I don’t give out this rating too often. Congrats Alison Goodman, and I wish you luck on my review of Eona.