Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon Duology Series #1)

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon Duology Series #1)

by Alison Goodman

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
BasiGirl More than 1 year ago
EON bursts with promise, setting the stage of a wondrous and familiar Asian-inspired world where dragons are essential to maintaining peace, balance and harmony. I applaud the efforts of Goodman to cast her heroine as a cripple. She does a lovely job of keeping faith with the difficulties of being lame without it feeling forced. I also enjoyed the edgy quality that carried the flavor of Tamora Pierce. The topics explored are definitely for an older YA audience and I'm sure many adults looking for a good yarn will enjoy this story. Do not expect to be amazed by a brilliant, new writing style or concept. While Goodman does a compelling job of telling Eon's story, and excels in keeping a predictable story entertaining and interesting, the story has been told before, many, many times. She does a creditable job of creating a believable world with strong Asian connections with her own style. Above all, this is a story of a girl, masquerading as a boy, learning to be true to herself. If you enjoy Tamora Pierce's Alanna stories, tales of dragons, Asian lore and culture - I am sure you will enjoy EON and EONA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book! Couldn't put it down. I was so amazed about what happened in the end! So awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, very much enjoyed it and would like to see more from Alison Goodman. I know I liked it as I was a bit disappointed that the story ended with only two books! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"It's all in a name." Never has that been more true. This book pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the final page, and even then you are left wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will captivate you and launch you into a world where love fear desire and power hold sway of most of the empire of the celestial dragons. You should stop using this book to chat with each other and role play. The people who do quote rps un quote are such freaking drama nerds. Go find somwhere else mess off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eon is a real page turner! I could not put it down for a moment! Keep up the good work, Alison Goodman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
33 and loved it!
Winter-Nyala More than 1 year ago
I read this amazing book in school, and let me tell you how wonderful it is. This is one of the few books has inspired me to write my own. I got so excited while ready, being a teenager, I accidentally smacked myself in the head with the book. I would give this book and this amazing author more stars if it was possible. I recommend this book quite often to others looking for a great read. You will not be disappointed.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I Like About the BookCharacterEon: I like this character very much, it is a Mulan story but with more risk and even greater peril. (Let's just refer to the character as he, since that is what is he is trying to be) Eon is really Eona, but Eona has been shoved down hidden from himself. In this book he is trying to disguise his female body from being discovered and killed. On top of that he has been crippled with a lame leg, so he is continually facing ridicule and evil signs. I like him because throughout the whole book he has hard choices to make, he has to prove his worth, muscle through his physical pains and at the same time not let anyone discover what he is. A strong young character. He does make some bad choices in the book, but he does his best to fix the issues. It is so awesome that he well she is the only person that can see the dragons without long meditations like all the other candidates and Dragoneyes (go girl power).Lady Dela: I love this character, she is Eon's guide through palace etiquette. But she is really a he, a man with both sun (male energy) and moon (female energy) in one body. She is a very entertaining character and I really enjoy their interactions together. ActionThroughout the whole book something is always going on and something is always about to happen. There is very few slow moments with lots of gripping moments of anticipation and excitement. Many moments of anxiety and stress of what will happen to Eon, will he be chosen by the dragon and will anyone figure out he is really a she?A Little Confusion and FrustrationSettingThe world is created from Imperial China and I don't know much about it so I did find somethings difficult. I did have some issues trying to figure out how the dragon system works. I got confused on how the 12 dragon leaderships work each year and names, there are so many different names I did get confused on remembering who was who. I also don't like the whole male supremacy thing, I know it is the time period, but I still don't like it.Would I Recommend This Book to BuyYes: But is isn't for everyone. If you are looking for a romantic story, you won't find it here. It is a good adventure action story. In my opinion a good break from romance.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in the ancient Orient, Eon (nee Eona) is disguised as a boy and entered in the competition to be chosen as the next Dragoneye. Normally with her permanent limp she never would have been accepted, but her rare ability to see into the spirit world is more important, and the prejudice against handicapped people means nobody will get close enough to discover her secret.Eona is thrust into one impossible situation after another and she really messes up a lot.There are a lot of interesting and unusual characters in this book. One of the major characters is transgender and both the main character and an important minor character are handicapped. There's a lot of prejudice against all of them, not to mention the general prejudice against women that causes Eona to disguise herself as a boy in the first place. And then the setting allows for a whole subgroup of characters who are eunuchs.It's certainly not the best book I've ever read, but it was interesting and the unusual characters didn't seem like "tokenism". I liked it and I think I'll read (or probably listen to) the sequels, but not right away.
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last word first: (5/5) A strong protagonist, a compelling story, and a setting that will pull you right in.Description: Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and if discovered Eon faces a terrible death. (from Goodreads)My thoughts: Eon had be hooked almost from the first page. This is a book with well-developed characters, an absorbing storyline and a beautiful setting. Add that to great writing and compelling themes and you've got yourself a winner.This book reminded me a lot of the Alanna and Keladry books by Tamora Pierce, and I think it will really appeal to fans of those series. Eon is a similar character type. She's a woman seeking, at great personal risk, to succeed in an area dominated by men. She didn't always make great decisions, and I occasionally wanted to yell at her (have you noticed I tend to get REALLY involved with the protagonist when I'm reading?) when she was missing what was right in front of her. But I was still rooting for her to suceed. A sixteen year old girl, pretending to be a twelve year old boy, attempting to survive in a complex political environment for which she could not possibly have been prepared. Can we say underdog? Love it.The setting deserves it's own paragraph. Goodman has put together a beautifully crafted, Asian-inspired backdrop to her story. Her word pictures bring the temples, gardens and marketplaces to life in a way that made me feel like I was there. There is something so gorgeously foreign (to me, at least) about this world that I was completely sucked in. I admit I have also devoured the details of her research the Alison Goodman has included at her site. In Australia, this book was originally entitled The Two Pearls of Wisdom, and had a very different cover which really conveyed the exotic feel of the setting. It might not be as compelling as the North American cover, but I still like it.What really gives this book the staying power I think it will have for me are the themes. Eon has to face and accept herself in order to succeed, even though it takes her forever to figure that out. Honesty, bravery, responsibility and acceptance are all explored in a way that makes this a book I want my kids to read when they're old enough. This book will likely appeal mostly to girls and women, but I think guys would enjoy it too.Though I borrowed this one from the library, I'm definitely planning to pick up a hardcover copy for my personal shelf. This is a story with tons of reread potential, and one I'll want to force my friends to read. Five stars! The only problem is that the ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger, and now I am doomed to remain in suspense until sometime next year when the sequel comes out.
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I loved the entire world that the author created. I will admit, the story was breath taking for the first 5 chapters, and then the story slowed to a painful pace. There seemed to be an awful lot of "info dumping" in the first half of this book. I can completely understand- the author created a very elaborate world. And to her credit, she gave all of this information without explaining everything to the reader. The information flowed well into the book. It was simply difficult to have 200 pages of few major developments. The last third of the book, though, made the entire book worthwhile. This was a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to any lover of Maria V Snyder, Robin McKinley, etc.
Tavaresden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty torn about this one. It wasn't all that impressive and memorable but I certainly had fun reading this book. Eon is uniquely based on Chinese mythology and I see plenty of accurate representations of Chinese culture. The idea that Dragons work with humans to preserve the balance of nature is interesting but not all that new. Eon, as the main character, falls a little flat (there has been so many times where I just want to scream to her "WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING?!"). Some of it could be attributed to how females are treated in past chinese culture but plenty of it is due to Eon being idiotic.However, the author must be doing something right because I find myself caring about what happens to her and the dragons. Who knows, maybe she just represents our own humans flaws very well? Or maybe dragons just make everything better. Either way, don't expect Eon to be the best thing ever and you'll find yourself enjoying this book. When you reach the cliffhanger in the end, you'll immediately want to grab the sequel "Eona"
Tsana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eon is set in an oriental-inspired fantasy world where dragons are required to protect the land from monsoons and ensure bountiful harvests. Each year, a different dragon (out of twelve) ¿ascends¿, increasing the power of the lord bound to that dragon and ushering in a new apprentice for that lord.Eon is one of a handful of candidates vying to be the next year¿s apprentice. He is supposedly a crippled eunuch, so no one particularly expects him to be chosen by the dragon. In fact, the only reason he is even under consideration is because he has an unusually strong affinity for being able to see the dragons (they are invisible to normal people most of the time). He is also secretly a girl.This starts off as a ¿girl dresses up as boy because girls aren¿t allowed to do anything cool¿ story, but quickly moves on to addressing deeper issues besides female oppression. On the one hand, being a cripple in a land where deformities are considered unclean and unlucky puts her at a further disadvantage, on the other this ends up helping her deception thanks to segregation. It also fosters a strong sense (in the reader) of ¿she can¿t do it as well because of her leg¿ rather than ¿she is struggling because she is female¿ which is sort of refreshing.Unlike the Alana books by Tamora Pierce, which more or less culminate in Alana achieving her goal of being a knight, Eon¿s choosing ceremony takes place at the start of the book, and the story is of her journey afterwards, not leading up to it. (Needless to say, the ceremony doesn¿t quite go according to anyone¿s plans. What a surprise.) A lot of the subsequent plot revolves around political intrigue and dastardly plots, which I don¿t want to give away.Then there is the stellar cast of supporting characters. There is the master who gambols everything on a girl candidate (if she is discovered, they will both be put do death) in the hopes that she will succeed and bring them both wealth and power. He¿s not the most lovable of characters, but I retrospectively found his faith in her endearing. There is Lady Dela who, we quickly learn, is a woman in a man¿s body. (¿Why would you want to dress as a woman?¿ asks Eon. ¿Women have no power!¿) And a few other allies who help her along the way.One thing I found refreshing about this book is that there is no love interest or romantic plot. Eon does spare a few thoughts for some of the men around her, but they are questioning thoughts, rather than wishful ones. The romantic storyline shows up in book two and, the way the world and plot are structured there is no sensible way for it to have started in the first book, so I¿m glad the author didn¿t force it in.When, inevitably, people start to find out the truth about her, their reactions are interesting and broad (well, once they get past the initial shock), but I don¿t want to spoil the entire spectrum here.The book ends on a cliffhanger, and you will probably want to have the second book on hand when you finish the first.
lollypop917 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book did not live up to the good reviews it has been getting. I found this story to be too drawn out and predictable. Glad I borrowed this one from the library instead of purchasing.
shadrach_anki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is a refreshingly non-western culture fantasy with plenty of action and intrigue. The main character and narrator, Eon, provides an accessible voice for readers while still being fully a part of the Empire of the Celestial Dragons.
I did find myself wanting to shake Eon for stupidity on a couple of occasions, mostly when I had managed to piece something together before Eon did.
shaedey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A brilliant book that sucks you into its wonderful world of mystery and mythology.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Right away I will say that I didn't realize this is the first book of two. So anyone who is thinking about reading this book should know that. This book does not resolve any part of the story and really leaves you hanging. It is an okay book overall; there are some things about it that are amazing and some things that are really annoying. I listened to it on audio book and the audio book quality was good; although sometimes the narrator got a bit shrill when reading parts where Eon goes into a panic.Eona is a Dragoneye candidate. She is passing as Eon, a male candidate, because females are not allowed to be candidates. Eon is special because she can see all the dragons in the spirit world. Her Master is desperately hoping that Eon will get chosen to be the new Dragoneye Apprentice.The story is a good one. There is a ton of attention to detail with regards to the Asian feudal society and the beliefs and rituals of that time. Eon is a good character that treads a tough path; in the beginning she seems weak but she ends up having a core of toughness that is admirable.Unfortunately there was a lot more that bothered me about this book. The plot moves very, very slow for the first half of the book. Part of this is because of the great amount of detail the author puts in. Some of it is interesting but a lot of it is unnecessary. For example at one point Eon is going in to bathe; the author needs to describe how stressful it is for Eon, how the tiles look in the bathing room, the temperature of the water, etc. I actually fell asleep for 5 minutes in the car and when I woke up I asked my husband what was going on. He laughed and said that Eon still hadn't quite gotten into the bathtub. This is how this book went. It seemed like some action was imminent (like taking a bath) and it would take 15 minutes (for the audio book) to get through all the descriptions and Eon's panicking to finally get to that action; it made for horrible pacing. Both my husband and I found it wearying and boring to the point where we almost stopped listening a number of times.The other large thing I didn't like about this book was Eon in general. Eon was susceptible to almost constant attacks of panic and self-doubt throughout the whole book. Even as she became more powerful she would still drop into lengthy digressions about how dangerous something was, how she might be caught, how she didn't know if she could do it, and what if she wasn't enough? This is understandable for a character to go through once in a while, but Eon did this very frequently and it didn't get better as the book went on. I understand that Eon lived in constant fear. As a reader we understand this, we don't need that character to go into lengthy panicky digressions every other page; it didn't add a lot to the story and took up a lot of page space.My last complaint is that the book doesn't resolve anything. You are pretty much left in the middle of a battle. The next book isn't released until 2010 sometime. That is a long time to make your readers wait. If you are looking at reading this duology I would recommend waiting until the second book has been released.Overall this book wasn't a favorite of mine. The pace was just too tedious, the detail painful, and Eon exceptionally whiny and panicky. I will read the next book though because nothing is resolved in this book.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve dragons hold the power of the zodiac. And twelve Dragoneyes channel the dragons' power, doing the bidding of the Emperor and holding the empire secure. Twelve-year-old Eon is in training. He will be one of the twelve candidates for apprenticeship in the year of the Rat Dragon. On his frail shoulders amd crippled leg rests the hope of his master, a former Dragoneye, and the whole household. If he fails the house will be left shamed and penniless, and Eon himself will be sold back to the salt mines where his master found him.But all is not as simple as it seems - lame Eon is actually Eona. It is heresy for a female to be put forward as an apprentice. But as intrigue piles on intrigue, Eon, cast adrift in a swirl of court intrigue and politicking, has no choice but to cling desperately to her charade.Well-told, tense, action-packed, and full of interesting characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every year the ascending dragon selects one boy to become a Dragoneye apprentice and Eona, disguised as a boy, is a candidate in this year of the Rat Dragon. Not only does she have to keep her gender a secret (women are not allowed to be candidates and if she is found out, it means certain death for her and her Master), but she is crippled from a badly healed broken hip. Can "Eon" draw the attention of the Rat Dragon? Can he keep his secrets hidden? The fate of the Empire may be in his hands. This is a very detailed fantasy based on many different Eastern traditions. Eon was a likeable character and I was rooting for her the whole way through. There's a lot of action and it'll more than satisfy any fantasy lover, plus it's a little different from the typical fantasy tropes. I loved the fleshed out supporting characters. If the writing had been a little tighter and the whole book had been shorter, it might have been near perfect.
david.vital on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story that keeps you engaged for most of the book. Eon's development is slow, which failed to meet my expectation... well positioned for an interesting sequel.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eon is not who he appears to be. A thirteen-year-old boy training to be a Dragoneye apprentice, he harbors a secret that could get him and his master killed. He has great promise - while most candidates can only see one of the twelve dragons (there is one for every animal in the Chinese Zodiac), Eon can see all of them. While he has a lame leg, and a humble past, his master is sure the Rat Dragon will choose him in the upcoming ceremony. But Eon is not that young boy at all, but a sixteen-year-old girl. Gifted as she is, Eona is forbidden to participate in dragon magic and her master has trained her to look, think, act like a boy. When the unthinkable happens, and she rises to the court not only as Dragoneye Apprentice but as Lord Dragoneye, Eona¿s struggles have only just begun. This strikingly complex novel is gorgeously elaborate, with extreme detail that the reader can hear and taste. Rich Chinese sets Goodman¿s book apart from the traditional dragon story; as part of a duology, it is undoubtedly one of the best high fantasies we¿ll see this year.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a traditional fantasy filled with familiar settings and character types, but there's nothing wrong with a comfort read (defined as a story where you have a good idea what's going to happen, and there's nothing bad lurking in the wings). It has dragons and swordplay and a hero from the back of beyond who has to save the world. Even though the characters are familiar, they are fully drawn and interesting to read about. ''Eon'' is the first book in a duology (according to the author) and, as such, it definitely cries out for a sequel. This makes the ending a little unsatisfying, but overall, I enjoyed this book.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Think Tamora Pierce plus Anne McCaffery, and that is where I would categorize Eon: Dragoneye Reborn.It is really hard to summarize Eon: Dragoneye Reborn without giving the entire story and going into a lengthy explanation about everything, but I highly recommend this for anyone who had any affection for Alanna in the Song Of The Lioness Quartet. You will find another spunky heroine in Eona as well as an awesome cast of supporting characters! Alison Goodman has built a rather interesting world with Dragons unlike any other that I have encountered!One remarkable thing I found in Eon: Dragoneye Reborn was Eona's determination to suppress her feminine side completely in order to become a true Dragoneye. She had worked so hard to be a boy and denied herself any solid connection with anything feminine beyond her periods (although Eona even tries to suppress these as well). This issue certainly became the crux of the story, and I really appreciated this world where women too had their own "culture" that men knew nothing about.