But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.
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.
©2008 Alison Goodman; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am always looking for good, clean fantasy and usually end up reading books directed at teens to avoid anything too sex-laden or trashy. But even though the audience for this book is young, I found real characters with genuine emotional depth, an intriguing story and a fantastic perspective into an extinct culture. I can't wait for the next one! The narration was great (a little fast at times) without any awkward voices or straining, and I was completely addicted to this fabulously written book.
I had my doubts about whether or not I would like this book, but shortly into it I was hooked. It was so good I found myself wondering, how has this book not received more attention?! Why didn’t I read this book sooner? With awe inspiring dragons, formidable characters, a vivid setting, and a skillfully crafted story, this epic first book in a duology is now one my favorite books of all time. Alison Goodman made me a fan for life.
Strongly influenced by ancient Asian cultures, Eon is set in a detail rich world ruled by an imperial family but balanced by the powerful Dragoneyes. Through a bargain with the twelve energy dragons, the Dragoneyes connect with their spirit dragon to wield power, control the elements, and much more.
In training to become an apprentice to the Rat Dragon, Eon has the odds stacked against him. His broken hip makes him walk with a limp making it difficult for him to walk let alone practice the dragon art of fighting. To top it off, Eon is really Eona, a girl and therefore forbidden to practice the dragon art. An act punishable by death. The one thing working in her favor is her dragon sight, the rare ability to see all the energy dragons. She can only hope that the Rat Dragon chooses her as his apprentice.
Eon/a is a complex heroine. She is strong and intelligent yet flawed by her inclination to be dishonest and her lack of trust in others. She weaves a dangerous web of lies in her fight for survival and, at times, this is very frustrating. There are many moments where I wanted to yell at her to snap her out of it. While at the same time, you understand her situation and her reasoning. That being said, in the end, Eona became one my favorite heroines.
Eon is technically considered a young adult book but, to me, the story reaches beyond young adults to older audiences as well. Goodman’s world is exceptional and you will find yourself captivated by the rich culture and unique mythology. I enjoyed this book so much that once finished it, I immediately (the same day) bought the next book, Eona: The Last Dragoneye.
This book has very well-developed, yet human characters. The author has crafted the story so well, that I became involved with the story. As a listener, I felt drawn to, or repelled by every character. They are all real, well-rounded people.
The story builds very nicely. The final 1/3 of the book is so intriguing that I had to listen to the final hours nonstop.
The only flaw in this book is that the main character seems a little dense--she should have figured out the clues earlier in the plot. The book leaves opening for the sequel to wrap up the loose threads left dangling.
This is a great book!
I recommend this book and look forward to the publication of the sequel in 2010.
A friend of my seventeen yr old son suggested this story to me, and how very pleased I am that he did. As in Harry Potter, this is a fantasy story for all ages. Vibrant with deatail, I could so easily imagine walking amongst the bustling lanes of this exotic setting. As a huge fan of scifi/fantasy, it was actually very nice to find myself away from the typical setting of castles, Elves and the numerous array of usuall characters found within a fantasy story. Very likeable characters, with plenty of intrigue, adventure and just enough magic as not to overwhelm the story.. I can highly suggest this to any fan of fantasy of all ages..
While this is billed under Audible Kids. It's far more than that. Eon Dragoneye Reborn Is a story about the quest for identity. The story itself is an excellent listen and The Narrator does an excellent job coveying the myriad of emotions experienced by the characters. There are themes about sexuality and gender that may be more mature for younger listeners without being vulgar. Older kids will enjoy the adventure itself, younger kids may have questions. Several characters are likable especially Eon. Eon is surrounded by allies and enemies who all have their own quirks and problems. One of the stand out characters Lady Delia(?), is a mystery all to her own self. Eon while likable is frustratingly dense and makes you want to listen to see if she gets it and what'll happen next. Well worth the purchase and hopefully Audible will pick up the sequel.
I listened to the first chapter of this and liked the story and narrator well enough to download the book. This book was so engrossing that I found myself listening to it when I should have been doing other things, and thinking about the story when I was not listening. I was disappointed to discover that this was not a long series of books; I was looking forward to working my way through it!
Started out slow, but as the story unfolded became descriptively enrapturing. Colorful and bold. A delight and engrossing read. Had kind of a predictable plot but a very entertaining. I can't wait for the sequel.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
It certainly is not the worst book I have read, but this story isn't what I would call a Kids or Young Adult book. The events of the book are far from what I want my young children reading. When the book was over I was relieved. I find the research to be good but the presentation was lacking.
I am a massive fan of fantasy books.
Fun, Unique, Excellent.
Eona and her dragon Eona finally making their union.
I have not listen to any of Nancy's other performances however I enjoyed what she did with Eon so i will be looking for more of her later on.
Main extreme reaction was what happened to the dragoneyes at the hand of the Rat Dragoneye.
I recommend this book, in audio and paper form. A good read.
This was an interesting take on the fantasy story, taken more on what I would imagine is the Asian view of dragons vs. The European view with a little feminism thrown in.
I liked this book in spite of Nancy Wu. I felt her voice was a little high pitched and monotone...it grated on me at times. An odd choice.
Yes, but only after a couple chapters.
I felt the story sucked me in more than I expected it would from the start. There were a couple of minor things that bothered me. When the narrator reached a climax in the story she got all high pitched and monotone which detracted from the story. There were some very odd word choices, like the author was not a native speaker. Some other elements of the story bothered me..the lead being crippled, the world hierarchy, etc. That being said I ended up really liking it.
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