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 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.
I don't know, maybe I just didn't like the narrator's voice and I have something against dragons? Whatever the cause I found this book unreadable.
the narration of this story was perfect, Nacy Wu has perfect timing and her ability to fluxuate her voice for the characters added depth. That said, she had an excellent story and beautiful writing to work with.
Alison Goodman uses Eon, a crippled girl disguised as a boy, to bring forth a world of spiritual magic and political intrigue. Eon goes through struggles with personal beliefs, greater good, and the heart. She chases her desire through lies and doing what one has to while trying to form bonds and keep them.
That's the short of the story. The long is that you just have to read it. I found myself engaged with every character, none of them stereotypical in any way. The book also doesn't rely on magic to carry it through to the end. If anything, magic is like power and money in the real world, a corrupter if sought with no regard to those around you.
This book is magnificent for young adults, and I would argue that adults and younger children would benefit from some of the deeper emotions and thoughts within, as they read it together. It shows the up and downs to pursing a greater position in life and following your dreams. There is always a struggle and ethics are never black and white. What would you compromise in yourself to get to where you believe you need to be?
I have also read Eona, and the two book series does not lose momentum, it builds powerfully upon itself. The language within the pages is well turned and paints some beautiful pictures when the dragon eyes bond with their dragons.
This book started off terrific but about 2/3 of the way down it stalled. I agree with some of the other reviewers who said that it felt like the author was trying to stretch the story out in order to write a sequel. I wish she had just gone for the one book and the tighter story but it was good. The narrator was good also.
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.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
While the story has potential and I really liked the whole Chinese dragon part, the rest of the story was forgettable. I found my mind drifting a bit and I ended up breaking up the book by listening to something else in between. I think the thing that just made this book boring were the characters. Eon/ Eona was chosen by the mirror dragon who had been missing from the world for over 500 years. Incredible right? But why I ask myself, there was nothing special about her besides her being a girl pretending to be a boy. Even the dragons don't do anything, they are more for political ploy. I found that when I took breaks from reading, I didn't have the desire to return to the book and maybe this book gets better but after about 4 1/2 hrs, I decided to stop listening. Maybe I will return to it if I ever run out of audios to listen to. Narrator was fairly good.
My younger brother recommended this book to me. i was a little hesitant as it was not one i would otherwise listen to. However after only about an hour i was hooked. Alison Goodman has such a beautiful way of show in her world that i immediately got sucked in. I swear i could almost smell taste and hear everything thing she talked about. Nancy Wu did an amazing job of portraying every ounce of emotion and feeling the characters experienced. It to me was a wonderful book and executed perfectly.
I love Nancy Wu's narration for the story. This book has been one of my favorites for years, and I have read it many times. Her enthusiasm and voice lend perfection to the story. She is a master storyteller, in my opinion, and her voice held me captive.
Alison Goodman weaves a wonderful tale of feminine power in a dark Era where women aren't truly permitted a say in political and everyday life. Couple draconic influence and the feminine mystique, and you've got Eona - a young woman masquerading as a boy in order to survive and succeed in a world dominated by bloodthirsty men.
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