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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

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.

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great book cannot wait for the next book

great book cannot wait for the next book. great characters, complex plot, ending full of suspense and possibility.

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Wonderful narration!

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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Loved It!

I couldn't stopped listening it was so entertaining! The Narrator was awesome! Can't wait to listen to Eona!

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Narrator could be better.

Narrator speaks too quickly and doesn't pause when starting a new thought, paragraph, or such. Listeners get confused because it's not obvious that she's starting a new thought or paragraph. No need for such fast reading here.

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a bit predictable, which was frustrating

generally a good story but the predictability was frustrating. I still want to read the sequel though.

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Good

I did like the book well written although very predictable. The narrator was a little on the "over excited" side most times. All and all although I would not re read this novel I most likely will be reading the sequel eona

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  • Sherry
  • Grande Prairie, AB, Canada
  • 02-19-13

A Good Listen for a Fantasy-Driven Adolescent

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was open-ended.... It nearly forces you to have to read the 2nd book. Not impressed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I think for the most part- although it was not as strong of narration as I have had in the past with narrators of Rules of Civility, Pillars of the Earth and Cutting for Stone.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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good book till the end

If you could sum up Eon in three words, what would they be?

fizzeled at the end book two is worse

What did you like best about this story?

determination of eona

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

she couldn't have been that stupid

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Hannah
  • Lewistown, IL, United States
  • 05-03-12

Not that good

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't a complete wast of time, but I don't think I'd listen to it again if I could go back. I understand that Eon was in a hard spot, but honestly I can only listen to so much winnying before I'm just annoyed. <br/> The courtly wit and banter that could have add some much the book fell flat. The book is missing something, I really don't I'll bother with the sequal.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't have a problem with her in the beginning but she started to wear on me the longer I listened. Maybe is was how it was written but the narrator didn't help Eon sounds like a winy little girl most of the time, at times the narrator even gave her a differant voice. But the worst part is listening to the narrator's mouth noises, and you could hear the creck of a chair.

Do you think Eon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

sure if you liked the first one.

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Great concept, good book, very original.

I enjoy reading Asian-inspired fantasy, I liked it even though I had problems with some of the characters seeming a bit underdeveloped. Very good book none the less.