Alison Goodman's Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
- Did the plot make sense?
- Kept me interested?
- What about the characters?
- It had a good ending?
- Overall Rating
“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 Dragon-eye, 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. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon's affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon's desperate lie comes to light, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages.”
Summary taken from Goodreads.
Eon: The Last Dragoneye. Another pick from my reading club. The story was promising because, dragons are involved and I love dragons. The book left me with a good impression and eager to read the second book. How can I describe this book? It’s sort of Mulan meets Dragons. And it’s inspired in the Chinese/Japanese culture according to Goodman.
Eon is a 12-year-old candidate to become a Dragoneye Apprentice, he is crippled but he has the ability to see the Dragons. The Dragons are some kind of magical or natural forces that the ordinary people cannot see. He’s studying to become a Dragoneye, which is a person that can channel the power of the Dragon to help in the society. Dragoneyes give their vital power force to the Dragon in exchange for powers.
The Kingdom of the Celestial Dragons is also a place where women are oppressed and excluded from becoming a Dragoneye and the big surprise is that Eon is really a 16-year-old girl, Eona, and she has to pretend to be a boy in order to not be punished and become an Dragoneye and help her master to save the Council from Lord Ido.
I found exciting that the Dragons are based on the Chinese Zodiac. And I liked the description of the Kingdom and the culture. Goodman created her own new world with detail. I enjoyed Eon/Eona’s jouney from a weak crippled candidate to the strong Dragoneye powerful fearless and confident. She has her doubts, and she usually thinks she is not worthy of such challenge. But over the time she finds that the way to succeed in her mission is actually be herself.
I don’t know why, but I could tell what was going to happen at certain times, I guessed right. But everything made sense. Sometimes I wished Eon would have trusted her master and tell her friends to help her but also I can understand she was scared, she didn’t want to disappoint them and solve the riddles by herself.
As a villain Lord Ido is evil and wicked. His appearance awakened fear and he was ruthless and didn’t mind do anything as long he had his way. He wanted power and he was corrupted by it. Also I like they included Lady Dela as a transgender character, it was something fresh to me and she was likeable from the beginning. Ryko was another nice company, brave and strong.
I found the drug use in the story a very nice example on why drugs are bad for you and how drugs can transform you into an ugly villain. I give this book a solid 4 star, the characters were enjoyable, the plot was filled with details and the end was sad but full of hope. I can’t wait to read the second book and see how this story finalizes.