Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: Teen Fantasy, Teen Fiction
Publication Date: December 26, 2008
Publisher Book: Viking
Publisher Audio: Brilliance Audio
ISBN-13 Book: 9780670062270
ISBN-13 CD: 9781423379553
Source: Checked out Audio book from my public library and purchased a paperback copy of the book for my collection. This is my honest review.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eon has trained for years as a Dragoneye candidate hoping he will be chosen by the Rat Dragon. Despite being a cripple, Eon has done his best to serve his master and make himself worthy of the Rat Dragon. On the day of choosing however, Eon is chosen not by the Rat Dragon, but by the mysterious Mirror Dragon, and is then plunged into battle for the throne. Everything rides in the balance and Eon hasn't fully bonded with his dragon, because he holds a terrible secret. A secret that can get himself and everyone he loves killed. You see, Eon is a masquerade. Eon is really Eona, a girl.
This book was action packed with a likable heroine that you just wanted to cheer for, or sometimes throw things at. Eona did her best to keep her secret hidden, and does everything she can to keep up the pretense that she is a boy. Her choices were believable and so were her friendships. I really like characters who you can follow and understand throughout the novel and Eona was one of those characters. If she was discovered the penalty would be a horrible and painful death. Yet when she achieves her position, she finds her self in embroiled in a fight for the very throne.
The details of this novel were exquisite. Goodman creates a world so real and so gritty that you feel like you are really there living among its people and hoping to survive the dangerous politics of the Imperial Court.
The audiobook is read by Nancy Wu who does an excellent job narrating Eona's story and making you feel that you are right there in the moment. You can hear the anxiety in her voice when Eona makes dangerous and sometimes hasty decisions.
Overall, this was a fantastic addition to the fantasy genre. Eona is a girl who doesn't quite understand the worth a girl can have because her society doesn't accept the power of women. But Eona is a powerful character and a smart one too. I look forward to the sequel, Eona which is due out April 19, 2011.
A great read if you enjoy strong female characters in fantasy.
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