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Eon [Paperback]

Alison Goodman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Line Dec 22 2013
This book captured my imagination and twists many ideas between duality. The push and pull of masculine and feminine energy, the powers of rank in society, and the human spirit to push forward to survive.

The author gives enough detail to describe elements so that you can picture it, and enough sub plot to keep her reader hooked.

I enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the sequel.

For other readers negative comments, the main character is thrust into many scenarios that she has never been exposed to quickly and has to adapt, while being controlled by her circumstance or her indentured rank.
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While the general idea and premise for the story was interesting, I found this book difficult to get into, mostly because I (personally) found the main character almost impossible to connect with or care about. Now, this is an entirely personal problem, so naturally if you're interested in the book my personal apathy toward the character shouldn't disuade you. However, I might recommend definitely reading the sample chapters of the book before buying it - just to get a sense of whether or not you'll like Eon.

Anyway, my basic problem with Eon was that he/she was a little too obviously and deliberately obtuse, to the point that I felt like the character was being made purposefully stupid in order to draw out the plot longer. There are lots of books where readers know more than the character about what's going on, and usually this serves to heighten the sense of worry and suspense over whether the character will figure everything out in time or not. In this case, I thought the "subtle" hints were way, way too obvious and that a character with the amount of average intelligence that Eon is presented to have should have been able to figure out the "mysteries" in the novel a little quicker. Or at least there should have been SOME connections being made. Instead, Eon would "notice" things in the narrative but completely fail to connect them with all the other things he/she had noticed before and therefore also fail to get some vague idea of what might possibly be going on.

Also, I felt some things weren't explained quite enough, and so when Eon made some of his/her decisions, they felt like they came absolutely out of nowhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of a Story Nov. 14 2012
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There's something about her writing that I love. It's suitable for young adults and teenagers. I am not one, and I really enjoyed it. I think that says something about her Eon books. I was really drawn into the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy Feb. 10 2011
By Jessica Strider TOP 500 REVIEWER
Pros: engaging, combines new age beliefs with fantasy world magic, protagonist stays in character

Cons: major plot twist is very obvious

Eon's ability to see all 11 energy dragons is awarding her the chance to become the apprentice of the Rat Dragon, ascendant this year. But women aren't allowed to be Dragoneyes, so she must hide her gender. When the choosing ceremony goes awry and the long lost Mirror Dragon returns, she is plunged into mess of political intrigue she is ill equipped to handle.

Eon is an engaging read that's hard to put down. The girl goes from crisis to crisis as she's thrust into the heart of palace politics while trying to keep several important secrets.

The magic of this fantasy world is based heavily on new age beliefs. The chakras are used to focus chi, while the dragon mythology is the Chinese zodiac. Goodman manages to take these familiar concepts and makes them unique by molding them to the energy dragons, through whom natural phenomenon can be controlled.

Modern readers will quickly figure out the plot twist regarding the truth of the Mirror Dragon. While it is in character for Eon to misunderstand what is happening, it is frustrating as a reader to see how she's missing something that to us is so obvious. However, I was impressed that the author resisted the urge to give Eon a modern mindset. She is very much a product of her world, which is as it should be.

I found Eon a fascinating character, even while I didn't always like her decisions. She's caught in a difficult position where if it's learned she's a woman, her life and that of her master and servant, are forfeit. As more and more people put their faith in her power her position becomes even more desperate.
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