Eon Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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"Author Alison Goodman proceeds to spin a riveting tale that will hold the interest of any reader... It's a lively and colourful read. One that's highly recommended." - Montreal Gazette
"The author's plotting is elaborate, smart and capable of taking the audience by surprise. Enthralled readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the story's second half." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A mesmerizing story, a world so richly imagined that it feels real. No detail is overlooked, from the smallest sensory description to the fascinating mythos of the elemental dragons. Entangled politics and fierce battle scenes provide a pulse-quickening pace, while the intriguing characters add interest and depth. Readers will clamor for the sequel." - Booklist, starred review
"Fast-paced excitement carries Eon through this tension-packed adventure, where victory can only come with self-knowledge. This adventure, filled with intrigue, friendships, combat and magical allies, is a winner." - Kirkus Reviews
"A refreshing change from the generic. This intelligent, vividly written tale grips from the first page." - The Times, London
"Alison Goodman has created a wonderfully well-rounded story in this, the first of a duology set in a faux Asian world. [Eon] deftly straddles the young adult and adult market. This coming of age story sports enough action and intrigue to keep the reader galloping along through Eona's trials and tribulations." - Courier Mail, Australia
"Fans of Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix will be riveted by this fast-paced gender-bending fantasy. Goodman's rousing mix of swordplay, magic, adventure, and Asian astrology is inventive and enthralling." - Parents Express
"Goodman has produced an action-packed, well-plotted and acutely imagined fantasy that draws on the popularity of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Anyone who enjoys kung-fu movies will devour this book." - The Age, Australia
"Eon walks the tightrope between adult and child with consummate skill, immersing you in the atmosphere one minute and exciting you with intrigue and thrills the next, while all the time making Eon constantly reassess who are her allies and enemies right through to the cliffhanger finale. If part one of this story is anything to go by, part two is going to be a cracker, and I for one, cannot wait for it." - Sci-Fi London
"The girl-in-disguise plot gets interesting added twists and the blended Asian atmosphere adds plenty of color, combining to make an entertaining adventure." - LOCUS Magazine
"This complex, richly envisioned tale will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages. Incorporating elements of the hero’s quest with closely guarded secrets, ancient texts, mythical beasts and compellingly realistic political machinations, Goodman has created a gem. The action carries readers on a wild ride as Eon attempts to balance doing what is right with keeping herself alive against mounting odds. A richly developed historical and cultural background combined with turbulent current affairs makes this is more then a coming of age tale, this is fantasy writing at its best." - Monsters & Critics
"I loved this book. You will be drawn into Eon's struggle from the first page. The story contains an epic battle of good versus evil with the fate of the kingdom depending on an unlikely and unprepared hero that you can't help but love. This is a super young adult offering that other ages will love as well." - Armchair Interviews
"An intensely compelling read. Based off of Chinese and Japanese myths and legends, it is an exhilarating blend of mystery, suspense, and foreign culture and habits that will engross and entertain readers to no end. The ending is heart stopping, and the complete cliff hanger will most certainly leave readers yearning for the conclusion of this smart and drama filled duet in the next book--whose title is too much a spoiler to reveal yet, but hopes to be just as riveting and breathtaking." - The Compulsive Reader
"Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is a richly detailed fantasy that will appeal to anyone who loves stories of exotic lands, court intrigue, interesting characters, power struggles, secrets, and personal heroism." - Wands and Worlds Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Alison Goodman was born in Australia, and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown of Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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- Very original plot ( to me )
- Great balance between magic and mystery
- Very eye-catching
- Kind of complicated
- Some unanswered questions that a sequel wont change ( Like: Why didnt the pearls on the folio not whip lady dela when she was reading to find the name? didnt it whip anyone but Eona? )
- Not very much detail if at all on any of the other dragons except tiger, ox, and rat. ( Did you know there was a rooster dragon!? )
Aaaaaaanyway, thats my review. Thanks for sticking around and i hope you found this helpful! :)
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.Read more ›
Each year, 12 boys compete to become the next Dragoneye Apprentice, but the Dragon will choose just one. No one expects crippled Eon to win, but he has two pivotal secrets. First, he possesses the rare ability to see all of the energy dragons, rather than just one. And second, Eon is a girl.
If Eona is discovered, she will be executed immediately.
And when the Mirror Dragon suddenly reappears, after being absent for centuries, it chooses her.
Why has she been chosen? Will she be able to prevent the chief Dragoneye from overthrowing the Emperor? And what will happen if Eona is discovered, especially now that she has befriended the Emperor's son?
This book is fantastic!! It was published in Australia as an adult novel, and can be read by adults or teens. The medieval fantasy is great, and will appeal to fans of Tamora Pierce.
But there are many layers to this story, about self-awareness and power among other things. A fast-paced plot and a hint of romance will keep you turning pages late into the night!
The plot, while steady throughout the novel, seemed to fly by the last quarter or so! There was some predictability, and I was frustrated with Eon/a for not figuring it out earlier when it's so blatantly obvious! For a fairly smart boy/girl, she was considerably dense when it came to this aspect!
Despite my frustrations, it did play out nicely within the plot, and while I became increasingly frustrated in this one element of the story I totally missed the obviousness of another! But perhaps that is what Goodman had planned all along.
The characters were all fascinating and well-developed. My favorites had to be Lady Dela, Ryko, and Chart.
Goodman's writing is filled with rich details! I loved the descriptive elements! Did I mention that already!?
Can I just say that I really had no idea what a eunuch was and not come across as ignorant? I actually learned a thing or two while reading EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN.
My only complaint is the ending - total cliffhanger. I need the next book, like now.
Reviewed by: The Story Siren
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