Eon; Dragoneye Reborn – Alison Goodman

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

RATING: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE:  Young Adult Fantasy
FORM:  Audio Book

SYNOPSIS:   Eon is a girl pretending to be a boy, training to be a candidate to be chosen by the Rat Dragon as an apprentice Dragoneye. (All of this is explained very well within the first couple chapters of the book..so if you’re confused, don’t worry.)  During the ceremony, s/he is not chosen by the Rat Dragon, but just as the ceremony is coming to an end, the Mirror Dragon, the dragon that has been missing for over 500 years, suddenly appears and chooses Eon as it’s Dragoneye.  Eon is taken from the status of a servant boy and moved straight up to a Lord, second only to royalty, and also into the fragile state of affairs.  There are uprisings, and a prince who has his sights set on the throne.  Now that the Mirror Dragon has come back, everyone has their hopes resting on it and on Eon.

REVIEW:  Wow.  There is just so much wrapped up into this book!  I loved Eon (Eona’s) character, even if every now and though I thought she was blind to what was staring her right in the face.  The characters were very strong, and for once there was no doubt about who was whom, no one suddenly switching sides or saying they were someone they weren’t.  Those who were bad and evil were obvious, and those who were good stayed that way.  I’m very excited to get the next book, Eona,  oddly enough this was the book that caught my eye and started me into the series.  Something about the cover just drawled me to it.  While this is not a romance book at all, there were some semi-sensual parts in it (although, you had to be paying attention).  Part of me hopes for a little bit more in the future.

Nancy Wu did pretty well as the narrator.  While not the best I’ve ever heard, the story was told very well and it was easy to distinguish between characters.

WHAT I LOVED:   I think I enjoyed the mythology and culture blended into this book, and then the twist and irony of the female getting the honor of the Mirror Dragon.  Scandalous!  And of course, I always love some butt-kicking girl books!  In this case, Eon/a had a lot of self confidence and physical issues to fight against as well, but I think in the end I liked her more for it.

NOT SO MUCH:   At points, especially in the beginning, the book seemed to drag on.  As mentioned, there are a lot of details, and they were important to the book, thus necessary.  It’s just, I really wanted to get to some action, and it just wasn’t happening.



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