Review of Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman
Elizabeth Delana Rosa
YA, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)
Swordplay, dragon magic–and a hero with a desperate secret
Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.
When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.
Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .
Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic story only Alison Goodman can create.
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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
There’s something affirming in reading about someone willing to do anything and everything to follow their dreams. However there’s always a degree of selfishness to people with such drive. In The Two Pearls of Wisdom and the Last Dragoneye, we meet Eona, who disguises herself as Eon, a eunuch with a lame hip being trained to be the next Dragoneye. A Dragoneye is liaison between the spirit dragons that guard the lands from destructive weather forces. While the new Dragoneye is set to ascend or take leadership of the Council of Dragoneyes, she is not chosen by the Rat Dragon, whose turn it is, but she is chosen by the Mirror Dragon, who has been missing for 500 years. As Eona begins to discover more about her dragon, her power and her past, she finds herself in the midst for of a battle for the throne and torn between the handsome Emperor Kygo, who has been overthrown by his sadistic uncle, and the ruthless Lord Ido, the Rat Dragoneye, who has killed all the other Dragoneyes and their apprentices, leaving the land in ruin. With Kygo, she sees the chance of lasting love and a healing for the land and with Lord Ido, she sees the pathways to limitless power and forceful of attraction. Eona’s choices will shape the future and which will she choose?
I loved the author’s take on the dragon mythology. Both stories weaved a spell that kept me mesmerized. The only complaint I had is that Book 2 seems a bit unfinished. I feel like there was more to Eona’s story, however that does not negate the brilliance of the author’s lush story telling. It was one of the first Young Adult books I’d ever read and introduced me to the genre, as well as making me a life long fan of Alison Goodman. I plan to reread the series and check out some of her other books. I highly recommend this Young Adult fantasy adventure.
Alison is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology which has sold into seventeen countries and been translated into ten languages. EON was short-listed for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book (2010), a James Tiptree Jr. Honour book, and a CBCA Notable Book.
Alison’s first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, won the 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was also listed as an American Library Association Best Book (2004) and CBCA Notable Book. Her second novel, a crime thriller titled Killing the Rabbit, was published in the USA and shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award.
Alison was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts. She lives in Australia with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on a new supernatural series.
Visit Alison’s website at www.alisongoodman.com.au