Friday, April 6

Eon: Book Review

by Alison Goodman
Viking Children's Books
December 26th 2008
Young Adult | Fantasy
Dragon | Magic

Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)
Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragon-eye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon's affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon's desperate lie comes to light, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages...
A very interesting and dangerous world.  It seems to me that loyalty and friendship would be hard to come by in this world.  Everyone is a slave to someone or has been at some point.  Would you really be loyal to someone who had bought you and was threatening you at every turn? So Eon was a salt farm slave bought by a very ambitious man.  His treatment was not kind and yet he expected utter loyalty.  Why would he expect it?  Why was it given?  I suppose it had much to do with Eon's age.  Then that loyalty is demanded time and time again by others, all of whom expect without earning it.  
Eon is quite a character.  I had to often remind myself of the age of Eon.  So many wrong turns and second guesses that lead to a lot of dark paths.  At least I am grateful that some of those paths weren't fully explored.  It would have been horrific.  I love that while the society is determined that women are almost demons, this is all about our strengths.  It is going to be some show watching her set this world spinning.
Does anyone really believe that if they surrender they won't be hurt?  At least the bad dude in this book had the grace to tag the word "much" onto the end of his statement.  The karma like return to the villain is quite original in this story.  No simple kill the bad guy for him.  He had to meet up with someone a bit more compassionate.
I have so many ideas about where this story is headed and can't wait to find out.  Could Eona being linked to the Queen dragon hint to more?  Is there some possible way for freedom and happiness in her future?  Or will she be doomed to some half-life as many in her path are left with?
 Content: homosexuality and brutal violence