Book Review: Eon

Eon CoverBook: Eon by Allison Goodman

Published June 2011|Published by Penguin Group

E-book|From The Library|337 pages

Series?  Yes, Eon #1

Genre: YA/Fantasy

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Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he’s been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. 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 twelve-year-old boy. 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.

I so enjoyed Eon!  I loved the dragons and the dragon mythology Goodman used.  I was really reminded of the Chinese Zodiac, especially at the beginning.  Actually, I would say that it’s Chinese Zodiac meets dragons.  I  could imagine everything so clearly, and I loved how everything was described.  Plus, Eon’s ability to see all 12 dragons was interesting and definitely unique, but sadly, it was something that wasn’t really explored in the book.  It kind of seemed really important, but sadly, it wasn’t as important as I was expecting.

I just loved the setting!  It’s refreshing to see a a fantasy setting that’s not medieval European-esque.  It’s so imaginative and while I cannot remember the name of the place where Eon lives, it’s still such a great setting.  I could picture everything so clearly, and it really felt like Goodman spent a lot of time working on this imaginative world!  There’s definitely a whole history there, so it’s a little sad we don’t get more of that history.  Like, the Mirror Dragon randomly disappears, and does so for hundreds of years, only to return.  Why did the Mirror Dragon disappear for so long?  And why can Eon see all 12 dragons?  Perhaps that will be answered in the sequel, which I definitely want to read.

So…Eon.  I’m actually pretty neutral about girls disguising themselves as boys, and considering my frustration with girls wanting to be all warrior woman in fantasy novels, I was surprised to find that I actually liked Eon!  She’s definitely an interesting character, and her journey to communicate with her dragon was cliche, but it didn’t bother me in the slightest.  There’s a lot of potential, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  There are a lot of characters, who weren’t what I was expecting!  Sure, there is some predictability there, but for the most part, they were all really interesting characters.  There are a lot of really interesting relationships between all the characters, and I can’t wait to see how some of them play out in the sequel.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Eon.  I loved the dragons, the setting sounds amazing, and the characters are interesting.  I have some unanswered questions, but I am looking forward to reading the sequel.  It’s also nice to see a fantasy setting that’s NOT in medieval Europe and the twist on the Chinese zodiac worked really well!  Eon gets 4 stars.

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