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Violent China-influenced fantasy led by strong girl hero. Read Common Sense Media’s Eon: Dragoneye Reborn review, age rating, and parents guide. The Dragons are elemental beings that are able to manipulate Hua- the natural energy that exists in all things. Each dragon is aligned with one of the heavenly. Eon, a twelve-year-old boy, 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.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eon by Alison Goodman. 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: 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 Hardcoverpages.

Award Honor List To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eonplease sign up. I don’t get it What was the dragons name???? She already tried eona while bathing once. Lynn Aoude This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ The dragon’s name was Eona. She’s the Mirror dragon, so dragon and dragoneye have the same name. As for trying Eona while bathing, Eona wasn’t …more The dragon’s name was Eona.

As for trying Eona while bathing, Eona wasn’t actually calling the dragon, she was calling her own name, secret at the time, in hopes that the dragon might stir.

She did not actually acknowledge the fact that she is a girl, even when whispering her true name, which also didn’t help. Is this book great or what!?!?

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Lists with This Book. Sep 02, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: Vivid, rebborn and highly imaginative. But you might want to make sure you have the even more amazing sequel lined up for when you’re done.

How refreshing it is to be completely surprised by a story, to not be able to predict where the plot will take me next, to not be bombarded with insta-love and cringy romance.

I cannot tell you how often while reading this I said a silent thanks to Ms Goodman for being so original.

The politics of this book also drew me in; in a way that many other fantasy books completely failed to do. It was so interesting. The aristocracy here is full of liars and backstabbers and people out for what they could get.

This combined with the fantasy aspect of the dragons – which I didn’t really expect to love that much – was superb. It was the perfect blend of political upheaval and magic. In this exciting new world, Eon is one of the candidates to become the next Dragoneye apprentice.


He knows his chances of success are slim after being crippled, but it’s much more than that. Because Eon is actually Eona, a girl, forbidden to be a Dragoneye warrior and facing certain death if her secret is uncovered.

In a bizarre series of events, Eona ends up being thrown into the limelight, blackmailed and used as a weapon by opposing sides, and caught in the middle of a battle for power that she may be the only one with the ability to stop.

She is the kind of heroine that you really want to succeed and it matters a great deal what happens to her and where this story takes her.

There are not many books as unique and enchanting as this one and the sequel is all of that and more. View all 34 comments.

I hardly ever read straightforward fantasy, but every once in awhile a book comes along that blows right past all my usual objections to become a new favorite. As gently but strongly as a wisp of incense, Eon beckoned until I was completely in the thrall of its magic, and I hate to think how sad my life would be if didn’t have this vividly imaginative novel in it.

For years, year-old Eon has been training to be a Dragoneye apprentice, a coveted position in which the student serves as the condu I hardly ever read straightforward fantasy, but every once in awhile a book comes along that blows right past all my usual objections to become a new favorite. For years, year-old Eon has been training to be a Dragoneye apprentice, a coveted position in which the student serves as the conduit between energy dragons and the human world.

Eon’s whole way of life is cloaked in secrecy and danger, however, because Eon is actually Eona–a girl forced by necessity to live her life as a boy. If her secret were discovered, her life would be danger, as well as the lives of those around her. To make impossible odds even more impossible, Eona is also crippled, so the deck is very much stacked against her.

But on the day the apprentices are chosen, it is revealed that Eona has the unusual ability of seeing all the energy dragons, not just one–and she is chosen by the powerful Mirror Dragon, a being that has not been seen in hundreds of years. There are gorgeous dragons and epic sword battles, all against the backdrop of an incredible setting that takes its influences from a blend of Japanese and Chinese cultures, but is still a unique world of its own. I really like the idea of stories with girls disguised as boys, and though the concept is certainly nothing newit’s definitely not something we see too much in young adult literature.

What makes this an exceptional book is the intricate tapestry of characters and themes that are deftly woven together, as well richly textured and evocative writing. You can practically hear the whisper of heavy silk robes and see the glow of majestic dragons as you read this book, and every night when I closed my eyes, I kept thinking about the creak of wooden wagons and the clang of swords that I’d read about that day.

You are wrong when you say there is no power in being a woman. When I think of my mother and the women in my tribe, and the hidden women in the harem, I know there are many types of power in this world I found power in accepting the truth of who I am.

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It may not be a truth that others can accept, but I cannot live any other way. For me, the book’s greatest strength is its depiction of gender and the roles that women play in a parochial society. This is definitely a novel for mature young adult fans because of the situations and themes explored with transgendered characters, eunuchs, forced intimacy, and physical assault.


I found it fascinating that the author chose to write a book focusing on a world where power is forbidden to women, and my favorite character was the indelible Lady Dela, Eona’s “contraire” mentor who is a man living as a woman Who could fail to be intrigued by such a scenario?

And who could fail to admire the gutsiness of a YA author in exploring such impossible loves? The book is by no means perfect, however.

Eon has a problem connecting with her dragon, and as soon as the problem was presented, I knew immediately–as I suspect most readers will–what the issue was. So it was frustrating to watch her further sabotage herself for several hundred pages before she finally realizes what the solution is near the end.

As frustrating as the novel occasionally became–and it is admittedly very slow in the middle–I really, really liked this one.

It’s so uncommon to find a book with such an engaging fantasy story and an intriguing heroine, let alone one that also seamlessly blends magic, a historical feel, and thought-provoking themes. And the fact that this also happens to be a YA novel means that it’s a very rare animal indeed. I’d strongly recommend picking up Eon if you find the synopsis even remotely appealing; I think most readers will be just as enthralled as I was.

And yes, yes, I will attempt to put my thoughts down on paper at some point. View all comments.

Apr 13, Vinaya rated it really liked it Shelves: This book and I have a long and complicated history. She told me I HAD to read it, and as I tend to do with most paperbacks, I shoved it in the black hole I call a bookcase and promptly forgot it existed. Fast forward two years later, to when my book goddess Tatiana writes a glowing review of a fantasy novel called Eon: Enthusiastic as always, I rush off to order the book, and while I’m waiting eagerly for it to arrive, I decide to sort through the overflowing mess of books in my room.

I come across The Two Pearls of Wisdom, and while I’m dragoeye flipping pages, a name leaps out and stabs me in the eye. I read the synopsis in disbelief and log on to Goodreads to see that my terrible suspicion is true. The Two Pearls of Wisdom is, in dragineye, the original title of Eon: As I said, this book inspired a variety of emotions in me, most of them extreme.

Seriously, when I was halfway through the story, I thought I might have an rebprn and splatter my overtaxed brains across the walls. Now there’s a pretty image for you! Eon is not an easy character to like. He doesn’t have the easy courage of a Katniss, or the admirable and stoic, heroism of a Harry Potter. He is a little too real, if there can be such dgagoneye thing.

As the deborn victim of political intrigue and power games, he is unwilling to accept the responsibility that has been thrust upon him. Expecting reborm be an apprentice, one of twelve and schooled by a Dragoneye, he is instead thrust into the position of Co-Ascendant, expected to govern the Council and prevent the usurpation of the Emperor’s throne.

While Eon’s fright and denial of the burden placed on him were beautifully drawn, and only mildly irritating, dragonete was his attempts to reach his dragon that truly tried my patience.

As a reader, you are well aware that Eon’s continued consumption of the Sun drug, and his denial of his femininity, are distancing him from his dragon; dragoney since Eon continues to struggle against this obvious conclusion for several chapters, it leads to a sort of hideous, helpless frustration on the poor reader’s part.