Twelve-year-old Eon is in the running to become the next Dragoneye, the intercessor between man and the energy dragons. Eon has a secret: Eon is actually Eona, a year-old girl forced by qualification to live her life as a boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic and her consequences would be dire if she were ever discovered. Worse than being female, she is also a cripple, which puts her beneath the other Dragoneye contenders. Now, Eona must hide her femininity and transcend her disability to avoid suspicion, all while being caught in the middle of a political battle for power divided by the emperor and the ruthless Lord Ido.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eon by Alison Goodman. 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 Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Award Honor List Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eon , please sign up. There are 12 animal dragon representing different parts of the year cycle. But then there's another lost mirror dragon, which would make 13 dragons, but it still says 12 dragons, so what?
Tom There are 12 energy dragons, each representing one of the 12 lunar new year animals: snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, ra …more There are 12 energy dragons, each representing one of the 12 lunar new year animals: snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, and dragon.
The mirror dragon is just another name for the energy dragon representing the dragon. They are the same dragon. I don't get it What was the dragons name???? She already tried eona while bathing once.
Lynn 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 actuall …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. See all 22 questions about Eon…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Eon, 1. Sep 02, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult , Vivid, colourful 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 36 comments. Shelves: aussies , young-adult , favorites , mature-ya , lgbtqi , fantasy , poc , asian , costume-fiction , action-packed. 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 new , it'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.
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 I mean, really!
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.
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It follows the story of Eon, who has potential to become a Dragoneye, being able to control wind, water and land. However, Eon is actually a female concealed as a boy, and with females forbidden, she becomes a dangerous gamble. Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be selected as apprentice to a Dragoneye. Dragoneyes are the human links to the twelve dragons of good fortune, who provide energy to the earth. However, circumstance does not favour Eon; he is a cripple and despised by the trainers and other candidates for the ceremony. They believe his disability embodies bad luck and try to distance themselves, all except a boy named Dillon who is also bullied for his small size. Eon's master, Heuris Brannon, places all his hope and dwindling wealth into his pupil, who is able to see all twelve dragons in minds' sight.
Added by 9 of our members. Eon is a potential Dragoneye, able to manipulate wind and water to nurture and protect the land. But Eon also has a dark secret. He is really Eona, found by a power-hungry master of the Dragon Magic in a search for the new Dragoneye.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn