Release Date: May 2008
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Eon #1
Received From: Bought
Eon–the award-winning crossover fantasy that soars!
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 had been looking forward to reading Eon by Alison Goodman for some time. It had been calling to me from the bottom of my bookshelf, but I knew that I needed time. I needed to wait until there wasn’t 17 review books giving me the side eye and enough time to fully dedicate myself to this 500+ page fantasy novel. I knew that it was going to take some time to read, as most fantasy novels do. When I finally immersed myself in the world of Eon I enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as I had hoped.
The world building takes a lot of time in this book. I didn’t think it was tedious, though. I found the Dragon lore and the Imperial court all very interesting. I had no problems with the first half of the novel when all the world building takes place, but they second half seemed to drag a little. Not too bad, but I did find myself getting impatient with the story from time to time.
I also didn’t love Eon/Eona. I found her to be only okay. I also thought it was a little disconcerting that sometimes I completely forgot that she was a girl. She was very convincing as Eon and I think that made it hard for me to connect to her. My favorite characters were probably Rilla, Lady Dela, and Ryko. The seems much more passionate and believable than Eon.
I did have some issues with Eon, but for the most part it kept turning pages. It was good enough to finish and that’s saying a lot since it’s so long. I’ve heard that Eona is better so I’m looking forward to that.