Monday, November 3, 2014

Starring... Eon by Alison Goodman {Review}

Action — a stunning magic system—swordplay galore! 
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 Dragoneye, 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...
Book Rating: 1/2

Fangirling Scale: Gazing at the Stars!

My mood for a high fantasy adventure was satisfied when I picked up this novel. Eon's cover just captures you in a trance and persuades you to read it. (Well, in my opinion!) Those who love the story of Mulan should read this book NOW because Ms. Goodman masterfully writes a dragon-filled world where the main character is not a guy but, a girl

Cover Love: Who doesn't love dragons especially one that belongs to a girl? (I do!) Also, I love how Eon is positioned to raise the Mirror dragon out of its slum. Eon is illustrated to be a boy who knows how to use swords which connects to the Mulan aspect of the story. 

*Heads up: Expect no romance in this book. Eon is a strong kick-butt character that serves as a role model for women who feel powerless to the clutches of men in society. She doesn't need any romance just yet. But, don't be disappointed! (You may receive some in the next book. I promise!)*

Ms. Goodman fairly executes an adventurous and complex world with an empowering woman lead that I admire. Eon, posed as a 12 year old boy training to be a dragoneye, is actually 16 year old girl Eona who as a woman remains to be powerless in her society. The one aspect I admire most about Eona is how she unknowingly proves to the men of her society that women are capable to do the same things as men. Although she does make some bad choices within the book (Some are angering that I kept on yelling at the book, thinking that Eona will hear what I'm saying...), Eona still remains to be a powerful woman lead that all readers should look up to.

I applaud the world that Ms. Goodman has created because you can clearly read that she has thoroughly researched asian traditions and the chinese zodiacs. She cleverly weaves the chinese zodiacs to the type of dragon candidates are vying for in the book. If you are wondering, I am a rabbit dragon. Read the book to find out which dragon you are and embrace your inner hua!

Although the start of the story can be kind of hard to read with the information of Eon's world woven in, the action and adventure does make up for the lost opportunities to fangirl about this book. So, don't fret, I definitely recommend Eon to be your next read! Dragon's wars, and a strong woman lead disguised as a man... Who else can ask for more?

Twinkling Quote: "I had no dragon name, no true power. No hope."

Always looking for the star,

peach sundress ~

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