Series: Eon #1
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on December 26th 2008
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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...and her life.
Well my book nerds, I don’t quite know what to think. Overall, this novel was certainly not what I was expecting. I’m giving it a solid three stars because there was aspects of this story that I enjoyed – the plot was unique, the Asian influence really interesting – but it fell short with consistency. To put it shortly: this novel really suffered from erratic pacing. The first fifty pages were slow, then the next hundred would fly by, followed by another slow seventy five, picking up the next fifty, slow thirty, to rocket finish. It was so tempting to put down and start another book multiple times, only the plot and the curiosity that I had to see where it might go led me, reluctantly, further. Reading the Goodreads reviews on this novel I had had high hopes, recently I feel like hyped books have been falling flat for me – and I still can’t tell if it’s just me or if it’s something else. Regardless, this novel was entertaining. Our main character Eon/Eona is a girl posing as a boy so she can gain entrance into the Dragoneye apprenticeship. Though I found her narration a bit cold, she makes a surprising character arc throughout the novel that has me definitely wanting to pick up book two. Her relationship with her Master and the other apprentices was well paced, I loved her understanding with Dillon and rivalry with her co-apprentice. Goodman did a great job of creating a slow burning and interesting bits political drama into this as well as building a very clear new fantasy world that I quite enjoyed exploring. She also did a great job of keeping the MC narration in step with a girl posing as a boy. Really cool plot idea, very complex, but entertaining none the less!
I think I may give this one another go in a few months, because I walked away feeling like I missed something within those pages! If it’s been on your long standing TBR as it was mine, give it a go! Ignoring the pacing, this really was a cool story and one I’m looking forward to finishing when I can get around to book two.
What are your thoughts? Have you read this one? Let me know down in the comments!