Publisher: Viking Children's Books
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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.Eon was unlike any YA epic fantasy I've read before! It wove fantasy and Asian mythology together seamlessly, creating a world I easily fell in love with.
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.
Eona was a refreshing change to the usual sword-wielding YA heroine. Instead of being physically strong and powerful, she was quite terribly crippled with a damaged hip . Yet, even in that state, she pushed through the pain and fought against it. Not only does she have to fight her foes in this book, but also herself at times. It was inspiring to see her prevail even as the world was seemingly going against her.
Despite the 500+ pages, not once was I bored with the plot. Goodman's writing was so descriptive and engrossing that it was hard to put down. I really loved that this book was fully fleshed out. Goodman's descriptions built a complete picture of the world adding depth and understanding to the story.
With lovable characters, a thrilling plot, and beautiful descriptions, Eon has left me pining for the next book, Eona.
If you liked Graceling by Kristin Cashore then you'll like Eon by Alison Goodman.