Monday, September 21, 2009

Eon:Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman - ADVISABLE

Goodman, Alison Eon: Dragoneye Reborn 536pgs. Viking Juvenile (Penguin)

Language~PG, Sexual Content~PG-13; Violence~PG-13

Twelve year old Eon is about to undertake the test of his life. He has been training for his chance to be chosen by the ascendant dragon as a Dragoneye Apprentice. He eagerly trains despite his lame hip that causes him pain and hinders him in his training. He is somewhat special for he can already see the energies of all the dragons. But despite this fact, no one expects him to be chosen. Eon also hides a secret. He is really a she. Women are forbidden from training for or becoming Dragoneyes. It is a man’s world and women have no part, in fact they are considered bad luck. If she is caught it will mean death for her and her master and his household. When the judgment day comes Eon is not chosen by the ascendant dragon. He is chosen by the mystical Mirror dragon that has been absent for 500 years. This is unheard of and the Dragoneye council is unsure of how to proceed. Aside from all of this the Emperor is ill and his empire is threatened by a coup de ta from within. The Emperor places all hope on Eon and his ability to call the mirror dragon and work its power. However, Eon has been unable to call his dragon.

This is an exciting new tale of dragons, magic, and their bonds with humans. It is also an intriguing tale of a girl trying to live in a man’s world. The history is fictional, but could be ancient Japan or China. There are eunuchs and men living as women in this story, but all are secondary to the main plot. There is also an attempted rape, but it does not happen and little is described. Overall a fantastic new story.

MS, HS - ADVISABLE Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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