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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

By: Alison Goodman

For years, Eon-formerly Eona-has been training to become a Dragoneye, learning how to manipulate Hua, the natural energy that exists in all things, while concealing her true identity as a girl. But when her dreams come true and the Mirror Dragon, the most powerful dragon in the energy world, selects her as a Dragoneye, she realizes that she has underestimated the cost of her deception. Not only would her secret, if exposed, cost her her life, but it could also be used to bring down the Emperor. Author's note. Dragoneye zodiac.

ISBN: 9780670062270

JLG Release: Mar 2009


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape
Topics: Dragons , Energy , Combat training , Menstruation , Being crippled , Traditions , Swords , Social hierarchies , Rebellions , Friendship , Girls dressing as boys , Drugs , Castration , Ancestor worship , Competition , Selection ceremonies , Court politics , Transvestites , Bodyguards , Power struggles , Stolen property , Steroids , Writing systems , Poison , Death , Loss , Mourning , Inheritance , Controlling weather , Secrets , Sexual attacks , Letting others down , Coups , Battles , Disguises , Torture , Becoming strong , Joining an army

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Awards & Honors

ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; Amelia Bloomer List 2010; IRA Young Adult Choices for 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Eon, in competition to be apprentice to the Rat Dragon, is engaged in a dangerous deception: if anyone discovers that he is a she, her death is assured. Goodman fleshes out the Japanese- and Chinese-inspired fantasy world with textures and colors, superstitions and mythology. Readers will be drawn on steadily but will have to wait for the projected Eon, in competition to be apprentice to the Rat Dragon, is engaged in a dangerous deception: if anyone discovers that he is a she, her death is assured. Goodman fleshes out the Japanese- and Chinese-inspired fantasy world with textures and colors, superstitions and mythology. Readers will be drawn on steadily but will have to wait for the projected sequel for resolution.

Junior Library Guild

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is a complex fantasy filled with fascinating political intrigue and dramatic fight scenes. The elaborate and richly imagined world is inspired by the history and cultures of China and Japan, but Alison Goodman writes in an author’s note that it “soon became a land of imagination with no claim to historical or cultur Eon: Dragoneye Reborn is a complex fantasy filled with fascinating political intrigue and dramatic fight scenes. The elaborate and richly imagined world is inspired by the history and cultures of China and Japan, but Alison Goodman writes in an author’s note that it “soon became a land of imagination with no claim to historical or cultural authenticity.”

While the book is sure to appeal to the devoted fantasy fans the title and cover will attract, this remarkable and intricately woven novel will also satisfy a wider audience. The story revolves around a feisty heroine and explores the complexities of gender roles with insight and depth. Eon’s years-long masquerade as a boy leads her to suppress her own identity: “I could not afford to let Eona come forward and bring her troubling desires into my mind.”

Although Eon has extraordinary powers—which she isn’t fully aware of or able to comprehend—she is also an approachable character who worries that she doesn’t stand a chance to become a Dragoneye. At the same time, her devotion to friends puts her incontrovertibly on the side of the good guys and will in turn cause readers to root for her.

Filled with suspense, the plot is never obscured by the detailed world that it inhabits. Instead, Goodman’s vivid prose pulls readers along on a consistently fast-paced ride. The ending provides a satisfying resolution to many of the issues raised in the story. It also clearly lays the groundwork for a sequel that readers will eagerly await.

Book Details

ISBN

9780670062270

First Release

March 2009

Genre

Fantasy.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 21;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.6; Points: 31;

Lexile

Level 750L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

Topics

Dragons, Energy, Combat training, Menstruation, Being crippled, Traditions, Swords, Social hierarchies, Rebellions, Friendship, Girls dressing as boys, Drugs, Castration, Ancestor worship, Competition, Selection ceremonies, Court politics, Transvestites, Bodyguards, Power struggles, Stolen property, Steroids, Writing systems, Poison, Death, Loss, Mourning, Inheritance, Controlling weather, Secrets, Sexual attacks, Letting others down, Coups, Battles, Disguises, Torture, Becoming strong, Joining an army,

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