Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Whoohoo! Finally read Eon by Alison Goodman! And yes, this book is as good as everyone says it is. It is action-packed and exhilarating and terrifying and well-written...all that good stuff. The story is very much like a more mature version of Disney's Mulan. So if you like that story, you will love this book.
The book follows a sixteen year old girl, Eona (or her male name: Eon) as she prepares for the next Ascendance of a dragoneye. Every year a new apprentice is selected by that year's dragon to learn the ways of the dragoneye and harness the power of the dragon. No girls have ever been allowed into this ritual so Eon can never be found out without facing the penalty of death to not only herself but her master and the few friends she has. She is also crippled so she is the least favored candidate. I don't think this will really spoil anything about the book, but obviously she gets selected by a dragon and is treated like royalty for a majority of the book. She goes through the normal acts of becoming a dragoneye and a part of the royal counsel, all the while being terrifying of being discovered as a female. Needless to say this book is a heartpounding story.
The characters in this book are unforgettable. Eon herself is constantly down on herself for even being a girl and being crippled that by the end, if nothing else you just want her to feel comfortable in her own skin. It is definitely a nail-biter down to the very end as to whether she gets discovered or not. Her master plays her father figure in this book and he is one of those characters that you are questioning his intentions at the back of your mind the whole time. His role is very ambiguous. Rilla is her friend from the beginning and becomes Eon's body servant and the only one who knows the truth about her. She plays the role of a true friend to Eon. Other great characters come about as well, such as Lady Dela who is a transgender woman who helps Eon truly become who she is. Lord Ido is the antagonist in this book. His main goals are to overthrow the government and take over the rule himself, he abuses the dragon power. And you basically just want to slap him. Phenomenal characters and character development throughout this whole book.
The writing is beautiful as well. It keeps you at the edge of you seat while you're reading, while at the same time, describing this world in such detail you are thrown into the story. The descriptions are gorgeous and the action-packed scenes are heartpounding. Overall, amazing writing.
5 out of 5 stars, top shelf, amazing. That's all I have to say.