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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Goodman, Alison

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ISBN: 0142417114     ISBN-13: 9780142417119
Publisher: Firebird
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2010

Annotation: Eon has disguised herself as a boy in order to study Dragon Magic and become a Dragoneye, one of a select group that forms a conduit to the power of energy dragons, but if the secret of her sex comes out, she will be killed.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dragons; Fiction.
Sex role; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010022271
Lexile Measure: 750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.75" W x 1.50" (1.05 lbs) 531 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 126998
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 21.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53296
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 36.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Alison Goodman (www.alisongoodman.com.au), in addition to the Eon/Eona duology, is also the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues and the adult science fiction thriller Killing the Rabbit. She lives with her husband and their hyperactive Jack Russell terrier in Australia.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #2)
Eon is in a fierce competition to be selected as the apprentice to the Rat Dragon (one of twelve who guard the Empire) and is engaged in a dangerous deception. If anyone discovers that he is secretly a she, not only is her death assured, but so is that of her master and sponsor. Eon is least favored among the candidates -- her crippled hip is considered ill fortune -- but she needs to be chosen or face financial ruin, slavery, or worse. Goodman writes deliberately, fleshing out her Japanese- and Chinese-inspired fantasy world with textures and colors, superstitions and mythology, prejudices and taboos, but the narrative is so driven by the impending contest that the protracted setup doesn't drag. Then, at the ceremony, a surprise, and Eon is plunged into the perilous world of court alliances and struggles surrounding the ailing Emperor. The usual girl-dressed-as-a-boy trope gets a weightier-than-usual treatment here, and readers intrigued by gender issues will find plenty of interest in a pair of supporting characters, a eunuch and a male-to-female transsexual. The setting is so richly evoked and the complications so well paced that readers will be drawn on steadily to the bloodbath coup at the climax -- but the outcome of significant developments in this book will only be seen in the projected sequel. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 September #5)

Inspired by Asian culture, Goodman (Singing the Dogstar Blues ) weaves a fantasy with contemporary themes about gender identity and female power. Because women are forbidden to study Dragon magic, 16-year-old Eona disguises herself as Eon, a 12-year-old boy, to compete to be an apprentice Dragoneye, a communicant with one of 12 energy dragons. Crippled years earlier, she is least likely to be chosen. But then the Mirror Dragon, mysteriously absent for 500 years, appears at the competition and selects Eona. Unable to share her secret even with her new friends, the soldier eunuch Ryko and Lady Dela, a "Contraire," or transgender courtier, Eona must confront the corrupt Lord Ido and save the empire from his schemes—and discover how to invoke the power of the Mirror Dragon. Goodman's characters hold built-in appeal for fans of Tamora Pierce (particularly of her Song of the Lioness Quartet), but they go further than Pierce's in staking out their sexuality; the author's plotting is elaborate, smart and capable of taking the audience by surprise. Enthralled readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the story's second half, Eona:The Last Dragoneye , scheduled for 2010. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)

[Page 83]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 January)

Gr 8 Up—In this Asian-inspired fantasy world, political power belongs to the emperor, but also to the Dragoneyes: men who harness the power of the 12 energy dragons named for animals from the Chinese zodiac. Each year, a new one comes to power, and the dragon itself chooses a new apprentice from a pool of 12-year-old boys. Physically lame Eon is thought least likely to be chosen and also has a secret: Eon is truly Eona, a 16-year-old girl. At the ceremony, the Rat Dragon chooses fellow trainee Dillon for the role of apprentice. Eon thinks that all is lost until she sees a dragon no one has seen in 400 years: the Dragon Dragon—also known as the Mirror Dragon. The Mirror Dragon chooses Eon as an apprentice, and because there is no current Mirror Dragoneye, she must serve on the Dragoneye Council herself. She is thus plunged into the dangerous world of the court, which is sharply divided between the emperor and ruthless Lord Ido, the powerful Rat Dragoneye. Fans of Tamora Pierce will appreciate both the strong female protagonist and the cast of shrewd misfits who support her. Although the pace is initially slow, patient readers will be rewarded with high-stakes action in a well-crafted fantasy universe. A second volume will follow, but this one has an ending satisfying enough that readers will not feel cheated.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library

[Page 102]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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