Eon

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Eon—the award-winning crossover fantasy that soars!

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.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is ...

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Overview

Read Alison Goodman's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

Eon—the award-winning crossover fantasy that soars!

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Rachel Hartigan Shea
Quickly paced and full of surprising twists, Eon transcends standard fantasy fare because author Alison Goodman focuses on the intrigue—poison, secret tunnels, rebellious eunuchs—in the lush imperial palace, and on the way this young girl eventually realizes that she must embrace her female self, her "Moon energy," in order to prevail.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Booklist
Entangled politics and fierce battle scenes provide a pulse-quickening pace, while the intriguing characters add interest and depth . . . Readers will clamor for the sequel. -starred review
Parents Express
Fans of Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix will be riveted by this fast-paced gender-bending fantasy. Goodman's rousing mix of swordplay, magic, adventure, and Asian astrology is inventive and enthralling.
Shelf Awareness
There are plenty of surprises in this book. The thoughtfully imagined world and riveting adventure Goodman brought to her debut Singing the Dogstar Blues she now brings to the ancient past in Asia. The best way to begin is when you can read it straight through to the end (and then you'll want to start over to see how well Goodman planted the seeds for her many revelations.)
—Jennifer Brown
London The Times
A refreshing change from the generic. This intelligent, vividly written tale grips from the first page.
Australia Courier Mail
Alison Goodman has created a wonderfully well-rounded story in this, the first of a duology set in a faux Asian world. [EON
Australia The Age
Goodman has produced an action-packed, well-plotted and acutely imagined fantasy that draws on the popularity of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Anyone who enjoys kung-fu movies will devour this book.
VOYA - Lucy Freeman
Goodman perfectly balances intense action scenes with the thoughtful musings of the narrator Eon. Readers will feel intimately close to each fascinating yet still realistic character. Do not be put off by the first several chapters; the terminology and rituals are baffling at first. After several chapters, however, the universe created by Goodman appeals to all readers and not just fantasy fans. Admirers will anxiously await what is sure to be an exhilarating sequel. Reviewer: Lucy Freeman, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Geri Diorio
In a land with supernatural dragons, it is a thing of power and wonder to be a Dragoneye. Dragoneyes are men of wealth and authority who control the dragons. A time of choosing is coming, and Eon, a Dragoneye candidate, and his master are risking everything on his being selected by a dragon. Eon harbors great secrets. He can see all twelve dragons when most Dragoneyes can only see one. But more critically, Eon is actually Eona, a fifteen-year-old girl posing as a twelve-year-old boy. If she is found out, she and her master will be killed for their deception. Eon gains power, finds friends in high places and enemies in higher ones, and must grow up quickly. The book ends with a cliffhanger, assuring a sequel. Goodman creates a medieval, Asian-tinged world with unique mythology and magic that nonetheless feels genuine. Eon faces real enemies, has bona fide relationships, and must overcome authentic problems. The powers Eon has tapped into are elemental, difficult to control, and scary. The politics with which she plays are bigger than life, and their consequences are frightening. The grown-up sensibility to this story goes beyond politics though; in Goodman's society, eunuchs and transgendered people are not uncommon and earthy language about the body is part of everyday speech. Mature fantasy readers, as well as fans of political intrigue, such as readers of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, will enjoy this one very much. Reviewer: Geri Diorio
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Eon knows his chance of becoming the Rat Dragoneye is almost nonexistent. Crippled by an old injury, he can scarcely manage the sword forms Dragoneye candidates perform. More importantly, everybody knows that Dragons won't choose girls, and that's just what Eon is, though he-she-has been in disguise for so many years she barely remembers what it means to be female. Indeed, the Rat Dragon doesn't choose Eon; the Mirror Dragon, lost for more than 500 years, chooses him instead. Raised instantly from slave to lord, Eon is thrust into deadly court politics. In a fantasy world loosely and uneasily based on Imperial China, Eon's unexpected presence disturbs those who would overthrow the Emperor. Fast-paced excitement carries Eon through this tension-packed adventure, where victory can only come with self-knowledge. It's too bad this excellent portrayal of a disabled action-heroine concludes by retroactively turning disability into a metaphor for ignorance. Nonetheless, this adventure, filled with intrigue, friendships, combat and magical allies, is a winner. (Fantasy. 12-14)First printing of 100,000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142417119
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 91,701
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    EON bursts with promise, setting the stage of a wondrous and fam

    EON bursts with promise, setting the stage of a wondrous and familiar Asian-inspired world where dragons are essential to maintaining peace, balance and harmony.

    I applaud the efforts of Goodman to cast her heroine as a cripple. She does a lovely job of keeping faith with the difficulties of being lame without it feeling forced. I also enjoyed the edgy quality that carried the flavor of Tamora Pierce. The topics explored are definitely for an older YA audience and I'm sure many adults looking for a good yarn will enjoy this story.

    Do not expect to be amazed by a brilliant, new writing style or concept. While Goodman does a compelling job of telling Eon's story, and excels in keeping a predictable story entertaining and interesting, the story has been told before, many, many times. She does a creditable job of creating a believable world with strong Asian connections with her own style.

    Above all, this is a story of a girl, masquerading as a boy, learning to be true to herself. If you enjoy Tamora Pierce's Alanna stories, tales of dragons, Asian lore and culture - I am sure you will enjoy EON and EONA.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Great Book

    I loved the book and I can't wait to read the 2nd one.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    I was really disappointed by this book. It has such a promising

    I was really disappointed by this book. It has such a promising and unique plot, but the heroine was such a let down. I'm all for the main character having flaws (it makes them more personable), but I don't ever like being disappointed in their morals. (**Spoiler Alert: She does drugs)

    I also thought the built up tension of finding the dragon's name was UNBEARABLE! I almost had to stop reading the book. The tension lasted way too long for my taste, and I was ready for the plot to move along!

    6 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Good Concept, but...

    I was so excited when I found this book and started reading it; the beginning was excellent and I couldn't put it down. As I continued reading, though, it seemed to keep getting duller and duller. Eona wasn't turning out to be quite the heroine I thought she was going to be. Just as soon as it started to pick up again, it ended. (The ending was very gripping, just like the beginning. What happened to the middle?) I think it was an excellent idea though, I applaud Goodman for that. I was getting so tired of seeing all the vampire books on the shelves. Yuck! I did like this book, I was just a bit disappointed. If you're looking for a good, STRONG heroine, read a Tamora Pierce book

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

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    Dragons, Emperors and Girls in Disguise, Oh My! Crippled Eon is

    Dragons, Emperors and Girls in Disguise, Oh My!

    Crippled Eon is in training to become a candidate for the Rat Dragon’s apprentice; one of the greatest honors in the kingdom. Gifted with rare full dragon sight Eon can see each of the dragons, except of course the Mirror Dragon who has been missing for 500 years. On the day of choosing no one in the kingdom expects the “cursed cripple” to be chosen, but Eon has another reason for thinking he might not be chosen, Eon is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl. Females cannot take part in the Dragonseye ceremonies, on pain of death. When the Mirror Dragon resurfaces and chooses Eona everything in her life is thrown into chaos. Plunged into a dangerous world she doesn’t understand and unable to call upon her dragon, Eona must carefully navigate the twists and turns of the palace for the sake of her allies and the Prince Kygo, otherwise much more than her life will be lost.

    I purchased this book without knowing practically anything about it on the recommendation of a very enthusiastic store employee during a book buying frenzy. So when I started to read it I only knew the very basics without my usual research and couldn’t help, but be concerned. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The mythology is very well developed and thought out. Goodman even managed to nicely mix the mythological elements with the political intrigue. Her characters are charismatic, multi-dimensional, and each one has their very own agenda. The story is rather complex with a large host of characters interacting and contributing so you do really have to pay attention. I would not call this book a light, easy read, but it is worth the effort to keep everything straight.

    This book is very interesting and did a good enough job pulling me in that I am now in search of “Eona”, the next one in the series. The recommended reading age says 12 and up, but personally I think a little older would be better, at least 13 or 14, so the reader can fully grasp the content.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!

    Such a good book! Couldn't put it down. I was so amazed about what happened in the end! So awesome

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    This was a fantastic book that draws you in and takes you on its

    This was a fantastic book that draws you in and takes you on its
    adventure. Definitely a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    My daughter and I have read the first two books and all I can sa

    My daughter and I have read the first two books and all I can say is
    wow, we really enjoyed them. Hope there is another book coming. Thank
    you for writing such great books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Awesome

    I really enjoyed this book

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    A real page turner!

    Eon is a real page turner! I could not put it down for a moment! Keep up the good work, Alison Goodman!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    One of My Favorites

    I had my doubts about whether or not I would like this book, but shortly into it I was hooked. It was so good I found myself wondering, how has this book not received more attention?! Why didn¿t I read this book sooner? With awe inspiring dragons, formidable characters, a vivid setting, and a skillfully crafted story, this epic first book in a duology is now one my favorite books of all time. Alison Goodman made me a fan for life.

    Strongly influenced by ancient Asian cultures, Eon is set in a detail rich world ruled by an imperial family but balanced by the powerful Dragoneyes. Through a bargain with the twelve energy dragons, the Dragoneyes connect with their spirit dragon to wield power, control the elements, and much more.

    In training to become an apprentice to the Rat Dragon, Eon has the odds stacked against him. His broken hip makes him walk with a limp making it difficult for him to walk let alone practice the dragon art of fighting. To top it off, Eon is really Eona, a girl and therefore forbidden to practice the dragon art. An act punishable by death. The one thing working in her favor is her dragon sight, the rare ability to see all the energy dragons. She can only hope that the Rat Dragon chooses her as his apprentice.

    Eon/a is a complex heroine. She is strong and intelligent yet flawed by her inclination to be dishonest and her lack of trust in others. She weaves a dangerous web of lies in her fight for survival and, at times, this is very frustrating. There are many moments where I wanted to yell at her to snap her out of it. While at the same time, you understand her situation and her reasoning. That being said, in the end, Eona became one my favorite heroines.

    Eon is technically considered a young adult book but, to me, the story reaches beyond young adults to older audiences as well. Goodman¿s world is exceptional and you will find yourself captivated by the rich culture and unique mythology. I enjoyed this book so much that once finished it, I immediately (the same day) bought the next book, Eona: The Last Dragoneye.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    This book is amazing at least read the last couple sentences

    This book will captivate you and launch you into a world where love fear desire and power hold sway of most of the empire of the celestial dragons. You should stop using this book to chat with each other and role play. The people who do quote rps un quote are such freaking drama nerds. Go find somwhere else mess off

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Darkpaw

    The cat prowled around.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Idk

    Havnt read it but excited to. 8D

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Eon

    Good book, very much enjoyed it and would like to see more from Alison Goodman. I know I liked it as I was a bit disappointed that the story ended with only two books! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    great read!

    33 and loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Amazing!

    "It's all in a name." Never has that been more true. This book pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the final page, and even then you are left wanting more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Fantastic!!

    I loved this book! The plot is weaved together so well, with twists and turns that will keep you turning those pages! If you're the type to visualize the story as you read like I am, you'll really enjoy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

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    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    I LOVED IT!!!!! Now this did take me awhile to read cause it started off really slow. But then it got good, then really good, and better and better and then it got freaking awesome!!!! In this book there is action, there is suspense, mystery, twist and turns that i NEVER saw coming!!! Like I was thinking it went one way… Then it went the other way! Just really good writing!! ¿¿ So as you can tell I really loved this book!! And I did ¿¿ I am just SO happy that I ordered the second one and it was delivered yesterday, so I can start it tomorrow!!

    Oh and there where Dragons!! ¿¿¿¿¿¿ And not just Dragons… Spirit Dragons!!!! ¿¿¿¿ OH YEAH!!!! Oh and Ninja fighting ¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Eon

    A crasy good book. eona

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