Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: August 1, 2008
Series: Dragoneye Series (1)
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She has a powerful secret…
with deadly consequences.
For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he 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; the penalty is death.
When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to taker her magic…and her life.
Eon has been masquerading as a boy in hopes of becoming the next Rat Dragon Master Apprentice. But during the picking ceremony, the long lost Mirror Dragon appears and catapults Eon into a position of Co-ascendant Dragon Master. In the midst of treachery and political posturing, Eon must learn to embrace the truth in order to harness the power of the Mirror Dragon and save the Emporer and his beloved Empire.
Seriously when I first began reading this book I didn’t think that I would really enjoy it. I’m happy to say I have never been more wrong. It starts a bit slow, but as I read on I was more and more intrigued. And by the time the Mirror Dragon appeared, I was completely and totally invested in this story and it’s characters.
As Eon is suddenly catapulted from servant or slave to Lord, he has to very quickly learn how to navigate his very new, and very treacherous political arena. Learning how to control his dragon becomes imperative as the Rat Dragon Master Ido and the Emperor’s half brother Sethon scheme and plot to take the power of all 12 Dragoneyes and the throne.
But the history of the Mirror Dragon has largely been lost for some 500 years and Eon is at a loss to realize how to even call his Dragon to him. As the book goes on, the key to the secret of the Mirror Dragon becomes glaringly obvious to the reader. But despite this, it is frustratingly wonderful to accompany Eon on his journey to power and self discovery.
I really enjoyed the characters, even the villains. They were fully fleshed out and completely necessary to the story. Also, I admire that the author touched on and included sensitive issues such as gender identity, deformities, and disabilities through her characters.
Overall I really loved this book and immediately began the follow up Eona. Review to come soon.
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