Parents' Guide to

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violent China-influenced fantasy led by strong girl hero.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
This book and its sequel were a very formative experience in my transition into a teenager. It tackles some mature topics with grace and tact, especially ones relating to gender (the main character has to pretend to be a boy and there is a trans woman). It is not terribly violent when compared to other books that were in my middle schools library either. All round a nice read and would highly recommend.

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Is It Any Good?

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The good: This is an exciting story set in an original world based on Asian myths and customs, rather than the usual European ones. This gives everything, from the rules of magic to the political intrigue and caste protocols, a different flavor, and makes the whole thing seem fresh and new. Eon, rescued from the salt mines and used by everyone who knows her for their own purposes, is a fascinating character: a well-meaning girl whose entire life is based on lies and who is a danger to everyone she cares about.

The not-so-good: First, the plot is driven by the weakest device in the authorial bag of tricks: smart people behaving stupidly. It's just irritating to the reader when the main character keeps on making obvious mistakes. When readers can so easily see what's wrong and what's coming, they have to wonder why the character can't. Second, the last-minute conversion of one of the villains is not believable, even with magical intervention. And third, like so many fat fantasies, it sags in the middle -- some editorial tightening up would have been helpful. So the upshot is: it's fun and enjoyable, but could have been much better. It ends at a cliffhanger (another annoying author trick), so perhaps the sequel will be better done.

Book Details

  • Author: Alison Goodman
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: December 26, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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