Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

 
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Violent China-influenced fantasy led by strong girl hero.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Families can compare European- and
Asian-influenced fantasy. They can also debate whether there is any difference between realistic violence and fantasy-based violence.

Positive messages

Good against evil as the Emperor's brother and the ascendant Dragoneye conspire to take over the kingdom, and Eon stands in their way.

Positive role models

Readers may be pleased that it's Eon who leads this fantasy tale. Not only is she physically handicapped, she is also secretly a girl.

Violence

A lot, and, especially in the climactic battles, which are quite graphic and bloody. A man is stabbed and can see his own guts, another is stabbed in the throat; descriptions of beheaded bodies, old men kicked to bloody pulps, graphic sword battles and killing, torture; a man is held down and stabbed through the hand. Teens and adults are punched and kicked. A man forces himself on a teen girl, kisses her, pulls her clothes off, and nearly rapes her.

Sex

Much talk of, and characters who are, eunuchs, mentions of castration and gelding, and another major character who is transsexual. References to menstruation.

Language

One use of "bitch."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A girl takes one drug to prevent menstruation, and another that has effects and side-effects similar to performance-enhancing drugs. Teens drink wine and get drunk

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book gets very violent and gory near the end, though this violence takes place in a fantasy setting. Also, one major character is a eunuch and another is a transsexual, both of which are accepted in the fantasy culture of this story, as are the rigidly maintained gender roles. There's an attempted rape and references to menstruation and castration. Readers may be excited that this series starter has a female protagonist, and have fun comparing European- and
Asian-influenced fantasy.

What's the story?

Crippled Eon competes with 11 other 12-year-old boys to become the next Dragoneye apprentice. But Eon has a secret: she is not a 12-year-old boy, she is a 16-year-old girl. This year's competition is to bond with the Rat Dragon, and in this Eon fails. But to everyone's surprise, the Mirror Dragon, missing for 500 years, reappears and bonds with Eon. This throws her into the midst of political and military intrigue, as the Emperor's brother and the ascendant Dragoneye conspire to take over the kingdom, and Eon stands in their way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about European- and

  • Asian-influenced fantasy.  How is the use of magic

  • different? What elements are common to all fantasies?

  • This book features a lot of violence, but it takes place in a fantasy setting. Does that make it different or easier to handle?

Book details

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

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHennadragon June 10, 2011
 

Great book!!!

If your kid is an advanced reader and can understand the material, a great read. Again, know your kid.
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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byZimmingJuly August 20, 2012
 

Loved it!!!

I thought this book was really good!! i loved it! you just have to be kinda careful it had some really violent parts... and also Ido attempts to rape Eona around the end and that part was kinda... yeah. It was "A little dog poop in your brownie" as my mom would say haha but it was good! just have to pick out the poop. Just know your kid really for it
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Too much violence
Too much sex
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Teen, 14 years old Written byarbaaz khan December 24, 2013
 

good but not that much exciting

this novel was good but not that much exciting. I wish the next one is more exciting than the first one.
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