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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 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 29, 2008 – 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.

Customer Reviews


I recently read Eon and it was AMAZING!!! I can't wait to read the second book. I hope that Eona is just as good as this book is.

Good but frustrating

Saw this book and had to read it!
The first half was very good.
I was frustrated with Eon's character flaws once things in the empire began to deteriorate. Eon was deceitful amidst characters that trusted and confided. I think things deteriorated too fast and with too much finality. I would like to have seen the next council meeting. I felt robbed of what I thought I was going to read about.
But even then, I couldn't put the book down.
Excitement and suspense, secrecy and lies.
Wish I could find the sequel on mp3 so I could listen as I travel.


I had come across Eon by chance and read it out of curiosity. In my opinion the book was very interesting and kept me reading, never wanting to put the book down. It was exciting and at times intense. It also really fed my interest in Ancient China and such. I wasn't disappointed. I haven't had the chance to read the sequel yet, though I would have to refresh myself on Eon first because it's been over a year since I've read it.

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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Dec 26, 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Print Length: 576 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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