Eon is a reread for me. When I heard that Alison Goodman was releasing a new novel I felt that it was time to revisit the world of Eon and the Dragoneye because, well, frankly my memory is shit and I couldn’t remember anything other than I loved the series.
The thing about Eon that first struck me and made me remember why I loved this series was how different and unique it was. I will be the first to say that when it comes to reading diverse books I am somewhat lacking (don’t worry, I’m changing that) and Eon is diverse not only in the Far Eastern cultural influence but also in the “girl mascaraed as a boy” genre of book. Eon(a) does not masquerade as a boy to fulfill a personal goal of her own she does it out of pure and complete survival. This is admirable considering at the beginning of the book she is sixteen and I don’t know many people who would risk their lives. Especially those who are physically limited as Eon(a) was and remains throughout the story.
Now, on the slightly negative aspect to this story would be the slow pace of the plot. Now I say slightly because I understood where Goodman was coming from with the slower pace. I read a lot of fantasy and some fantasy novels that I’ve read have a tendency to go right for the action with little consideration of figuring out things. The story has a fantasy element but ultimately is about the inner struggle Eon(a) has with Eon, her outside appearance and what others WANT her to be and Eona, who she really is inside. This definitely causes problems, but I do not want to go into too much detail in case you have not read it yourself!
I am completely and totally happy that I decided to reread this story and definitely am going to pick up its sequel Eona: The Last Dragoneye.