Title: EON Dragoneye Reborn
Release Date: December 2008
Author: Alison Goodman
Synopsis: Swordplay, dragon magic and a hero with a desperate secret.
Twelve year old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sward-work and magical aptitude. 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 boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. 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 the Book Cover)
This first book of a series (Goodman has not said how many books there will be, but she is currently working on the sequel that I’m eagerly anticipating) had me totally captivated and wanting more when I got to the last page. This is stories that starts a little slow, but once the action starts you are pulled into Eona’s struggles to survive and protect those closest to her including members of the royal family. This is an action packed book with a strong female lead and wide variety of characters will have every reader finding someone to identify with. I really enjoyed delving into the Asian culture and Eona’s world.