Eon by Alison Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. I wish I would have read this book when it first came out. It has absolutely everything that I have wanted in a book, at least recently. First off the story is about Dragon spirits based on the Chinese Zodiac, and the culture is very Chinese, which is amazing to me. There is the complexity of court intrigue as well as the double standards of men and women that was present in the ancient cultures. This book flows very well, and very quickly, I was able to read this book in less than 3 days, which was refreshing as I haven't been able to read a book like this in that fast in a long time as I have been working. I love the writing style and the imagery that is used. It is used very well and while it gives you a sense of what is going on around the characters it does not take away from the characters. The characters also play their roles very very well. Each one has a specific niche that they fit into and they fit into that niche very well. All of the characters feel very real, as if they are literally jumping out of the page and playing the book out for you right in front of you. The twists and turns in the book at times made me mad as they didn't always go the way I wanted but they kept me reading and kept me interested. Some of them were predictable but they were exactly what I wanted them to be, an that made the book so much better. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Dragon Literature or even Chinese literature. I can't wait to read the next book and I believe the Author should work on some prequels about 500 years or so prior to this story.
Now for my favorite Character, Definitely Eon/Eona, but I also like Rilla. I like that she is devoted to her son Chart, as well as to her masters, even after she is freed. Both Rilla and Eon/Eona are strong female characters in a male dominated society. Even though they are strong they do have their weaknesses and that makes them all the more real, which I have noticed is a common trend in modern novels.
For my least favorite Character, Ido and Dillon. I don't like Ido because he is the villain and just someone that you want to hate if you like the main character as he is the perfect foil to Eon/Eona. While she is soft, kind, and learning, he is brash, angry, and full of himself even though he does not have all of the answers. I didn't like Dillon because of how his character changes through the book, granted he was being drugged but at the same time i think his ending could have been better.
So I highly recommend this book for someone who likes dragon novels or novels set in China or Chinese like cultures.
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