Book Title: Eon
Author: Alison Goodman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)
Swordplay, dragon magic--and a hero with a desperate secret Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-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.
Eon plays a dangerous game. He is a twelve year old boy who is a candidate to become the next Rat dragoneye apprentice. Should he be chosen he will be trained to commune with the spiritual dragon to steer away storms from the people and help the land grow fertile. Except he is a cripple, a sign of bad luck and given the ward against evil everywhere he travels. But that’s not the worst of it, he is in fact a she, a sixteen year old girl, and should anyone find out, she and her master will be put to death.
Not only does Eon, who is actually Eona, get chosen, but she is chosen by the Mirror dragon. A dragon, who has been missing for five hundred years. Just what does this mean for Eona and her master? Why has the dragon come back, why was a cripple chosen and why was a girl chosen?
Follow Eon on his/her journey through political swamps and court drama as she/he tries to discover the truth behind her ascending.
Eon is written using rich language, beautiful storytelling and plot twists behind every word. The dialogue is so well written and the characters so well developed you can’t help but bite your nails as things go from bad to worse. Eon is so full of diverse people and plot lines that you feel like you have been sent back to the ancient orient and are sitting in on an imperial struggle of epic proportions.