Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
16 year old Eon has a lot going on - she's hoping to be chosen as an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons, she's training to master the martial arts and energy channeling required for that job, and she's compensating for the injury that has left her lame for most of her life. Oh, and she's also hiding the fact that she's a girl, a fact that would lead to her immediate death if anyone finds out.
There's a lot to like about this book. Eon is a strong female character, capable of doing so much although occasionally making some really poor decisions. She is smart, loyal, and strong, even when she doesn't know it.
The world building is rich and imaginative, clearly drawing much from Asian culture and history. The descriptions of the energy dragons are so evocative, I can clearly picture them in my mind!
There's some romance in the story, and some threatened sexual violence which makes me reluctant to recommend to tweens, but it would be a good choice for 7th-9th grade readers, especially those looking for strong female characters and interesting fantasy worlds. Give to fans of Tamora Pierce's Alanna books and Hunger Games.
Marie, Teen Librarian
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