Eon by Alison Goodman
Eon is a candidate to become an apprentice Dragoneye, which will bond him to an energy dragon. Even as the test for apprenticeship takes place, political turmoil threatens the Imperial Throne, and Eon is drawn into its subtleties. There is only one small catch, he is actually she - Eona - and female Dragoneyes are forbidden; discovery would mean death.
Aaahh the ending! Oh wait, you probably want to hear about the rest of the book before I lament about the cliff hanger. So, I'm liking the somewhat Asian backdrop of this story, but I may be slightly biased. There are just not enough books set in Asia!
Dragons! There are dragons! Have I mentioned I like dragons? Well I do, so I'm biased in that respect too although the dragons don't really talk... they're more tools at least in this book rather than thinking beings (although they do kind of whisper intent and pick up on emotions). I'm hoping there will be more interactions in the next one.
There is a lot of time spent on political posturing, but this is also something I enjoy so I'm starting to think this book was written for my tastes ^.^ Eon isn't exactly a guns-blazing heroine, but I felt that her reactions were true to the predicament she found herself in without ever resorting to whiny-ness.
So to reiterate! Politics! Dragons! Asia! I'm liking where this was and where it is heading although now I'm Jonesing for the next book especially because, as I mentioned, the ending is a cliff-hanger.
Star Rating: 4.0/5.0
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