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Alison Goodman

(also published as Eon, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn)

HarperCollins (2008)

ISBN: 9780732288006

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely (this review was first published in October 2008)

It’s been a long time since I’ve been sucked into a world so completely that I’ve read each page in breathless anticipation, unable to put the book down. When I managed to pry my eyes from the pages of award-winning author Alison Goodman’s The Two Pearls of Wisdom, it still filled my thoughts, and I counted the seconds until I could immerse myself again.

But where to start? With the utterly real and heart-wrenching characterization perhaps? The author has created a marvellously detailed world peopled with characters who are so non-stereotypical and beautifully realized that you care deeply about their lives, their decisions and their actions. This is true not just of the main character Eon/Eona, but of the supporting cast as well. You fear for Eona as she battles for her power, her life, her honour. You almost cry over her anxiety, and burst with pride at her accomplishments. It is such a powerful connection between characters and reader. The character of Eona is true to her age and experience – her uncertainty about her power, and the decisions she struggles with, are congruent with the overwhelming situation she is facing. She has such enormous responsibility thrust on her from the very beginning, holding the lives of her household in her hands, and then so much more, that her actions are believable and honest. Read the rest of this entry »

Alison Goodman

Angus and Robertson (2011)

ISBN: 978 0 7322 8494 7

Reviewed by Jason Nahrung

At the Melbourne launch of Eona in April, Alison Goodman said she’d struggled with the process of writing her first sequel, the follow-up to The Two Pearls of Wisdom (aka Eon). Safe to say, she has mastered the art, for this is both a stunning read and a striking how-to for writers.

Eona opens with a neat summary chapter, written as a historical document, that quickly sketches in the required facts to ground the story, and then we’re into it, with nary a slackening of the rising tension. Eona, a female Dragoneye who spent much of her life masquerading as a boy, has a very full plate. She must adjust to the cultural restraints of once again living as a woman in a man’s world; she must harness her magic, tied to a pantheon of mythic dragon spirits that are, as one might expect from the quasi Chinese setting, tied into the well-being of the land; and she must navigate the murky, choppy waters that lie between duty, power and love Read the rest of this entry »

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