Eon is a sixteen-year-old girl pretending to be a twelve-year-old boy who longs to become a Dragoneye, something that can only happen to a male. This fascinating story and study of gender issues and romance is set in an expertly created world. I hate to use the word ‘Fantasy’ because the Japanese-Chinese style world is so authentically created that I felt I was almost reading an historical novel.
The Dragoneye theme revolves around an astrological theme of twelve Dragons – Alison Goodman makes them so real I have to capitalise the name – where those who become the Lord step into the different power of the respective Dragon. The Mirror Dragon as Keeper of Truth is the most powerful. No guess that the Rat Dragon, Keeper of Ambition is Eon’s key detractor and opponent. Not so far away from psychology and archetypes.
Eon’s character is superbly drawn and I felt with her every step of her many adventures. As soon as I finished reading I bought the sequel.