I have to say, it was extremely refreshing to read a high fantasy book that doesn't take me weeks to finish! Eon Dragoneye Reborn was a spectacular read, fusing Asian culture and mythology into a fantastical world, where humans draw on the power of energy dragons. Alison Goodman is a beautiful writer, her rich descriptions make me feel like I'm right there with the characters, who were fantastic.
One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was the complexity of the characters. Lord Ido wasn't just pure evil, while Eon(a) wasn't pure goodness. Not only was Eona thrown into the politics of the imperial court at a young age of 16, she is also keeping a terrible secret: she is actually a girl. Eona's transformation throughout the novel and the interesting people she met along the way kept me riveted. Kyko, a ferocious warrior eunuch, and Lady Dela, a man-turned-woman were two of the most complex and unique characters I've ever read about. I can't wait to read more about them in the next book!
The world-building was absolutely spectacular. Filled with rich description, Asian mythology and culture, and dragons, Goodman creates a fantastic fantasy world that I wanted to be a part of. The politics were well thought out, but not overbearing, and the rituals were interesting. I didn't feel like any part of the plot or storyline was forced. In fact, I saw a few potential opportunities for insta-love, but fear not, there is none of that to be had in this story! I have to say, this is a bit of a refreshment. It reminds me a bit of Eragon, although I hope any potential love story in Eona won't end as it did in Eragon.
Can't wait to move on to the next book! If only I didn't have to study :(