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Sixteen-year-old Eon has a dream, and a mission. For years, he's been studying sword-work and magic, toward one end. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured. When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic . . . and her life.

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Deborah J. Ross, February 11, 2013 (view all comments by Deborah J. Ross)
This is one of those books that young people and some adults will love. It hits many of the emotional tones that are just right, and it's a page-turner. Set in a world that is an amalgam of China and Japan, with a few other Asian influences, it's got dragons, disguises, palace intrigue, and a heroine disguised as a boy and who has extraordinary abilities but must accept who she is in order to use them. In other words, it's a coming-of-age story. In a non-Western world. With dragons.

Based on the Chinese zodiac, the dragons rotate in ascendancy, each bonded to and controlled by a "Dragoneye." This is such a demanding, energy-draining relationship that Dragoneyes age prematurely and there's an elaborate system of apprenticeship to make sure the next in line for each dragon is properly trained. Eona, masquerading as the boy Eon, is one such candidate. Girls, of course, are not allowed to become Dragoneyes, so her master has disguised her so that his own fortunes will rise if she becomes the apprentice.

If this sounds "familiar but with a difference," it is, and here I think some adult readers may find the book less enjoyable because of its predictability. It's a long book, and if the world and characters are appealing, there's a special delight in spending many pages immersed in it.

For me, the most satisfying part of the book was the character of Lady Dela, a transgendered woman in the Imperial court. She's sympathetically portrayed as a person who accepts herself and is self-confident, resourceful, and adept at court politics. More than that, our heroine needs Dela's intelligence and knowledge to prevail.
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