#37 – Eon, by Alison Goodman
- Read: 4/15/16 – 4/18/16
- Provenance: Library (paperback)
- Challenge: BookRiot Read Harder 2016
- Task: Read a book over 500 pages long
- Rating: 4/5 stars
Gender and identity issues, in a tale of magic and dragons set in an ancient pseudo-China? Sign me up!
This could have been so horribly done, with the girl-masquerading-as-a-boy plot, and the potential to be another generic Chinese setting, but it wasn’t. I loved that the dragon trial, set up in the beginning, was actually the culmination of the first act and not the quest of the entire book. I love that everything after that is basically Eon’s search for knowledge: the actual object could have been a MacGuffin, but it never falls into that trope as so many fantasy stories would have it do, because the important thing isn’t the object itself, but the knowledge it contains.
The only thing really keeping this from being a five-star read for me was, in fact, its length. It’s not wordy for the sake of wordiness–there’s a lot of worldbuilding to be done, and it’s done with grace. Where I actually found myself skimming with impatience were the action scenes, especially toward the end. Either they weren’t quite gripping enough to make me interested in the blow-by-blow, or they just went on too long with too little accomplished.
Still, pretty close to perfect, for what it set out to do. I’ve already checked the sequel out of the library.