The Two Pearls of Wisdom

The Two Pearls of Wisdom is an alternate title for the book Eon or Eon: Dragoneye by Alison Goodman. It centers around a young girl named Eona who has taken on the name Eon to mask herself as a twelve-year-old boy, so that she will get the privilege to become a Dragoneye, and.
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The book is essentially young adult, defined by the age of the protagonist and themes of being true to yourself, the value of honesty and perseverance, and the coming of age message. In no way do these elements preclude the enjoyment of adult readers, and the style of the story encourages it. I have not been so engrossed in a book for a very long time.

There is very little wrong with this book. Perhaps the fight scenes could have been grittier, and seasoned fantasy readers may find some elements of the plot at times slightly predictable.

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And there is so much to like, why bother with the minor imperfections? My expectations are high. This review was first published in October and then as ASiF! The first book in the Dragoneye duology, The Two Pearls of Wisdom reprinted as Eon and published under various titles and formats overseas , was the absolute best fantasy novel I read in Set in a pseudo-Asian fantasy world a nice change from the European-centric norm with a wonderful gender-bending main character surrounding by fascinating central characters, showcased by a thoughtful yet action-packed plot and highlighted by simply excellent writing, The Two Pearls of Wisdom deservedly received accolades all over the world.


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Once Eon, a girl disguised as a boy and risking her life to become a Dragoneye apprentice, Eona is now thrust into the role of saviour to her country. Amidst destruction and death, she must learn to control her dragon power, in the face of not just political manouevering, but a journey of discovery into her own heart. Goodman once again delivers a story that leaps off the page and holds you engrossed through the action, which is supported by detailed and realistic world building and intricate characterisation.

The gender politics of the first book are not quite as prominent here, but the coming of age tale is stronger. I loved that Eona had to make really difficult choices that had real and ongoing consequences for herself and her loved ones in this book, but the true strength of Eona is in the writing. Goodman is a master of the craft and I simply could not put this down.

You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Secondary world fantasy is not an excuse for something this offensive. Feb 13, Mayim de Vries rated it it was amazing. Dragoneye Reborn is a book about: Do not get me wrong, I love Mulan and as embarrassing as it is, I know it nearly by heart. And yet, I will be the first one to admit that Eona is not Mulan and her story is much richer and much darker than a Disney treat.

It is not so two-dimensional, it is also wiser and leaves you with uneasy questions rather than straightforward answers.

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The sooner, the better. The story continues in Eona: View all 13 comments. Mar 30, Carol. Two and a half stars. It was okay, and I might get around to reading the second half. I should probably do so before giving an evaluation, as it appears it's more a duo than a stand-alone book. I enjoyed the pace of the first 75 or pages, which some critics might label "useless worldbuilding.

Ultimately, I'm supposed to believe that she has hidden her female identity and trained for this position for four years. Beaten when she steps out of line. Living with pain and harsh discipline from sword masters. Studying the men and boys around her in order to emulate them. Then, she becomes Dragoneye. Suddenly she starts talking back like a 20th century American. She's blurting out statements right and left, when just months before she lowers her eyes and says "yes, Master," "yes, Swordmaster" and so on. If her and her master's lives depend on keeping the secret of her sex, it's surprising to me that she is given so few details of life after choosing that would help prevent accidental disclosure.

I was also troubled by her failing to grab the available swords when they realized they were facing armed opposition. I mean, really--you trained with a sword for four years. It should be a somewhat natural response at this point. I've read a wide variety of fantasy, but it seems to me that 1 one's master being killed, 2 being spiritually raped, 3 being almost physically raped, 4 the emperor overthrown, 5 a best friend slowly poisoned and losing his mind, 6 witnessing a woman being killed, along with 7 her infant son, as well as the plain old- fashioned disappointment of not being able to quite succeed in the goal you trained at for four years, was excessively violent and overwhelming.

On a positive note, I loved having a transgendered character, and thought Lady Dela was one of the most interesting, likeable characters in the book. Kudos to Goodman for integrating her as a human and not an 'issue. Slow start but amazing I mean, if you thought a girl with dragons was cool You haven't read about EONA Because first she was passing as a boy And then she became Controlling this And right now, I'm downloading the sequel Eona And if you are mexican Jun 25, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: This was one very beautifully written, very engaging, but very frustrating book of the Fantasy genre variety.

The story takes you into a wonderfully created world, heavily Asian influenced, closest to the Chinese traditions during the feudal period, and the author has the perfect prose to make it feel authentic and real. We get to meet young Eon, a bond servant in the house of a one-time Dragoneye master who is preparing Eon to follow in his steps Eon has a deformity of the hips and no one believes that such a luckless boy would ever be chosen for this most prestigious honor.

Luckily, at the end, only the Dragon knows whom and why they choose for their human vessel. You see, the 12 celestial Dragons are creatures of energy, who in past millennia had made a deal with the humans to enter into a partnership with those they choose, in order to control the major typhoons, storms, and other wild natural energies which threaten humanity in the Empire. Those human boys, for tradition dictates that only boys are good enough for this blessed service, are elevated to a position in court of much influence and political power.

Eon is a cripple, smaller than most, and overall, quite pathetic and hopeless. Imagine everyone's surprise when the rarest of all dragons chooses him!!! And this should make him the happiest young man in the world, right? This would be true, if only Eon and his master were not keeping a secret, which could condemn them to death and threaten the political stability in the land.

Eon's secret is revealed very early on in the book and we spend the majority of the time wondering when it will be discovered and how much damage would follow. The reader could clearly see what was going on, but the character was blind, deaf and dumb to all things logical all the way until the last chapter!!!! Usually, when I book infuriates me that much, I end up rating it not higher than 3 Stars, but it was very well written, very imaginative, and it made me totally emotionally invested, which is the hallmark of a good book to me.

I know I will not forget what it is about in several months, so yes, it is worth the 4 Star rating for sure!!!! I will recommend this to all those who love the Fantasy genre and some more lyrical writing. There is some emotional angst, but it is not unbearable: View all 15 comments.

Mar 10, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: If you, like me, have always wished that Tamora Pierce and Anne McCaffrey would finally admit their deep, abiding love for one another; make it official with a short ceremony in Massachusetts; then decide to start a family by adopting a fierce Asian baby, then I think you will fall in love with this book. This is the powerful story of Eon, a young candidate for apprentice Dragoneye.

If he is selected, he will commune and share power with one of the twelve Dragons, which are energy based creatures If you, like me, have always wished that Tamora Pierce and Anne McCaffrey would finally admit their deep, abiding love for one another; make it official with a short ceremony in Massachusetts; then decide to start a family by adopting a fierce Asian baby, then I think you will fall in love with this book. If he is selected, he will commune and share power with one of the twelve Dragons, which are energy based creatures that represent each animal in the Chinese zodiac.

Eon, a disfigured, weak candidate is given the lowest odds of selection and viewed as useless by his teachers. Eon is really Eona, a girl with the rare ability to see all twelve dragons. The writing is intense and action-packed. I was terribly hooked to this one. You know what I think will fix that for sure? Happily, all that frustration and hopelessness only funds an extremely big pay-off later.

This book explores the balance and interchange of the masculine and feminine; the competition between compassion and ruthlessness. This is explored through philosophical discussions and dilemmas, but also through characters. Eon struggles to accept her dual nature, but there are numerous other characters in the story that represent this struggle as well. I utterly adore Lady Dela. To me, she is the strongest representation of balance between masculine and feminine and the strength that arises from that.


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When she scolds Eon for deceiving everyone, it is so satisfying yet another balm for my earlier frustrations. I also noticed this fabulous sentence on the last page: View all 28 comments. Alison Goodman creates a fully-realized world filled with dragons, magic, ancient customs, and political warfare.

Our main character is Eon, a candidate to become apprentice dragoneye, an honour bestowed to only the worthiest of men. The plot is amazing! Eon is faced with obstacle after obstacle. When you think it couldn't get worse, it does! The backstory, and mythology is on point. No plot holes here. From Eon, to her master, Ryko, and Lady Dela. Goodman imbues all of your senses. From sight, sound, and touch, but as well as smell and taste. The jasmine, and incense So glad to read a 5 star book!

Can't wait for Eona! Full book review coming soon! Jan 07, Twila rated it really liked it Shelves: I could not stop him. He was my emperor. His will was mine.

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My will was my own. How refreshing this was. In Eon, every year a different Dragoneye becomes the ascendant, and an apprentice is chosen by the dragon. A Dragoneye is the human link to an energy dragon's power. S I could not stop him. Sounds ridiculous, I know. This year, it's the Rat Dragon's turn. Eon is a Dragoneye candidate, and it doesn't help that she has a twisted leg. But girls are forbidden to the use of dragon magic. Women have no place in the world of the dragon magic. It is said they bring corruption to the art and do not have the physical strength or depth of character needed to commune with an energy dragon.

It is also thought that the female eye, too practiced in gazing at itself, cannot see the truth of the energy world. But the true jewel in this novel is Eon's conflict to embrace herself. Eon even takes drugs to supress the female 'moon' energy and enhance the male 'sun' energy. I really appreciated the exploration of gender dynamics. It's intensely layered and detailed for any novel, let alone YA. Eon really excels at world building. It has a magic system inspired by feng shui and Chinese astrology, with a blend of Asian cultures that was beautifully developed.

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I loved how the cycle of the ascendant dragons and their Dragoneye's worked. The details of magic and how it was used was very fascinating. I loved the battle scenes. The sword forms practiced by the Dragoneyes were very clear to me and easy to visualize. The power plays and struggles were plotted very convincingly. This novel was very thorough, and I have to say that some of the details were lost on me. I have a very short attention span and I normally space out while reading, but I don't usually get lost. Maybe there was too much info-dumping in this book. I dunno, but if I missed one page, I didn't really understand what was happening anymore.

I had to re-read a lot of passages. And is it just me, or did the gruelling ceremony to become ascendant remind anyone of Kung Fu Panda? It was like when Po became the Dragon Warrior, but anyways: D I wish I could have seen more of the various dragons in action. They were such a fresh and unique aspect that I wanted to see more of them. I also wish that the book could have delved into the mystery of why the Mirror Dragon was missing for years and what happened to the last Dragoneye. I hopefully find some answers in Eona: Overall, I loved the fresh setting and I would definitely recommend this to fantasy fans.

Dec 17, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The success of the Harry Potter series with both children and adults has opened a lot of doors in the fantasy genre. Publishers have issued a plethora of a new series and stories intended to capture the imagination and passion of readers in a simliar way to the stories of the young boy wizard.

While a lot of these new fantasy stories have imitated what J. Rowling did with the Harry Potter novels, very few of them have really set the imagination on fire with an new, fascinating fantasy universe The success of the Harry Potter series with both children and adults has opened a lot of doors in the fantasy genre. Rowling did with the Harry Potter novels, very few of them have really set the imagination on fire with an new, fascinating fantasy universe like J. Rowling did seven novels and one short story collection ago.

Which is what makes Alison Goodman's "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn" such a treat. It's a new fantasy novel, written for young adult but which should find great crossover appeal with adults, that captures the magic and wonder I felt picking up the first Potter novel so many years ago.

The Dragoneyes are the link between the spiritual world of the dragons and the physical universe. To be chosen is a great honor--and one generally reserved only for males. Eon is a female, secretly going through the training and testing as a male. Her master saw great potential in her and went along with the ruse to win back power, favor and fortune for his house.

The gamble pays off in spades when Eon is chosen not just to be that year's dragoneye, but chosen by the mysterious Mirror Dragon to be its dragoneye. Before you know it, Eon is plunged into rigorous training and the world of politics surrounding the dragoneyes and the emperor. Goodman's novel is a fascinating, complex and entertaining one that will keep the pages turning. One of the fascinating aspects of the story is watching Goodman ground the "Dragoneye" universe a bit in ours, basing the political and social system on that of fuedal Japan and China but making it come alive in its own interesting and unique ways.

A good deal of the first half of the novel is spent on world-buidling, but it's done in such an authentic, interesting way, building the character of Eon and those around her that it all feels natural and authentic. And the pieces put into play in the first half begin to quickly play dividends in the second as revelations come fast and furious, all leading to the novel's stunning and compelling conclusion.

Thankfully, Goodman is able to resolve enough of the storylines to keep readers satisfied and make this a complete novel, while creating a cliffhanger and situation that will leave you wanting to pick up the next installment as soon as possible and find out what happens next. Dragoneye Reborn" is an entertaining, fascinating and fun fantasy novel that will delight both young adult and adult readers.

I wanted to love it, but I just couldn't. The lack of explanations just killed it for me. This book had no setting, though I'm assuming it's China. But it's never mentioned, and to me that's a pretty fundamental aspect of a book. The plot was really quite cool and exciting once you got more into the book, but it took me forever to get there because it was pretty slow and I kept having to reread things to try and understand what was going on. Not sure if I'll end up picking up book 2.

Eon both the book and the character did not make it easy for me to like them, oh no. Instead, I constantly had to battle my desire to abandon them in favor of something easier to read, or a more likable heroine at the very least. Sometimes, when a book is extremely popular and well-loved by everyone in the known universe and possibly beyond, I dig in my heels and simply refuse to read it 3. Sometimes, when a book is extremely popular and well-loved by everyone in the known universe and possibly beyond, I dig in my heels and simply refuse to read it for no good reason.

So I kept postponing it over and over again until it became just another book on my to-read list I stopped noticing altogether. I honestly thought it would be more juvenile and with everyone talking about Eona, I thought she would be a character to admire. Boy was I ever wrong. The only person who knows the truth is her Master and teacher, a former Dragoneye, and the secret could easily kill them both.

His ability to live a double life, especially in spotlight where every wrong move means a certain death, speaks of great bravery and prowess. And yet, when his goals were accomplished and then some , said bravery quickly turned into outright cowardice under pressure. There was rank even amongst slaves; it was the nature of men. It can be a bit too overwhelming at times but I am very patient with worldbuilding which made Dragoneye Reborn a perfect read for me, at least in one very important way.

In truth, secondary characters were far more interesting than Eon himself. Romance is sparse in Eon, but hints of a relationship between these two, however improbable it may seem, more than made up for it. Watching them dance around each other and their feelings for each other was sweet and strange and exhilarating and entirely unforgettable. View all 6 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think a copy of Eon ought to be on most school library bookshelves.

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It's an interesting exploration of gender roles and expectations, about finding your true self and that ineffable identity all of us have somewhere beneath the surface. Gender and identity are explored from different angles with the main story and one intertwining side character. Eon deals with the pressure of pretending to be something he isn't, of all the things he gave up when the choice to pretend to be a boy was made for I think a copy of Eon ought to be on most school library bookshelves. Eon deals with the pressure of pretending to be something he isn't, of all the things he gave up when the choice to pretend to be a boy was made for him.

The secondary character of Lady Dela, who is considered dual gendered with born male with female energies, deals with the public side and some of the possible social consequences of different gender identity. Neither of them chose their paths. Lady Dela was simply born the way she is and Eon was forced into the subterfuge.

It's definitely a high fantasy novel with a lot of world building. Fans of various Asian cultures will either be delighted with Alison Goodman's world or find flaws in it that come from a passionate love affair with the cultures she tries to emulate. For me she was a success, but my knowledge of Asian culture is probably heavily pop-culture influenced so take my opinion there with a grain of salt. You can trust me that the world building is thorough. There are long information dumps in places, but it's not so bad because it's all pretty interesting.

Yeah, as a reader you're forced to swallow some of the world building in weird places with thick content, but it's never really that painful. My only complaints about the story are how long I knew what was going on as opposed to how long it took Eon to figure out what was going on. It's pretty frustrating to know all the answers and to want to shake them into the character. You might be saying 'oh you're saying you're too smart for this. You probably figure out complicated mystery novels on page five. Most of the time I don't try. I just roll with the story.

The answers to everything Eon is asking and how many mistakes he's making are really really obvious.

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There's also Disappearing Parent Syndrome in this novel, but it's one of those cases where it works. Eon's journey needed to be solo so I won't complain. I'm hopeful Eona will learn more about her family in the companion novel. The prose is clean. The pages to this admittedly thick book felt mostly like world building and then those long pages of wanting to strangle Eon for not getting to the obvious answers faster. I really recommend it for high school aged teenagers.

I think it's one of those books that will make you a better person if you read it young enough. There's nothing like spending five hundred pages in the head of a character having heavy gender confusion to make you more understanding and, of course, the fantasy adventure makes it just a fun read. View all 3 comments. Oct 14, Phrynne rated it really liked it. This is a pretty chunky book for young adult but it was a fairly easy read. Fast paced and frequently very tense, it kept this reader engrossed for some good quality reading time whilst flying half way round the world. The world building was very Oriental which fitted well with the theme of dragons.

These were rather amazing dragons too and the world around them was very well thought out. The main character is a girl pretending to be a boy so there is a lot of information about gender roles but I This is a pretty chunky book for young adult but it was a fairly easy read. The main character is a girl pretending to be a boy so there is a lot of information about gender roles but I was not sure that it was very important in the long run.

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She panics, without knowledge as for who to trust except her close friend Lady Dela born a man but who is a woman in spirit and Dela's bodyguard, the islander Ryko. Tension mounts and soon the battle begins. Eona finds herself in trouble; Ido discovers her true gender and her dragon fades and then disappears altogether. When talking to Dillon she realises that she does not have her dragon's name and thus cannot communicate properly.

Eona suspects Lord Ido and realises he has masterminded his own plan, killing all other Dragoneyes and apprentices in a bid for more power. In his library she meets an almost insane Dillon who finds both the red folio and another black folio, detailing how it is possible to create a 'String of Pearls', with 2 Dragoneyes harnessing the power of the normal She puts the pieces together and is horrified to find that Ido wishes for the two of them to be the only two Dragoneyes left alive. However, Dillon takes off with the black folio as Eona saves Ryko from the pain caused by a dragon-powered hallucination.

Prince Kygo flees and his baby brother, the Emperor's only other heir, is killed by Lord Sethon. In desperation the wounded Dela, limping Eona and injured Ryko try to escape but Ido orders his men to find them. Dela continues decoding the red folio, which is written in Women's Script, for Eona's dragon's name.

As the warfare escalates and all seems to be lost in this final confrontation, Dela screams out that the dragon's name is her name; Eona. She summons her dragon, the Queen of the Heavens, and they are united at last, with Eona's crippled leg healing in the process. Together the Mirror Dragon and Dragoneye force compassion upon Ido and the trio make their escape to the river. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed.

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