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Eon by Alison Goodman
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May 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, favorite-covers, audio, lgbtq

Eon felt very much in the vein of one of my favorite authors, Tamora Pierce--epic fantasy in a well-developed world with a young woman taking charge of her destiny. Eon tackles gender inequality, transgenders as well as plenty of cross dressing and eunuchs, all in a east Asia fantasy world (as opposed to the typical European-style setting). Along with these, Eon can be a really frustrating character to sympathize with at times, but in the end I couldn't help but want to see her overcome her mountains of fears (which, seriously, were justified throughout) and succeed.

The pacing in here is off at times, especially when Eon is really struggling with what to do about the situations she feels stuck in. There's a ton of angst and worry, and some of it was pretty obvious as a reader how to get around it. Still, it was the journey of watching her grow that proved to be satisfying, and some of the drag I experienced was really from not having as much time to listen to audiobooks as I normally do.

Definitely recommended to fans of Tamora Pierce, or just fantasy books in general where gender roles are challenged.

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Reading Progress

May 19, 2011 – Shelved
May 19, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 19, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult
May 19, 2011 – Shelved as: favorite-covers
June 26, 2013 – Started Reading
June 26, 2013 –
page 2
0.35% "Oh, wow. A matter of minutes in and this already was making some biting commentary on sexism (reminiscent of Tamora Pierce) AND disability. Why did it take me so long to pick this up?!"
June 28, 2013 –
page 4
July 12, 2013 –
page 6
July 24, 2013 –
page 9
August 2, 2013 – Shelved as: audio
August 2, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 28, 2015 – Shelved as: lgbtq

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