The Two Pearls of Wisdom

1 02 2009

Alison Goodman - The Two Pearls of Wisdomby Alison Goodman
ISBN 978-073228006 (Harper Collins)
Trade Paperback, 2008

A meld of Japanese/Chinese mythology:

In the imperial city the Emperor is dying.

When an Emperor dies, there is a power struggle. The heirs’ male relatives are usually killed asap – to avoid challenges no and in the future. The dying Emperor didn’t follow tradition, so his heir is in danger as the Emperor’s brother (High Lord Sethon) has control of the army.

The second controlling influence in the empire are the Dragoneyes. The Dragoneyes wield the power of the energy dragon they represent. There are 12 dragons, but one has been missing for 500 years. Leadership of the Dragoneye Council cycles annually amongst its members. This year, it will be the turn of Ido (Rat Dragon) – a major supporter of Lord Sethon.

As a Dragoneye ascends to leadership of the Council, he gains an apprentice in a ceremony where his dragon selects one candidate from the 12 on offer. The candidates are all 12 year old boys, trained specifically for the occasion. Dillon is selected.

Then, the missing dragon makes an appearance and takes Eon as its representative. Eon is elevated to the status of Dragoneye, bypassing the 12yr apprenticeship phase. As both Eon and Ido have ascended to Dragoneye, they get to share governance of the council.

  • Eon befriends the Emperor’s Heir (Kygo)
  • the Emperor dies
  • at the beginning of the succession struggle, Eon is revealed to be a girl (Eona)
  • Ido destroys the Council – only 2 survive, Eon & Ido
  • Sethon’s uprising succeeds

So ends book 1 of the duology. Eona has escaped. There is the threat of the Royal Dragon’s power wielded by the new emperor. If he discovers the Black book of power (hidden by a dragoneye apprentice) he could combine the power of all the Dragons – potential cataclysm!! Will Eona have to join with Ido to defeat him. Where is Kygo? Was he killed as Sethon rose to ultimate power?

DragoneyeEon: Rise of the Dragoneye is the young adult edition of The Two Pearls of Wisdom. However, although the titles and covers are different, the book is the same – it is a true crossover novel that appeals to both adult and young adult readers. And in the US it is called Eon: Dragoneye Reborn.

A better name for all theĀ editions would be just
Eon: Dragoneye (The Two Pearls of Wisdom isn’t as exciting)

Verdict: here’s another good book from an Australian author