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Eon

By: Alison Goodman

Eon is training for Dragoneye selection, a revered position – a powerful Lord able to master the wind and water elements to protect the land. Eon struggles with a damaged hip and a desperate secret for Eon is in reality Eona, a gifted young woman disguised as a boy in order to provide her master with the chance for a return to power. This deception is deadly as the world she inhabits views women as powerless, they have no respect and can only be wives or servants, for the most part they are hidden away.

The outcome of the Dragoneye testing is totally unforseen and thrusts Eona right into the heart of a vicious struggle for the Imperial throne and ultimate power. With no way out Eona must learn to navigate the treacherous court and make the hardest decisions she has ever faced. She will need all her wits and strength just to survive the bloody struggle and hold onto her magic.

An amazing read, I just have to start there.

Goodman has created a wonderfully detailed world that draws you in and doesn’t let you go – like the monsoon winds controlled by the Dragoneyes. Eon/Eona is an amazing character of vulnerability, confusion, determination and strength. At her heart she wants to do good and she struggles with her lack of knowledge and uncertainty. She is thrust into a world far more complex than she could have imagined. The events around her sweep her in as much as they do us as she struggles to to come to terms with the depth of her deception and the scope of her responsibility.

Lady Dela is a wonderful companion/advisor for Eona allowing for a unique and interesting perspective. Other characters flesh out the world and contribute to it’s total believability.

The story is at one time both simple and complex. To say it is a story of good versus evil would be true but an oversimplification. The politics, culture and natures (hidden and open) of the characters make this story so much more. This was a book I didn’t want to put down and I look forward to reading the sequel Eona. If you are looking for a well constructed fantasy with layered and interesting characters and a story that won’t let you go, I would have no qualms recommending this.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd

Published: 01 December 2009

Format: Paperback 448 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Dragons

ISBN 13: 9780732290115

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

Department 19

By: Will Hill

Jamie’s life went to pieces the night his father was killed by the men in black body armour. He and his mother had to move more than once and he’s had trouble at every new school. Then comes the night Larissa is supposed to kill him but can’t. It’s the night his mother is kidnapped and he is rescued by a large man named Frankenstein. It is also the night he finds out about Department 19 – the government’s most secret agency.

Jamie is more involved in a battle that has gone on for generations, than he ever knew. At every turn he comes up against his father’s actions and has to prove himself because of them. He doesn’t care about the big picture, he just wants his mother back but that’s not so easy when she’s being held by one of the oldest and most powerful vampires in the world. Fortunately Department 19 has the equipment needed to find her, rescue her and hopefully survive. Unfortunately in the bigger picture something much older and more terrifying is taking place. 

Department 19 is a story that unfolds over generations starting with characters  you’ll be familiar with if you know your Dracula. These vampires are the sort I sink my teeth into – dark, deadly, immoral and lethal. There are plots and subplots, machinations and plenty of betrayal. Jamie is uncertain, untried and determined to do what he wants, even if it is the wrong thing. What I really like about this is the return to more traditional vampires and the twist of using modern warfare to fight them. I also like the way Hill has incorporated old characters and linked them to the new. If you like your heroes flawed and your vampires bloodthirsty I think you will really enjoy this book. Yes there is some predictability, a tiny bit of romance and some moments that frustrate but overall it is a fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable read. I am looking forward to book two.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 31 March 2011

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Categories: Horror & Ghost Science Fiction

ISBN 13: 9780007363568

Purchase: here

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