Maisy ❤ March 2016

reading time: 3 min

That moment when you get so sucked into a book it's like you've been zapped into it - and you stay up until your eyes won't stay open any longer - and when you've finally reached the last page you feel sad and empty inside because your beloved companions have left you - 

Yeah. That's what happened when i started to read Eon(a).

Read: Eon / Eona (Alison Goodman)

I will speak about these two volumes in one review because i pretty much read them in one go. First off: they're addicting. I could not put them down, even at the passages where i was cringing because the plot twists were so torturing and tense. Also, prepare to both love and hate the protagonist over the course of the story (especially the second book).
But let's start at the beginning.
The first book, Eon (also known as: Two Pearls of Wisdom or Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye or Eon: Dragoneye Reborn), introduces our protagonist, a 16 year old girl disguised as a boy for the sake of training as a candidate to become apprentice dragoneye, an honour bestowed to only the worthiest of men enabling them to commune and share power with one of the twelve Dragons, which are energy based creatures that represent each animal in the Chinese zodiac. Eon, whose real name is Eona, is not the typical hero at all. As a disfigured, weak candidate she/he is given the lowest odds of selection and viewed as useless by his/her teachers. However, she is gifted with the rare ability to see all twelve dragons.

The mythology behind this story is amazing, combining the image of European dragons and dragon riders (think Daenerys Targaryen) with the wingless legendary creatures in ancient Asian/Chinese folklore, as well as martial arts (think House of Flying Daggers) and gender fluidity. A thrilling mix!

The book is very well written, Goodman imbues all of your senses, sight, sound, and touch, as well as smell and taste. The landscapes are lush and exotic. The cities, streets, buildings and rooms are described in such easy, elegant detail that you just SEE them, without having to pause to build the images in your mind. The characters were equally well formed. Goodman doesn't flood us with too many people and those she did introduce were memorable and well cast (especially Lady Dela, Ryko, her master...). None of the characters is one dimensional, only Eon(a) herself appears to be weak, easily deceived, gullible and spineless. Her master beat, maimed and mentally abused her and yet she hero-worshipped him. As much as i understand her fear of being discovered (and sentenced to death), this completely rules her life and makes up half of the text in the book where Eona is all like "AHHH I don't know and I don't want anyone to know I don't know". Her lies and secrets compromise her friendships and stop her friends from helping her out. This is the only negative thing that made me want to grab Eona by the shoulders and shake her for her stupidity.

All in all, the book was one of the most thrilling i have read so far. Only the very end had me hesitating to keep on reading - not because it was bad, but because everything escalates and collapses and leaves you feel crushed. A mean cliffhanger! Luckily, i already had the sequel at hand :)

The second book, Eona (also known as: The Necklace of the Gods or Eona: The Last Dragoneye) picks up the story with a slow start but then picks up the pace and keeps you breathless until the last page. Eon has now been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with her fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon's army and cooperating with Prince Kygo. Many new sceneries (such as the rebels' hideout, wild nature and the amazingly composed return to the palace disguised as a member of the Blossom World). The pulse-pounding drama is expanded by romance and a triangle between Eona, Kygo and Ido. Ido was one great whopping surprise in this book, it's only a really good writer that can take you from seething hatred towards a character to pity to almost-kinda-liking him. Ido is one charismatic bastard, full of amusing quips but always looking for ways to manipulate a situation to get what he wants. Whereas the bond between Eona and Kygo is a complicated relationship between two powerful people who are all too aware of each other's power, the chemistry between Eona and Ido is dominated by bigger and darker ambitions, desire and a love/hate relationship. It is one of those cases where you just know it'll end badly.

Even though it was somewhat infuriating to be sucked into this web of intrigues and romance triangle, i absolutely loved every single page of this book. A worthy ending to a great story.

Watched: Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)

source: imdb
I'll keep it short and sweet for this one. Brooklyn was a little gem i discovered on my flight home from Bangkok on the airplane movie program. I'm not sure how popular this film actually is, but personally i hadn't heard of it before and i was really surprised about how good it was! 

Brooklyn is an Irish-British-Canadian drama directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, who also wrote the screenplay for An Education, as well as novels such as High Fidelity, About a Boy and A Long Way Down. The story follows the Irish girl Eilis to Brooklyn, America, the new home to many Irish immigrants like Eilis. In 1950s Brooklyn she lives at an Irish boarding house where she dines each night with the landlady and her fellow residents, all young women, and works in a department store. She starts taking bookkeeping classes and meets Tony, a young plumber from an Italian family, at an Irish dance party. From there on, Eilis begins to feel more comfortable in her new home.

I haven't watched many films about the Irish, in fact i think this might be only the second or third Irish film i've watched, but i really liked the development Eilis undergoes during her transition from a hayseed to a city girl. What i liked most though was even as a Brooklyn city girl Eilis never forgets about her home town and still has a deep connection and love for the nature of Ireland.

If you haven't, i suggest you watch this film with beautiful aesthetics and cinematography. Saoirse Ronan, whom you might know from films like Atonement, The Lovely Bones or Hanna, is the perfect actress for this role!

Maisy rates: 8/10 

When i watched the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot season 1, i immediately recognized this beautiful calm piano cover of the well-known Pixies song featured in Fight Club. Brilliant movie, brilliant series, brilliant song, brilliant cover.

I actually like this even more than the original, simply because it is very soothing and great background music.


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