Wow. This book was fantastic. One of the best books I've ever read. It's set in an oriental type world and the details are so perfect. Every character, no matter how minor, is a real individual. Eon, who is really Eona, is struggling to maintain the illusion of being a boy as she hopes to gain the privilege of being bonded to a dragon. If anyone finds out the truth both she and her master will be killed. There is so much tension in this book, especially as Eon finds herself drawn into the world of the Imperial court. Danger hangs over her every moment of her life. Then there's Lord Ido, truly a villain you can love to hate, who is secretly plotting against the emperor. I don't want to say too much and give anything away, but I love the way Eon can shift into the spiritual world and see life energy. And the dragons are amazing. They have character all their own, just like the humans. But then I love dragons. This is a book I highly recommend to anyone who likes the fantasy genre. It's beautifully written. I'm already reading the sequel and so far it's every bit as good.