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A 16 year old girl poses as a 12 year old boy to train and become a dragoneye. Females may not learn the magic and study of the dragons which are 12 spirits each a different animal coresponding to the cycle of the Chinese New Year.
Eon: A 16 year old girl masquerading as a 12 year old boy, who is a Dragoneye candidate who if found would endure dire consiquinces.
Heuris Brannon: Retired Tiger Dragoneye. Master of Eon. He was one of the only ones who knew that Eon was a girl.
Lord Ido: The Rat Dragoneye. Ascendant Dragoneye; leader of the Dragoneye Council. Ally of High Lord Sethon. He is known to be very ambitious.
Lady Dela: A twin spirit man who is a lady of the court who supports and is a friend to Eon and teaches him court etiquette and how to deal with court intrigue.
Ryko: A Shadow Man who assists Lady Dela and Eon, acting as a bodyguard and personal thief. He also helps Eon greatly and is a good friend at times. Loyal to Prince Kygo.
Rilla: Body servant to Heuris Brannon, and mother of Chart. Supporter and friend of Eon. One of the few who know Eon is a girl.
Chart: Son of Rilla. Slop boy in the house of Heuris Brannon. Friend of Eon. He was malformed when he was a boy, crippling his body. He speaks in guttural sounds and most people can't understand him.
Dillon: Eon's friend. The Rat Dragoneye apprentice.
The Dragon Emperor: The Heavenly Master, ruler of the Empire of Celestial Dragons. Father of Prince Kygo.
Prince Kygo: Prince Heir; eldest son of the Emperor. Allied with Eon.
High Lord Sethon: Half brother to the Emperor, and commander in chief of the army. Has the real power in the Empire.
Lord Tyron: The Ox Dragoneye. An ally of Eon and his Master.
Kinra: Female ancestor of Eon. Former Mirror Dragoneye.
Teacher Prahn: Keeper of the Imperial Library and the Prince Kygo's tutor.
Ranne: Swordmaster. Trainer of Dragoneye apprentices.
Master Tozay: A master fisher at Kan Po. Meets with Eon. Show all 16 characters
“Courage, my lord. There is nowhere to go. You are locked in this game until its endplay.”
“You follow your destiny. As we all do. With honor and courage.”
“Listen to me. You are no longer a penniless candidate. You are a Dragoneye lord. The court is abuzz with the sight of the other dragons bowing to you. You have power that frightens even Lord Ido. So use it.”
“We may not have friendship yet, your highness. But there is a bond which we can agree upon immediately. Mutual survival.”
“As we Dragoneyes know, luck is a fragile force. It can easily turn bad in the wrong hands. Is it not so, Lord Eon?”
“I like the coffee that Ari the Foreigner sells in the market, Your Majesty. I do not know about diluting our culture. It is just a drink, and he is just a man who sells it.”
“I did not understand this idea of equality. There was rank even amongst slaves; it was the nature of men”
“You are wrong when you say there is no power in being a woman. When I think of my mother and the women in my tribe, and even the hidden women in the harem, I know there are many types of power in this world.”
“Even a cornered rabbit will fight with teeth and claws”
“There was a saying that a man's true character was revealed in defeat. I thought it was also revealed in victory.”
“You will not be leading me into death. You will be following.”
“I'm not his slave.”
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Trang Dein: Far islands to the south of the Empire.
Kan Po: Southern coastal port. The empire's portal access to the outside world.
No one knows how the first Dragoneye made their bargain with the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
Hua: The natural energy that exists in all things.
Dragon: Elemental being of good fortune. A dragon bonds with a Dragoneye, and together they manipulate the natural energy of the earth for good or ill fortune.
Dragoneye: Dragon Master, a supreme wizard of dragon magic.
Moon Shadow: A Moon eunuch, castrated before puberty.
Heuris: Title of a retired Dragoneye. A master trainer of Dragoneye candidates.
Staminata: The mental and physical training required for a Dragoneye apprentice to become a full Dragoneye.
Shadow Man: An Imperial eunuch and guard.
Contraire: A man who lives as a woman.
Shadow: A eunuch.
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Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Page Count: 531
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