Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

Talon | Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: 28/10/2014
Genre: Young Adult. Fantasy.
Series: Talon Saga #1
Format: Paperback. Audiobook.
Pages: 449
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret St. James has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey — and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him — and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I have had this book sat on my shelf for well over a year now and I have come to the decision that I really need to start reading {and completing} the series that I currently have sat on my shelves, before I buy {and consequently end up not starting} any more.

I’ve wanted to read Talon since it came out, and I don’t know what kept me from reading it as soon as I got my hands on it, because who doesn’t love dragons?! When I did finally decide that it was high time that I picked it up, I raced through it from cover to cover in 3 days {damn you work, interrupting my reading time}.

Having never read any of Kagawa’s previous works, I was unsure what to expect with her writing – I was most definitely not disappointed while reading Talon.

At the beginning, I loved the how the sibling relationship between Ember and Dante was shown, but further on down the line, I began to dislike how Dante was towards Ember. I also disliked the Riley-Ember-Garret triangle that appeared. I liked Riley-Ember, and I even liked Ember-Garret because both relationships where the complete opposites to each other.

Overall, I am glad that I finally picked this up, and I know that I cannot wait to see just what Kagawa has in store for these characters in Rogue. 


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