Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
461 pages |
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 Xavier Sebastian 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.
If you are ever looking for a good book you can never go wrong with a Julie Kagawa novel. It is statistically impossible. Once you start you find yourself unable to stop. Her writing is that addicting. Well at least that is my view on everything that is every written down from her very brain.
Talon, her new series focusing on dragons, is another epic young adult romance novel. Told from multiple points of view you as the reader are able to dive deeper into both sides of the ongoing war between the Talon (dragons) and St. George (dragon slayers). There is young love, action packed sequences, flying dragons and a sunny beach setting. Doesn’t that sound right up your ally?
Kagawa brings you into her worlds within the first few pages. I love it when this happens because the world just develops naturally, and you don’t find yourself tediously changing the page to get over the whole girl-new-town-new-experiences-blab-blah. You’re right in the action.
I enjoyed the characters, were they my favourite out of all of the characters she has ever written … well no. I thought the dual perspective was an interesting touch, but of course then you run into the risk of ‘well i’m reading a novel aimed at 13+ and i’m in my twenties so please stop it with your heart palpitations and oh my God he feels so good (but he only just touched your arm).’
I guess in a sense I wanted more. I wanted to feel incredibly connected to the characters and I wanted to fall in utter obsession with the male lead. I wanted to be desperately saddened by the reality that my teenage years weren’t even remotely similar to theirs. This didn’t happen, obviously.
The latter half of the book did drag on and some elements were predictable, but you sometimes just need to have those plot points that you guess will happen. So you’re not disappointed.
I am excited with where this series is going, and truly believe that it can only go up from here.