December 4, 2014 ARC, Book Review 0

I received this ARC from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

TalonTalon by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Published by Harlequin on 2014-10-28
Pages: 461
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

My Thoughts:

A book from Julie Kagawa about dragons? Yes, please!!! I really love Julie’s The Iron Fey series and enjoyed The Immortal Rules. I couldn’t wait to see her take on dragons. Once I got into it, I really enjoyed Talon. However, I think I was a bit too hyped up about it to say I loved it.

I think the main issue for me was that it took me too long to get into the book. I wasn’t feeling well and was pretty distracted so it could totally be a case of bad timing. I liked the story fine but there just wasn’t anything compelling me to read it until later in the book. I stuck with it because I really like Julie’s other books. I’m glad I did! I ended up getting caught up in the action and the end of the book just flew by.

The parts of Talon that I was most interested were the opposing organizations of TALON and the Order of St. George, as well as the idea of rouge dragons. I really liked learning more about the conflict and how different sides see the same events through the lens of their upbringing. Most of this came to a head near the end so I think that’s why I was really sucked in then! I’m hoping Rouge will go into this more!

Overall an enjoyable read. The size was intimidating but the end was worth it!

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