Dragons, Slayers, Oh My


Title: Talon

Series: Talon Book 1

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 400

Description: 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 dragon kind. 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: I have been a fan of Julie’s since her Iron Fey series. I thought it was wonderful that she was coming out with another series. Then I heard it was about dragons. This was before I saw an actual synopsis of the first book. My first thought was, really, dragons, how is that going to work. I will say that because I am a fan of Julie’s I was still intrigued.  Then I read what Talon was about and I got excited. I was lucky enough this year to get to go to BEA for the first time in New York and I happened by the Harlequin booth at just the right time that they were doing a Teen hour. Talon was one that I was really hoping to get so, thank you to Harlequin Teen for the complimentary copy for an honest review.

Talon is told in 3 point of views, Riley, Garret, and mainly Ember. Some could say that 3 is too many and can get confusing but the way that Julie does it the story actually flows pretty well. In Talon these three characters interact the most and by the story being told the way it is the reader can see and understand more of the story. It also gives the reader more of a chance to feel connected with the action and feel your heart quicken when you’re hoping a dragon escapes a slayer or feel your breath become shallow in the moment a kiss might happen.

Julie started with fairies then went to vampires and now it is safe to say she has conquered dragons. She was able to bring to life Ember and her twin and let us see how they try to assimilate into the world of humans. We have seen the world of slayers in various ways and in Talon we get a new version when it comes to dragons and how Garret is involved. I don’t want to reveal too much about Riley. I see him as someone that in a way comes in and helps Ember on her journey.

Did I have a downside to Talon? I would just say that I have to wait too long for the next book. Talon left off in a way with a cliff hanger. Because of the epilogue though I am hoping for the best in what I was hoping for when it was coming to an end. I mean Talon itself does end some questions and hopes but it does leave some things open for the next book.

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