Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa
‘There are a dozen soldiers hiding in that maze. All hunting you. All looking to kill you.’
To the outside world Ember Hill is an ordinary girl, but Ember has a deadly secret. A dragon hiding in human form, she is destined to fight the shadowy Order of St. George, a powerful society of dragonslayers.
St. George soldier Garret is determined to kill Ember and her kind. Until her bravery makes him question all he’s been taught about dragons.
Now a war is coming and Garret and Ember must choose their sides – fight to save their bond or fulfil their fate and destroy one another.
I was drawn to this book because of it’s dragon aspect, I have a real love for book’s about dragon’s and was really interested in how Julie Kagawa had tackled the various dragon lore within this book.
This is a YA and initially the book was quite bogged down with the teenage aspects of the story, I can see this was about setting the scene and making Ember seem human for the reader, having her fit into a popular teenage crowd, surfing, rebelling against her dragon training and so on.
I was interested to see the story unfold with her human closeness with Garret, the St George’s soldier who is undercover and hunting her unfolding, while her dragon side grows closer with the rogue dragon Riley. Whilst a love triangle is a little cliche it was also quite an interesting take given Ember does have two different sides to her personality. And the two characters involved are very interesting.
The dragons themselves are described vividly with horns, colours, scales, beautiful wings and so on. The battles are descriptive, enjoyable to read and the idea of Talon as a dragon organisation ruling how dragons live as an elite force was wonderful.
I loved the idea of the Order of St George as an army who hunt dragon’s. Nobody seem’s to know why Dragon’s hunt St George or vice versa just that the other is evil and Ember and Garret seem to be the first to start questioning this centuries long war.
This is the first book in a new series and whilst a lot of it is scene setting and character creation it is quite interesting and enjoyable. I am very interested in seeing what happens next.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: The Talon Saga
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Publication Date: 28 October 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Audio, Hardcover, Paperback
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