by Julie Kagawa
Young Adult series
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.
I am in the middle of reading Julie’s other series Iron Fey and I love it, so I decided to give Talon a try. I have never read any books about dragons, other mythical creatures but never a dragon so I was excited about this book.
Talon was good but it was really slow going and I couldn’t find any excitement for it. I wasn’t bored by it but I wasn’t so willing to read it for some reason. The characters were good but I thought the dragon world was a little down played. Ember was a feisty wild thing that took great enjoyment out of life and didn’t take things at face value while her twin Dante was exact opposite. Dante is a company man, he is all about Talon and does exactly as he is told without question. The bond between Dante and Ember is incredible and you can see how it progresses through the story and how it goes from one level to another.
I could see where everything is headed. The ending was going to be something big you could tell that it was all coming to a point at the end and boy did it explode. The ending was the best part of Talon and it actually made me want to listen to the next book in the series, Rogue. I don’t know if it was my mood or what but I am going to wait a couple of weeks before I start Rogue and hopefully I will be in a better listening mood.
Overall 3 1/2 stars