RYAR Review: TALON by Julie Kagawa

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TALON by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 28, 2014
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy
Provided by: Blogger
Rating: 4 stars



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.


Julie Kagawa brings her amazing storytelling to TALON, a tale of dragons hiding among humans and the hunters who seek to end their existence. It’s a story filled with secrets and betrayal, lies, deceit and misconceptions. It’s an exciting start to a series that promises action, adventure, romance and danger.

The author once again introduces a heroine who is fierce and determined, who questions authority, who doesn’t follow the rules if they don’t make sense, and who fights for what she believes in. Even if it puts her in danger.

Told from both the perspective of the dragon – Ember – and the hunter – Garret – readers will learn what secrets both are keeping from one another, how they feel about each other, and whether their perceptions change or whether their original beliefs and dedication to their mission hold their loyalty. They’ll find out if a love story is possible between sworn enemies or if their connection is ill-fated.

And with a third point-of-view revealed later in the story, that of the rogue dragon Riley, readers will have to decide which boy they like more for Ember, who is more dangerous to her, and who will give her a happily ever after.

TALON’s sunny, beachfront setting is quite the departure from the author’s previous series as is the absence of a quest. But the story captivates with its characters that readers love to love and love to hate, the suspense and tension that comes from the fear of their secrets being revealed, of their being caught, of them falling in love, of not knowing what will happen next, the dragon lore the author introduces, and the Order whose objective it is to end them.

With a network of dragons whose ultimate purpose is shrouded in secrecy, whose leaders appear to be motivated by greed and vengeance, whose followers must fall in line “or else,” TALON sets the stage for a thrilling, action-packed series. With a human boy who holds a dragon girl’s heart and a rogue dragon who connects to the feisty and rebellious dragon in her, it delivers swoon-worthy romance, sizzling chemistry, tension and heartbreak.

And with Julie Kagawa’s ability to craft a story that immediately invites readers to escape into the world she created, makes them fall in love with her characters, makes them choose sides, makes them anxious about the outcome, and teases them about what’s next, the author has penned an enchanting, engaging, incredibly appealing and totally addictive read.

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