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Talon by Julie Kagawa Book Review

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 have enjoyed Julie Kagawa's other series a lot, they're always very exciting and fun. So I was pretty excited for this book for the reason alone, but then I find out it's about dragons? I'm 100% in. And I really wasn't disappointed. This book had a different vibe then her other series, but then they were about completely different topics (vampires and faeries) and had different characters. But even if it did feel a bit different, I still felt her writing style through the book. 

There are the dragons, under a dragon organization called Talon, and the St.George soldiers who try to kill them. Our main character, Ember, is a Talon hatchling learning to assimilate to the human world. And she gets into a bit of trouble when she runs into two guys who could both lead to dangerous situations...and she has feelings for both of them! I thought the romance was all right, the main issue I had with it was I would forget that one of the boys was actually her age because he acted really mature. As characters go I liked them but none of them really stood out much. I liked Ember and, although she got on my nerves once or twice, I think she makes a good main character. I also liked how we get to switch between the boys' and Ember's POVs it really helps to explain things. 

The plot got me interested and kept me interested, I flew through the last half of the book. While not too much happens there's a lot of build up and a good battle towards the ending. All of the dragon aspects of the book I loved and I liked the way she sets up Talon how it was run. The thing that never really got explained very well was how the dragons were able to turn into humans...

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite everything that I had hoped for, but I thought it made a good start to the series. It was a fast read and I really got into the story quickly. I loved the dragons and a lot of the plot/world building that she's done with this book.  I'm looking forward to the second book and I can't wait to find out what happens next! I'm giving Talon 4 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or where she may be...there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. I read an excerpt of Talon in the Buzz Books YA ebook and it really intrigued me! I hope I will like the book as well, I have never read a Julie Kagawa book. Great review!

  2. I have been seeing some not-so-impressed reviews of this book. I don't have a lot of expectations, but I know the love triangle will drive me nuts. :(

  3. Glad you weren't disappointed with this. I want to read it for the dragon factor alone!


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