Book Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Written by: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 28th 2014
Pages: 461, Hardcover
Series: Talon, 1
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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.

 

LetsTalk

Alright here is my confession, I’m a sucker for sappy romance books. Some people love the books where the romance is back burner-ed, and some like the ones where the romance and plot are equal. And don’t get me wrong I love both of those too. But give me a cliche romance novel and I’m a happy camper(I read The Selection in one day.). Even better give me a well written, good plot, cliche romance with a swoony guy? I’m so far gone.

That’s what Talon was.

I liked the characters of Talon especially, when there are chapters from different POVs sometimes the writing can mesh together, it can feel like the same character over and over again. I didn’t get that with Talon, I felt like each character was fleshed out and unique. Although the secondary characters did fall flatter than the main characters, but given the plot twist at the end I’m not terribly surprised.

Didn'tWork

I suppose I should mention here, Talon is published by Harlequin Teen. There’s nothing groundbreaking in this book. It’s not the next Fault In Our Stars. There wasn’t a plot twist that will surprise you. The romance is cliche and typical, and you can call what’s going to happen from the start of the book. But that doesn’t take away from the story. It’s like when you go to a romantic comedy about two people who hate each other at the theater, you know at the end of the movie they’ll be together no matter what. Talon is the same way, and to some it could be boring.

DidWork

I really liked the world of Talon, I haven’t spoken about it much here, but I liked the idea of dragons with us, and St. George fighting for us. The way the two mortal enemies have worked against each other for centuries, and those built up prejudices that both sides have. I loved the way we got to watch Ember and Garret break down those walls, without even realizing they were breaking down the walls.

Another thing that I haven’t yet mentioned in this review a lot is Garret. Now my entire outlook on Talon might be colored by the fact that I adored Garret. Like the love triangle didn’t even feel like much of a love triangle because I am so biased to Garret I couldn’t even choose Riley if you gave me a million dollars. In fact I think this is the first I mentioned of him, because I just kinda didn’t care. But I loved Garret, he made this book for me in a million different ways that I shouldn’t list.

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Yes. Thanks to my slight obsession with books like this Talon quickly became one of my favorite books of 2014. I can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
Sondra 

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