Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa

 

Title: Talon { Talon #1}

Author: Julie Kagawa

Published: HarlequinTeen November 2014

Status: Read from November 04 to 05, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Ut omnes segimus. As one, we rise.

Talon is the first in a new contemporary fantasy young adult series from author Julie Kagawa.

Centuries ago, dragons were forced into hiding, hunted near to extinction by the legendary dragonslayers, The Order of St George. Shifting into human form allowed dragonkind to survive and even thrive in secret, building a network which has successfully infiltrated human society, biding their time until the day Talon will rise up and reclaim the world.
Ember and Dante Hill are hatchlings who have lived their whole lives hidden within a Talon facility learning the skills they will need to survive as operatives within the organisation. Their last training task requires them to seamlessly assimilate into human society and so for one summer they will live as human teenagers on the sunny coast of LA. Ember is delighted with her new found freedom, but her experiences living among humans, as well as a chance meeting with a rogue dragon, causes her to begin to question the dictates of Talon and when she learns of the organisations plans for her, she is forced to make a difficult choice.

Talon unfolds through the perspectives of Ember, the teenage St George soldier, Garret Xavier Sebastian, tasked with discovering the human identity of the dragon known to have been seeded into the locale, and later, Riley aka Cobalt, a rogue dragon on the run from both Talon and the dragonslayers.

The pace is a little slow to begin with, allowing Kagawa to establish character and back story. There are elements of suspense, intrigue and drama as Ember defies Talon, her scary trainer, Lilith, and her brother, Dante, in search of the truth, while the Order of St George grows ever closer to exposing her. I enjoyed the action as it develops and the last few scenes are tense and fast paced.

Though the love triangle has a bit of a twist in that both Garrett and Riley – one a St George soldier, the other a rogue dragon – are ‘bad’ boys, it is still, well, a love triangle, not my favourite trope. That said, I liked both of them and there is chemistry between each boy and Ember.

Talon isn’t as strong as I perhaps hoped, the plot lacks some originality, but there is potential for Kagawa to create something more unique as the series develops. Talon is a light, quick and entertaining read, but be warned, there is a cliffhanger ending and the second book, Rogue, won’t be published for another six months or so.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Patty
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 03:00:53

    I felt that, too, I normally love her books but this one was not what I expected!

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