Review: Soldier, Julie Kagawa

July 6, 2016 Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review: Soldier, Julie KagawaSoldier by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 380
Source: My copy
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The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

angelyas_reviewIn the third instalment of Julie Kagawa’s Talon series, it’s Dragons vs the society of St. George once again. This review contains spoilers for the first two books. You might like to listen to our audio reviews for Talon or for Rogue, instead.

Julie Kagawa has delivered, as always, a rollercoaster of a story with a major twist and cliffhanger at the end.

Ember, Riley and Wes are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of St. George. Meanwhile, Garret, suspecting something dodgy is going on with the Order, heads to England to find some answers. What he finds there ends up drawing them all into an even bigger conspiracy.

I’ve said in previous reviews that I love Julie Kagawa’s fast-paced storytelling, with plenty of action and sweet romance now and then. Soldier certainly doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of action and fight scenes, as well as development of the love story.

Ember has dual personalities: her dragon side, which yearns to be with Cobalt (Riley’s dragon self), and her human side, in love with the human soldier, Garret. That makes for a seriously awkward love triangle, and this book is mostly about that.

There is also quite a lot of Garret’s back story from his early days in St. George, which sheds light on just how huge it was for him to turn his back on the Order to protect Ember. What a sweetheart, even if he is a trained killer!

I warmed up to Riley in this book. In previous books, I kept thinking of him as an older man/dragon, making his interest in Ember seem creepy. I’m getting over that now, especially with the revelations in this part of the story. Still, he makes me cringe when he keeps calling her ‘Firebrand’ all the time. What a rubbish nickname!

With such a major cliffhanger and reveal at the end, it’s going to be a tense wait for the fourth book in this five-book series, Legion!

Read this series if you like fast-paced adventure, with a side of dragons!

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Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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