Review: Talon, Julie Kagawa

November 17, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★½

Review: Talon, Julie KagawaTalon by Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Published by HarlequinTEEN on October 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 413
Source: Netgalley
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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.

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Julie Kagawa’s new young adult book, Talon. The review is an extract from episode 16 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on November 12, 2014.

You can find links to all our podcast episodes on the main podcast page.

Quotes from the review:

“It’s about St George falling in love with the Dragon” – Ang

“I was hoping it was going to be as epic as The Immortal Rules trilogy, but I was a little bit let down.” – Philly

“Like a teen summer romance book that happens to have dragons in it.” – Ang

“Scary Talon Lady is an awesome baddy – she’s terrifying!” – Ang

(paraphrased) “The climax and ending was really great, but it dragged a bit through the middle” – Philly

“The actions scenes are amazing!” – both

three-half-stars – We hoped for the start to an epic new dragon series, but this one didn’t really do it for us. Hopefully the next book will make up for it.

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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