5 Things About Talon by Julie Kagawa

April 21, 2017 Review 22 ★★½

5 Things About Talon by Julie Kagawa
Talon by Julie Kagawa
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Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Chris Patton, MacLeod Andrews
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 449
Length: 12hrs 32min
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Series: Talon Saga #1
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 becomestrong 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 think it was a miss

After hearing mixed reviews (both online and from friends who DNFed early on) I was really hesitant to start TALON. I love Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey and Blood of Eden books, so I really was hoping this was okay, but the mixed reception had me worried. And unfortunately everything my friends said was true. There were so many things that irritated me with TALON.

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It wasn’t all that unique

This was one of the things I struggled with most. It’s a fairly typical paranormal shifting creature who belongs to an organisation that isn’t what it appears, being hunted by another organisation. That’s sounds super convoluted, but I bet you’ve read at least one thing like it before. In addition to that, Ember, our heroine, was such a typical angsty shifter girl. She complained a lot, and pined a lot, and was always breaking the rules and [insert every other typical YA heroine thing you can think of].

So much angst

You bet there’s a love triangle in this book. It’s only just starting technically but it’s already sappy and angsty. I did not enjoy the main romance, let alone the hint of the developing triangle. I get the feeling that it’s only going to frustrate me more in the sequels (if I read them)

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The action scenes were good though

The action scenes were what reminded me that Julie Kagawa is a decent writer. These were fast, easy to follow, and the most interesting parts to read to be honest. I’d be much happier if the rest of the book was as good as the action scenes (a.k.a. Less angst and typical YA paranormal shifter drama).

I much prefer reptilian dragons

The scenes were the dragons got to take their true reptile form were so cool! The descriptions of flying and attacking were so interesting. If nothing else, TALON has helped me realise I much prefer the big scaly dragons to those that can shift and spend most of their time in human form.

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TALON wasn’t really the best book for me. It was pretty typical, with the secret organisations and shifting paranormal creature, not to mention the love triangle. I’m really disappointed. However I might still give ROGUE a go someday because I do really like Julie Kagawa’s writing (here’s hoping it’s like the Iron Fey series that gets better as it goes).

TALON wasn’t for me, but it might be for you! 
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Overall: 2.4

22 Responses to “5 Things About Talon by Julie Kagawa”

    • Bec

      If the love triangle is done well, I can like it. Unfortunately most aren’t that great and get in the way of everything -_-

    • Bec

      The dragon bits were AWESOME. I just couldn’t get past Ember’s angst and the love triangle :(

  1. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I read and loved Julie’s Iron Fey series (it was one of the first series I read when I was really getting into reading YA) but her Blood of Eden series lost my interest pretty quickly. Since then, I haven’t picked up another one of her books. I’m sorry to hear this one was a bust! It sounded pretty cool (and I’m always up for some dragons) but too much angst and a love triangle can really ruin things. I don’t think this will be one I pick up anytime soon.

    Thanks for the honest review!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!
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    • Bec

      The Iron Fey was also one of my own first YA series! I personally enjoyed Blood of Eden more (post apocalyptic is awesome. I still need to finish the last book).

      It really had so much potential :/

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    The mixed buzz is basically why I haven’t gotten into this series yet – despite my obvious love of dragons. Reading your review here reminded me of what everyone’s issues were with this one and also reminded me why I waited to read it. I do think I will read it sometime just to see for myself but I’m definitely in no rush. Great review nonetheless! xx
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    • Bec

      It might be worth looking for some reviews of the sequels to see if it’s worth trying to get through Talon. I have hope the series gets better because I do want to like Kagawa’s new series.

    • Bec

      For something so awesome, there aren’t many books that do dragons as MCs/ main parts of the book well :(

  3. Pamela

    *sigh* I’ve read Rogue, but I don’t think I will be continuing the series. Julie Kagawa made it to my favorite authors because of how much I enjoyed the Iron Fey series. So when I heard about Talon? It was like Christmas. Julie Kagawa+Dragons? OMG A COMBINATION MADE IN HEAVEN. So I’d say the book was kind of meh if you read it with no expectations.

    But I had such HIGH ones, that it ended up being underwhelming. It was entertaining, but I was hoping for mindblowingly epic, to be honest :/

    She could have done so much more with the concept in her hands!
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    • Bec

      Damn that sucks :( It’s such a shame after how awesome Julie’s other series are. Hopefully her next series is better.

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