Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Chris Patton, MacLeod Andrews
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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
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.
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)
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.
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).