Title: Talon (Talon #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Excerpt from Goodreads:
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.
Ok, I don’t even know where to begin with this book… First of all, DRAGONS. And not just any dragons, dragons that can shape shift into humans. The moment I read the synopsis on this book, I knew I just had to read it. From the very second I starting read this book, I could not put it down.
The story is told from two different point of views. Ember Hill’s and Garret Xavier Sebastian’s. One chapter is seen through Ember’s eyes and the other is seen through Garret’s. I really loved reading from their point of views. The dragon and the dragon slayer. I feel when authors integrate multiple points of views, you can get a more overall picture of the entire story and the author did it fabulously here.
Now for the content of the story. Ember and Dante Hill are very rare twin dragons. They have spent most of their lives underground being educated on the ways of human society by a group called Talon. They finally get to spend their first summer in society learning how to adapt and interact with humans. Dante is the responsible one and has no problem obeying the rules that Talon sets for him. However, Ember just wants to enjoy her first bit of freedom she has ever had. Regardless of the rules.
And then there is Garret. Garret’s parents were killed by dragons when he was young, so he has hated them his entire life. Since the death of his parents, he has been apart of a group called the Order of St. George. A group that hunts and kills dragons. Garret has been sent on a mission to hunt in an area where a dragon might possibly be located. The same area in which Ember and Dante Hill are located.
Ember and Garret meet and begin to form a relationship. Ember begins to wonder if Talon is really who they say they are and Garret begins to implore the idea that St. George might not know as much about dragons as they so preached.
We also get to meet a rebellious and mysterious dragon named Cobalt, human name Riley. Ember’s human side is drawn to Garret while her dragon side is drawn to Riley, which makes for a very interesting love triangle.
I seriously loved this book! The story line was quick, but not to a point that it felt rushed. I never got bored. The ending leaves you with a twist so big that you want to pick up the second book and start reading right away. I cannot wait for the second installment of this series! This book is definitely one of the better, if not the best, dragon books i have ever read. If you are contemplating on whether or not you need to read this book, let me help you… GO READ IT NOW!!!!
5 out of 5 stars