Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Excerpt from Goodreads:
Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
In the second installment of the Talon series, Rogue picks up where Talon left off. Garret is put on trial and sentenced to death for betraying The Order and everything they believe in and Ember still plans on saving him. While Riley thinks that rescuing Garret is a suicide mission, he won’t refuse Ember’s wishes because his dragon side, Cobalt, is in “love” (lust) with Ember. While all this is happening, Dante is back at Talon and is working on a plan to find Ember and bring her back to Talon.
While Rogue does introduce us to more dragons, I feel like Rogue fell short of my expectations. I loved Talon, but Rogue lacked the romance that Talon had and I think that is part of the reason Rogue fell short for me. The little romance we get a slight glimpse of is squandered by Ember’s horrible decision-making skills.
More on Ember. Ember seriously frustrated me in this installment. I really loved getting to know her in Talon, but it’s almost like she is someone else in Rogue. Yes, I get that she is under tons of stress and she has never been in a situation like this one before, but dang. Ember’s human side is attracted to Garrett, while her dragon side is attracted to Riley/Cobalt. Only problem is, her attraction to Riley is nothing but lust. Garret truly cares about her and yet she still can’t make up her mind. I feel like this is such an unnecessary love triangle because we all know who Ember is going to end up with.
This story is told through way too many perspectives. Ember, Dante, Garret, Riley, and Cobalt’s to be precise. I don’t remember Talon having this many point of views, but if I’m wrong, please correct me. Now I don’t have anything against multiple point of views, but sometime it works and other times it does not. This time it did not work.
Overall, I liked Rogue, but it didn’t blow me away like Talon did. It actually took me some time to finish it because it felt like such a filler book. I will read the next installment in this series, but I don’t think I’ll be running to the shelves to read it.
3 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.