Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon (Book 1)
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.
How I got this book: Bought
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
I seem to have a somewhat unpopular opinion with this book in that I loved it.
Like, I actually really enjoyed it.
I mean, sure, I had some issues with it, and I totally get why so many people don’t like it, but I still really, really liked it.
Ok, let’s move onto the issues, because they were there:
1. The instalove.
Ok, I’ve seen some instalove which has been completely ignorable as instalove…not this time. This was honestly ridiculous. It was literally love-at-first-sight. Like, Ember and her new human friends were being harassed by some morons, and Garrett steps in and beats the guys up with his friend.
Ok, that’s fine.
But from that point on, neither Ember nor Garrett are able to forget the other, and the whole thing is just ridiculous.
2. The love triangle
Ok, so we have the instalove with Garret and Ember. Ok, fine. But just in case that wasn’t enough…BAM! Introduce mysterious rogue dragon, Riley, who is in love* with Ember, because he’s watched her from a distance and reckons they have similarities.
*Note: Apparently these dragons have an inability to fall in love, so the whole Ember/Riley thing is a little more complicated. Also, this inability is weird, because of the whole Ember/Garret thing. I’m hoping there is some qualification in later books, and it isn’t just a case of ‘wow, that guy is so hot I suddenly am able to love’…because at the moment, that’s what it feels like.
These issues aside, I did actually really enjoy this book, and I am really looking forward to the next one.
Renee Bookboyfriends said:
I am glad that there is at least 1 black sheep after all the bad(ish) reviews. 😀 Glad you liked it. I plan on reading it after I read down my to-read pile a bit. 😀
Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer said:
I skimmed the review because I might want to read this, but it’s so weird how polarised these reviews are! I’ve seen heaps of both one-star and five-star reads, so I’m very intrigued…
Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) said:
Hmm interesting. I am cringing at the words instant love AND love triangle (which is seriously not a good sign) but it is Julie Kagawa and I still want to give her a chance regardless.
Lovely review, Cassie! <33
I’m glad you loved it. Most reviews I have read haven’t. I love Julie Kagawa and want to give this one a go and I’m hoping I’ll love it too. I love Dragons and really want this to be good.