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Talon (The Talon Saga Book 1) by [Kagawa, Julie]
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In this groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

"There are a dozen ’St. George’ soldiers hiding in that maze," my trainer said. "All hunting you. All looking to kill you. Welcome to phase two of your training, hatchling."

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragonslayers. 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.

"[An] intense and thought-provoking series." — School Library Journal on Blood of Eden

"A fresh and imaginative thrill-ride." — Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Immortal Rules

"Fantastic storytelling." — Times Record News on The Iron Knight



Praise for TALON:

'One killer storyteller.' — MTV


'The militarized conflict between Talon and St. George provides plenty of excitement, but this is mostly a classic starcrossed romance between two (potentially three) people questioning long-held beliefs. And Kagawa knows just how to end a first volume for maximum cliff-hanger drama.' — Booklist


'Talon is Exciting and I could not put it down, I highly recommend it for anyone.' — Aussie Bookworms Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 461 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (1 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5IZ4BW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Marguerite Gibson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Stars!!!

Love, love, loved Talon! Julie Kagawa has done it again! Now, the hype and wait for this book was huge, and I really had no doubts, but closer to release I noticed a few people were saying that Talon wasn't actually that fantastic. Well, I have to disagree. Talon is everything we were promised and I just loved it. Uh, I'm not very coherent here.
Ember was fantastic, feisty, independent and sure, I had my issues (like at the end with a certain someone, obviously there was going to be betrayal), but in general, I understood where she was coming from.
Ah, Julie, how do you do this with love triangles - they always work for you. In Talon, it's Garrett and Riley, and seriously, I'm not sure who I want Ember to be with. They are both fantastic and go through amazing character arcs (ugh, it's Puck and Ash, all over again). Obviously, both love interests are forbidden, so that just makes it even more intense (no, seriously, Julie, how do you do this?)
Dragons, surfing, summer fun, romance, fight scenes, intrigue, betrayal, drama - the list goes on, and Talon fulfills it all and the ending promises even more intense drama in the next installment, Rogue. Just, read this book, yeah.
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4.5 Stars

A new Kagawa series! I am excited! Featuring Dragons… Yes please!
This was a fantastic introduction to the Talon series, as I was able to meet and get to know a few of the characters quite well. There was a lot of detail also introduced, to get a great understanding of the world and what Talon is.

Ember has been looking forward to this summer break, as it will be her last hurrah before settling into her role in the Talon community. All dragons are raised with certain futures already set for them and she is no exception. She is lucky though because she has had her brother Ethan with her for the whole journey. But things don’t remain as peaceful as Ember hoped and she is thrust into more training. She meets a few people that also make her question what she knows about Talon, and I loved seeing her hesitate as it meant she is not just a yes girl. You could see her mind swaying all throughout the story.

With dragons, you can expect hunters, so that is where Garrett comes into it. He is part of St.George, the elite hunting team that bring Talon operatives down. He and his friend Tristan are sent on an undercover mission to flush the dragon out, but nothing could prepare him for the emotional turmoil this assignment would put him through. I really liked Garrett; his connection with Ember built slowly and they both felt the pull to one another. He has never had a normal life so is unsure how to deal with his feelings and I found that quite interesting to watch.

Talon is split in 2 parts; Ember and Garrett's perspectives were in the first part and another POV was introduced in the second part, which gave us more insight into the overall picture.
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That was SOOOOOO GOOD! I really wasn't expecting to like this book because I'd heard so many mediocre reports. But I do so love dragons. I LURVE DRAGONS. And while this book isn't 100% focused on their dragonish-ness (totally a word) it has characters I love and sparky humour and a ship I plan to sail until dawn.

Where do I even begin?! GAH! Let's talk about the characters. There are 3 POVs, Ember (dragon), Garrett (dragon killer) and eventually Riley (rogue dragon).

Ember: is really spunky and awesome. REFRESHING. She has a razor sharp tongue and is reckless. I totally loved her relationship with her brother and the way she gritted her teeth bared her tough training...and sneaked off to have fun. I JUST LIKED HER A LOT. Although, come on. Red hair?! Seriously? Why do all the YA heroines have red hair/green eyes these days?! And I have to admit her name is almost too cliche for me to swallow. Har, har, a DRAGON named EMBER.
Dante: is Ember's twin brother and mildly adorable. He's the follow-the-rules kind of guy, but he's still a sweetie. I REALLY liked him and it was refreshing to read about a sibling relationship. Although, um, they grow apart and start being stupid at each other and Ij ust watned to smack them in the heads and say "YOU'RE A FAMILY. ACT LIKE ONE." (view spoiler)
Garrett: I was not expecting to be so into Garrett. He's like a military boy who's never had fun and is all "do the job, be the job" and duuuuuh he falls for Ember. He's not 100% sure she's a dragon though, but he does suspect. It's absolutely painful watching him try to have fun. I SHIP THEM SO HARD.
Riley: Oh Riley Riley, Riley. Here is where it all falls apart. I could not care TWO HOOTS about Riley the Rogue. (At least his name alliterates. That's something.
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I’ve heard so many great things about this author before picking up this new series. Dragons are another love of mine so I thought that this was a no brainer in books. I had such high hopes for this book. But never have I heard dragons being boring, well until this book. The blurb promised incredible world-building and originality of the characters and plot.

I was really interested in the dragon world and maybe seeing some action along the way. Yet I got the unnecessary love-triangle, which made no sense and Ember who’s the main character who’s super special, and everyone’s after her. The whole story was pretty bland and very different from what I’ve heard of her other series. I also couldn’t believe the way that Ember acted that in reality she was a dragon.

If you love her other books I don’t believe that you’d enjoy this one.

Lisa from www.mademoisellesnow.com
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