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Talon (The Talon Saga) 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: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • 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: #2,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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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Ut omnes segimus. As one, we rise.

Talon is the first in a new contemporary fantasy young adult series from author Julie Kagawa.

Centuries ago, dragons were forced into hiding, hunted near to extinction by the legendary dragonslayers, The Order of St George. Shifting into human form allowed dragonkind to survive and even thrive in secret, building a network which has successfully infiltrated human society, biding their time until the day Talon will rise up and reclaim the world.
Ember and Dante Hill are hatchlings who have lived their whole lives hidden within a Talon facility learning the skills they will need to survive as operatives within the organisation. Their last training task requires them to seamlessly assimilate into human society and so for one summer they will live as human teenagers on the sunny coast of LA. Ember is delighted with her new found freedom, but her experiences living among humans, as well as a chance meeting with a rogue dragon, causes her to begin to question the dictates of Talon and when she learns of the organisations plans for her, she is forced to make a difficult choice.

Talon unfolds through the perspectives of Ember, the teenage St George soldier, Garret Xavier Sebastian, tasked with discovering the human identity of the dragon known to have been seeded into the locale, and later, Riley aka Cobalt, a rogue dragon on the run from both Talon and the dragonslayers.

The pace is a little slow to begin with, allowing Kagawa to establish character and back story. There are elements of suspense, intrigue and drama as Ember defies Talon, her scary trainer, Lilith, and her brother, Dante, in search of the truth, while the Order of St George grows ever closer to exposing her.
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