Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Series: Talon #1
THE DRAGONS OF TALON: Once hunted nearly to extinction, they are now poised to take over the world.
THE ORDER OF ST. GEORGE: The legendary dragonslayers will stop at nothing to wipe dragons from the face of the earth.
These mortal enemies are locked in secret and deadly combat, with humanity none the wiser.
To take her rightful place in the Talon organization, young dragon Ember Hill must prove she can hide her true nature and blend in with humans. Her delight at the prospect of a summer of “normal” teen experiences is short-lived, however, once she discovers that she’s also expected to train for her destined career in Talon. But a chance meeting with a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught.
As Ember struggles to accept her future, St. George soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian is tasked with hunting her down. But when faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to uncover the truth about dragons.
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐
I don’t know what possessed me but, after this book being on my shelf for so long, I finally, and really quite randomly, picked up Talon by Julie Kagawa.
Going into this all I knew was that it featured dragons so I didn’t really know what to expect and I didn’t have any expectations when I started it which I think is for the best because if I had gone in with high hopes I might have been a little disappointed.
Talon wasnt so much ‘DRAGONS!!’ as it was ‘meh dragons with human teenage drama‘. Not that I didn’t enjoy those aspects, believe me I am a total sucker for the magical creatures discover human life trope. I came to love the group of friends Ember, the main character made.
Speaking of Ember I liked her. She was fierce and entertaining and like I said enjoyed seeing her experiencing human things.
At the start of the book it was said that Ember isn’t attracted to humans and I was like Yes! Because why would she? She’s a freaking dragon! But then oh no in came the love interest, Garret and everything changed.
I don’t get the love for Garret. He was pretty boring in my opinion but maybe that’s just me being salty that about the whole dragon magically feeling attraction to a human thing.
I did however like the mystery dude Riley who we slowly learn more about through the story. I thought his storyline was interesting and intriguing.
There were a lot of things I didn’t understand about this book. How did Ember not realise Garret was a dragon hunter? She’s been trained all her life to fit in and notice this stuff but when he comes snooping around she doesn’t sense anything?
Also Garret was seeing signs everywhere. He got suspicious when Ember was home late. When she defended herself against some random guy. Like seriously dude come on.
And what even is Talon? Like it’s this big dragon organization. It’s literally the title of this book but I still don’t fully understand why it exists. There’s really not all that much world building. Why do some humans know about them and are so loyal to them? How do the dragon hunters know where to find the human looking dragons? Why don’t the dragons change their method every now and then to not be so predictable?
So many questions!
I’m not sure if I want to continue on with this series or not. I’m sceptical. I think it’s unlikely I’m gonna buy the physical editions but I’m still curious as to what the hell is going on with this thing!