Is there no end to this woman's writing talent?!! Julie Kagawa has once again drawn me into one of her stunning worlds where I have been totally and blissfully ensconced for the past few days with intermittent bothersome reappearances into my real world. First I read her Iron Fey series (Amazing) which features Fairies, then I read her Blood of Eden series (Again, Amazing) which features Vampires and now I have just read her first book Talon from her new Talon Saga series which is due out in October 2014 which yes you've guessed it was....Amazing.
When I read the synopsis for Talon I thought it sounded really interesting but that there was no way someone can pull off a book with shape shifting Dragons and make me feel any attachment for a mythological creature but I should have known that if anyone could do it, it would have been Mrs Kagawa. I have been absolutely glued to this book and have snuck every spare minute I could muster to read this. If you are a fan of Julie Kagawa books or just a fan of YA, Dragon or Fantasy reads then you will love this book and thank you very much to Harlequin for the ARC.
The premise of the series is that Dragons live among us and that they are able to shift into Human form in order to blend in with us. There are two main factions in the book; Talon and the Order of St. George.
Talon is the Dragons governance and they are in control of all Dragons in the world (except for rogue Dragons who have broken away from Talon) and are responsible for the safety and placement of all Dragons. Talon will bring a hatchling (baby dragon till they are about 50 years old) up, train them to observe, assimilate and blend in with human society and then ultimately decide as to where within Talon they will continue their training and what role they will play in the future such as become a chameleon and fit in to a high role within the human world.
Ember and her brother Dante are teen Dragons who are just about to enter into their training to decide as to what role they will ultimately play within Talon but first their test, and that is to blend into Human life whilst being watched over by their Human guardians. They have just been introduced to their new 'aunt and uncle' and are enjoying their little bit of freedom in southern California, surfing and hanging out with their new Human friends before their training continues after the summer.
The Order of St. George is a Human military faction of soldiers who's only goal in life is to rid the world of the Dragon demon wyrms which involves hunting down any possible 'sleeper' Dragons and exterminating them.
Garret Xavier Sebastian is one of the Order of St. George's soldiers and he has been given the mission along with his friend and brother in arms Tristan St. Anthony to infiltrate the narrowed down group of suspects in Crescent Beach, find out who the Dragon sleeper is and exterminate them. Garret has been raised within the Order and has been brought up to believe that all Dragons are emotionless, soulless demon wyrms who are fit only for extinction but the green gaze of Ember and her life loving personality soon ensnare him. Could all Dragons be evil or could there be some who are different?
Ember likewise has been brought up to believe that all soldiers of the Order are just Dragon murderers with no redeeming qualities so will she discover who Garret really is and if so will her beliefs stand true in the face of her strange Human feelings for him?
If the two characters were not enough, cue Riley/Cobalt who is a rogue Dragon on the run from both Talon and the Order and claims to know things about Talon that Ember doesn't. Will curiosity get the better of her and why does her Dragon rejoice in his presence?............
Absolutely gripping, page turning story that has left me bereft waiting to read the next book which is due to be released next April and will be called Rogue.Rogue (Talon Saga)