Talon

Talon

Book - 2014
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In a world in which near-extinct dragons pass as humans to grow their numbers secretly, siblings Ember and Dante Hill prepare for destined positions in the world of Talon only to be hunted by a dragon-slaying soldier.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa will be available Apr 26, 2016. Preorder your copy today!

Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373212156
0373212151
9780373211395
0373211392
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kagawa TEEN
Characteristics: 461 pages ; 22 cm

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PimaLib_IngridT Jun 05, 2015

I opened wide the front and back cover and never had a cover enthrall me so much. The story was lots of fun to too!


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goddessbeth
Nov 13, 2016

This is solidly YA (meaning, kids 12ish to 20ish will enjoy this more than adults, I think). It's not a bad book, it's just filled with tropes I dislike, like love triangles and predictable betrayals. And very flat characters. The whole plot felt called in and the characters didn't feel genuine.

I like the concept that dragons walk about us, and the Order of St. George are timeless dragon hunters. But I didn't like that Ember's entire stance ("the dragon inside me") is so obviously human, even though she's supposed to be a dragon. I get that she was trained to blend in with humans, but when she refers to her real self as human, constantly....it just would've worked better if either Kagawa could've made her a bit more alien, or created a plot device where Ember was raised human and then discovered she was a dragon or something.

Also, the villains are very flat and Snidely Whiplash/Bond villain. And Dante was practically nonexistent as far as existing as other than a plot device.

On the plus side, the surfing stuff was a nifty detail I don't often see.

I don't actually recommend this one, unless you love dragons more than you love complex plot and developed characters. I won't be continuing the series. Do Kagawa's books get better? I hope so, because I've heard a lot about them. I also think I may need to step back from YA next month, because I'm getting seasick swinging between juvenile YA and phenomenal YA.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jun 19, 2016

If dragons are your thing, this is what you want to read. Surfing, dragons, Knights of St George, what cant be liked about this book?

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funkyjulie
Jun 12, 2016

This book was incredible! It completely got me hooked. READ IT!!!!

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SunnyDTang
Mar 22, 2016

The book was pretty amazing. A large stretch from the usual genre that I usually read, but I have been told many times that it is good for me to expand my book choices. Lucky for me, I finished the book in a library, and right after I finished the book, I found the sequel there, untouched and waiting for me to pick it up and continue reading.

PimaLib_IngridT Jun 05, 2015

I opened wide the front and back cover and never had a cover enthrall me so much. The story was lots of fun to too!

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puzumaki
May 14, 2015

I found this a disappointing follow up to the Blood of Eden series. Blood of Eden was gritty where this one is much more teen romance with two hot guys shtick.

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SyedaHasan
Mar 21, 2015

WASNT THERE SUPPOSED TO BE A SECOND BOOK?! WHERE IS IT!!??

kirstd31 Jan 20, 2015

The book was okay. I did not like it as well has her other books. Ember is a dragon in training learning how to be human.

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emilyswartzer
May 15, 2014

Totally ADORE this lady. Man, she can write. I will read anything she writes. I can't wait for this, but what happened to Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3?

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May 30, 2015

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jm9899
Nov 03, 2014

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Asheligh
Jun 17, 2016

Clothes I could understand; shoes seemed to be the humans' equivalent of shiny things and treasure. Maybe they hoarded boots like we did gemstones.

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jm9899
Nov 03, 2014

"There are a dozen 'St. George soldiers' hiding in that maze," she continued, smiling down at me. "All hunting you. All looking to kill you. Welcome to phase two of your training, hatchling."

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