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Talon

by, Julie Kagawa 

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

Enthralling story with a fascinating setting where dragons and armies of St. George continue to battle in secret. 

While the author tells the story well, she seems to fall into repetitive metaphors which continued to skip around for a few chapters until she got stuck on a different metaphor. Her main record skip was how the characters kept expressing emotions via sensations in their stomachs ("stomach fluttered" "stomach twisted" "stomach tightened" "stomach flipped"). Another, in two consecutive chapters, was the statement "dragons who refused to die" which kept being said by different characters.

All in all, I enjoyed the read and found myself hard pressed to put it down at night so I could get some sleep! The story moved in unexpected directions, and the characters were interesting. I'm very excited for book 2. A well-layered plot told through intriguing character voices.

I like where the story is going. Simple messages about acceptance and understanding are unveiled in intelligent ways and illuminate how much damage can happen when differences are feared instead of valued. It's evident that this concept is going to be well fleshed out in subsequent books, and I like the author's insights.

Rogue (Talon #2)

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant. 

 

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war? 

Kagawa ramps up the action and intensity for this story, book #2 of the Talon series. Our characters are constantly on the run, and we get a more intense look into the life of the dark and mysterious Riley/Cobalt.

As stated in my review of Talon #1, while the author tells the story well, she seems to fall into repetitive metaphors which continued to skip around. I think every other chapter, a male character "raked fingers" through their hair. I'm sure there are plenty of other ways frustration could be expressed visually, but every male character repetitively "raked fingers" through their hair. Kagawa is so very creative, so I know she is capable of writing new metaphors to express her characters' emotions.

There is a lot more exploration of the characters and their relationships with one another. I liked this book slightly more than book 1 because of the very turbulent, emotional, and high-octane road the plot travels along (at, like, speeds of Mach 5). It forces the characters to confront difficult questions and make even more difficult choices.

Of note, there is swearing in the book - including the f-bomb. Its not in every chapter, but its frequent enough. So parents are aware, I would give this "young adult" book an R rating.

I look forward to book 3. These stories are well-written (despite some very over-used expressions) and character driven. I enjoy the rich culture of the world and the tough-as-dragon-scales main character Ember. I eagerly anticipate what's to come, because I think our author is hiding some bombshell secrets to be discovered soon...

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