Soldier by Julie KagawaSoldier by Julie Kagawa

Soldier

byJulie Kagawa

Hardcover | April 26, 2016

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When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She's lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.  

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragon-slayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon's new order rises.
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California on October 12, 1982. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in bookstores and as a dog trainer. Her books include The Iron Fey series, The Iron Legends, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, and The Talon Saga.
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Title:SoldierFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.53 × 5.74 × 1.26 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373211600

ISBN - 13:9780373211609

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from No thanks Too much like all the others of this genre
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explosive and Glorious and GIMME MORE!!! MIND. BLOWN. From the very beginning, I was reminded why I fell in love with this series so much. The characters, the world, the mystery, the tension, the action, the romance, the drama, the dialogue– you name it, I loved it. Unquestionably the best in the series so far. There were so many uncovered secrets, so many twists and turns from every character's POV. I love every main character, even Dante, who had an EXPLOSIVE EPILOGUE, but the highlights were of course Ember and Garret. I adore their romance, though it's clear that Kagawa wants to crush us with romantic tension. Ember's story revolved around her feelings for Riley and Garret for the most part, but I was fine with that, since this was essentially a Garret story. We learned so much about his past, including a major shock near the end that will shake his foundations. As for the end (before the epilogue), I refuse to believe it happened. Nope nope nope. I'm going with my gut on this and while Kagawa lives for yanking our heartstrings viciously (anybody remember the ending of THE ETERNITY CURE? Because I sure as hell do!!!), but that ending would be too much. It's wrecking me, but I still can't deny that this is definitely the best of the TALON SAGA so far. There is so much going on that it's living up to its epic name. I seriously cannot wait for the next book. One of the best novels I've read all year!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Exciting "Soldier" the exciting and gripping third book in the "Talon" series continues as Talon and St. George hunt for the rogues Ember Hill, Riley (aka ex-Basilisk Cobalt) and the soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian. The story picks up when Garret journeys to England the home of the Order of St. George and its Patriarch only to uncover a deadly secret and treacherous coalition that will shake the foundations of both organizations. When he discovers a plan to entrap and kill Ember and Riley, Garret engages the help of a new ally with the hope of returning in time to save the two rogue dragons. After his dismal failure in capturing his sister Dante is enlisted by Talon to work on a secret project that will not only bolster their dragon army, but could mean the massacre of humanity. Although plagued by conscience Dante will do anything in his power to rise in Talon's hierarchy, and in fulfilling his duty will learn a shocking truth. Set against a background of war between dragons and dragonslayers, odds against the rogues surviving the escalating clash mount as they learn a dangerous secret behind the growing number of attacks by the soldiers of St. George that could destroy Riley's underground network. Woven into this fascinating page-turner Garret's past and his training as a soldier after the death of his parents are revealed, giving new insight into his dedication to the Order and his beliefs before awakening to the truth of both. One of the themes of this story centers around the fragility of life as dragonslayer missions escalate even attacking a peaceful temple, with a secret alliance that forces an agonizing decision, as well as the brutality of Talon's cloning scheme to supplement their breeding facilities. This plot is fast-paced and action-packed as Ember, Riley and Garret escape entrapment, raid a library, and are confronted with a deadly duel. Each new twist in the plot fuels the intensity and suspense until culminating in a shocking ending that begs for another novel. And amid all the violence and turmoil Ember is faced with an agonizing decision about her feelings for Garret and Riley; one possessive and protective, the other conflicted and tormented. Yet as she struggles an Eastern Dragon adds a further complication to her emotional turmoil when she's told of the "Sallith'tahn" , a dragon's instinct to find their life-mate; an inclination thought eliminated by Talon to ensure the dragons devotion to their cause. But in a story that revolves around choices, Ember is determined to make her own decision about who to love which could have tragic repercussions in a world where death is never far away and the price of freedom is costly. Ember Hill who's sick of all the killing, yearning for peace between dragons and humans continually matures as the series progresses. Stubborn, smart and resourceful she begins to accept the consequences of her life as a rogue. Like all the characters in this series Ember's personality continues to grow as she not only faces Talon's conniving manipulation in the war but is wounded again by St. George's soldiers. Brash and defiant Riley (aka the dragon Cobalt) is steadfast in his determination to protect his safe houses and the hatchlings. Hot-tempered, brash he's also cunning, brave and honourable, never yielding to his temptation to kill his rival. In contrast Garret Sebastian is a steady, unshakable soldier who wants to make amends for the blood he spilled. Frustrated and hurt when he left for England, his love and respect for Ember is constant, never changing. All these characters and many more like the serene, practical and empathetic Eastern dragon Jade; the arrogant and devious Patriarch; and Ember's ambitious but conflicted brother Dante continue to add power and passion to the evolving action and drama. I give "Soldier" the third book in this highly imaginative and captivating series high praise I'm looking forward to the next story by this talented writer
Date published: 2016-05-11