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Talon

byJulie Kagawa

Paperback | April 26, 2016

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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.
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:TalonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.98 × 5.26 × 1.05 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373212151

ISBN - 13:9780373212156

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read Just loved this book and could not wait to get the second one
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this book! I've always loved dragons, but Julie Kagawa is brilliant in creating a world where dragons walk amongst us. This is my favourite series that she's written, this first book was a wonderful surprise.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting take on dragons Talon is an organization made up of dragons hiding among humans. Able to take human form, they integrate themselves into the human world. Ember is important for Talon, not just because she is a dragonelle - a female dragon - but also because she has a twin, Dante, something unheard of for dragons. Ember and Dante have been sent out into the human world for a summer to learn how to properly blend in with humans. This is Ember's first taste of freedom, as she and Dante grew up isolated in a compound out in the middle of nowhere. At the same time, the hatchlings are being trained for whatever faction Talon has decided they will be placed in for the rest of their lives, though Ember has no idea what Talon has in store for her. Meeting a rogue dragon, one who has run away from Talon, makes Ember question what she knows about Talon. Meanwhile, she starts falling for a human boy she knows she can never be with. But Garrett has his own secrets. A member of the Order of Saint George, Garrett is a soldier trained solely to kill dragons, creatures he believes to be the ultimate evil. He's been sent to the same town as Ember and Dante to try and find the sleeper hatchling Saint Geroge believes is hiding there. "Talon" is an interesting debut novel. The fiery female protagonist that rebels against authority, shady organizations with countless secrets, and two sworn enemies that fall in love, are all somewhat cliche in the YA genre, but "Talon" manages to have enough of an interesting twist to offer intrigue. And, although the novel starts off slow and has a few pacing issues, it does pick up later on, and the multiple points of view and storylines weaved together make enough of an interesting read to slog through the slow bits.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thrilling ride Julie Kagawa shall forever be one of my favourite authors ever. She writes the best books and seriously, the best boys. It's been quite awhile since I've ever felt so much thrill and excitement while reading a book. Talon started off with an immature protagonist Ember, and though, I thought I wouldn't like it, I had put it down for awhile until I received a physical copy to try it again. And guys , it was one the best decisions I've made. Seriously, where I had left off, I was just getting to the good part. The first half of the book may be quite annoying, but please, and I beg you, please do not give up. It gets so much better. There is much action with Riley, Garrett and Ember that literally your heart is racing and you seriously cannot turn the pages fast enough. Ember is immature and may be quite annoying, but trust me when I say it will get better. Even the Iron Fey series, Kagawa's main character still had a lot of growing up she needed to do. And let's just say that Garrett is another boy I shall add to my list of all-time book boyfriends. He may be similar to Ash from The Iron Fey series (Ash is my all-time favourite), but they are so different in so many levels. One of them being is that Garrett is so inexperienced. The other guy, Riley, is also another swoony guy, but Talon didn't go too in depth on Riley. It primarily focused on Ember and Garrett. I'm so excited for Rogue to come out and I'm seriously pre-ordering it because my heart cannot contain all of these emotions. And I just want more Ember, Riley, Garrett and Dante. I can seriously tell that the second book is going to be epic.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I've had this book for a while and finally got around to reading it. I enjoy reading about dragons and this was a fun take on it. Despite the insta-love, I couldn't help but feel giddy reading about Ember and Garret. I also liked the alternating POVs.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Before I read this book, I knew nothing about it or Julie Kagawa. All I was told was that it was about dragons. I was pleasantly surprised by the nature of the novel and the world that was created - it went beyond my expectations, I wasn't ready to fall in love with the characters and the story. The plot is fairly simple, Julie managed to create many plot twists. There were many times when I was sitting on the edge of my seat, my eyes ready to fall out of my head they were moving so fast! I didn't want to put the book down. My heart was pounding throughout most of the novel due to all the dramatic irony and heart-stopping plot reveals.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unfortunate ** spoiler alert ** I was really disappointed by this book. When I heard that Julie Kagawa had another series I was really excited and especially because it has dragons. I love dragons but this (as I said) was a disappointment. I imagined an older, medieval fantasy world so when it was in modern society with them in disguise. That seemed like a cheat. 1. The characters. I didn't care for any of them. None of them brought anything unique to the story or anything to make them likeable. Blah and blah happened to blah and then blah blah also happened to blah. She does a lot of telling over showing so while we're told that these characters are gorgeous and likeable and in love I really don't feel it. And with that said why on earth did they make the main (see I can't even remember her name) become an assassin. Doesn't seem like someone reckless or irresponsible or a breaker of rules should be in this profession. The only character I did kind of like was the trainer lady and that's because she kept busting the balls of the lead who I couldn't stand. 2. Plot. Nothing really. Just surfing and playing the zombie game. Seriously. I hate stories where the end has all the action so it goes from blah blah blah to suddenly CLIMAX and then end. 3. Stupidity. All the characters. Seriously. "Oh let's go with these guys we don't trust and who are creepy." "I've been told not to trust anyone but I can trust this one guy." "She's the likeliest to be a dragon but there's no way they could be a dragon." And the fact that it had multiple POV's meant that we didn't get to guess about any of the characters because we were told everything. 4. Romance. There was no chemistry between the main character and her love interest. Or the third dragon. Why was it necessary to have the love triangle? What was so special about her? She was pretty by the book (ha ha) but there was no draw out. I'm tired of all these falling in love tropes (or whatever) happening all in the first book over the course of two weeks. Draw it out. Let it rest and build instead of just happening all at once. 5. Sexism. I have found a habit in Julie Kagawa that she tries to get all the feminism in her work to the main character and leaving nothing for the others. The main girl likes all those tough girl thinks and doesn't need a man but all the other girls fall flat. All they cared about were boys and shopping and that was their entire personality. Nothing made them stand out from one another and it makes the characterization of the non damsel in distress feel hollow because she didn't extend it to the other cast. I doubt I'll read the other books. Or if I do then I'll do it a long way down the line. Once I've forgotten how bad it was.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite as advertised For a book that advertised dragons in disguise and epic firefights and such, it was overpowered by a lot of teenage shenanigans and angst. I didn't mind all of that, and it certainly had it's place in the character development, but it left me wishing I had had more epic world building, a larger scope, something. It felt a bit lacking. However, it is the first in a quintet, and as such, it did it's job. I am hoping against hope that with five books, I am going to get the scope and world building and large-scale issues I was hoping for from the first. This one has given me a taste of awesome characters and a world with a lot of potential. Definitely worth the read, and I am super excited for the rest of the series. Also, I should have known by now that Julie Kagawa would leave me on a heartbreaking cliffhanger. My current state of distress and impatience is my own fault, really.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing New Series Julia Kagawa books are always awesome, and this one is no exception. I love the new characters, the new world, the magic, the politics, and the surprises. A definite must-read for all YA fans and dragon lovers!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected I didn't expect this book to be what it was - a cute romance and with action scenes. Some parts I did find quite repetitive and cliche but it was great nonetheless. Although I can agree with others that it was quite a slow plot up until the end. I'm sure the books will only get more interesting as the saga continues. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! I really loved the plot and the concept. It was a great book and I can't wait for the next one. I just hope the author stops stuffing this love story down our throats. I get it, conflicted feelings and who to chose but do we really need to read about every chapter? Anyways hoping for an awesome next book!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This was amazing! I plan to read more books from Julie Kagawa
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment As a fan of Julie's I had high hopes for this book. As I started reading I quickly discovered that I did not like this book. I got very bored with the story line. I will not be buying the rest of the series.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Can't wait for the next book! I enjoyed this from beginning to end - liked the interactions between the characters and see a lot of potential exciting reads to come!
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh, it was ok. Eh, this book was ok. It took way too long for it to get good. I'll keep reading the series, simply because I started it.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sadly found this book to be a little disappointing I bought this book thinking that it would be really interesting to read and it was. Yet for me this book just droned on and it didn't get to the point until you were at the end of the book. I thought that it was really predictable to read and didn't have a lot of points that caught me off guard. Which is what I like in a book. Yet I still couldn't put this book down while reading it. This is also partly because it is an easy read and you want to know what happens at the end. Overall thought that it was a decent book by and by but I don't know if I will buy the next book in the series.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I bought this book for my son for Christmas. He devoured it. Cannot wait for the next book
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talon This book is as great as all of Julie Kagawa's books are. Looking forward to the sequel!! Can't wait
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Thing she writes I Love Keep reading. ..now I have to wait till April 2015 for the next book ugh .... So far everything Julie has written has suckered me in wow all i can say is I Want More
Date published: 2014-12-16