Published by Harlequin on November 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Book 1 of the Talon Saga
In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.
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.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey—and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
Oh. My. God. This book was million kinds of amazing. I’m still blown away by it. Dragons v Humans, including romance and twins? FASCINATING. And that cover though, hehe I have to admit, I was excited to read this book because of that cover. That cover is so so so damn pretty. And if you touch it, it feels scaly. AH, so amazingggg. HAHAH.
This book was written in a few characters’ point of view, so it was easy to understand and get to know each character. Ember Hill is MY FAVORITE CHARACTER, hands down. She was rebellious, temperamental and reminds me a little bit of my younger self HAHA. She’s trusting too, and kind, even though their mission was just to fit in. Her mind is open to anything, a lot of different possibilities, and so, it didn’t really surprise me that she was rebellious.
Her brother, Dante, on the other hand, was the responsible type. He was sensible, and followed orders with no questions nor hesitations. Even though he might have questions, he turned a blind eye to them. I still love his character despite it all, because he was the older brother that everyone needed. And he had to be the sensible one, to balance Ember’s impulsiveness.
And then there’s GARRETT. Throughout the whole book, he was the only character that I had a love-hate relationship with. It might be because he was a St. George’s soldier, and that technically he was using Ember, even though his feelings might be true. I hated that he had his suspicions, whereas Ember was completely trusting of him. But I love him all the same, because he is chivalry at its very best. HAHAH. I’m serious.
And his eyes. They were the brightest shade of gray I’d ever seen. Not silvery, more…gunmetal. Metallic. They pinned me with a vivid stare, and my heart leaped as he extended a hand. “You okay?”
Oh, be still my heart.
The whole story was well-put together. There were no draggy scenes and I immensely enjoyed it. But that ending though, it made my heart skipped a beat (in a bad way). Man, I can’t wait to read the next book, Rogue.