Talon by Julie Kagawa (Review)

21425501I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Dragons have learnt to live among humans in human form. They have learnt to infiltrate society to protect themselves from the Order of St. George who hunted them to near extinction. Ember and Dante Hill are brother and sister, the first of their kind. They have left school and have been placed in human society. They are being constantly watched and tested to see how they will do. Ember just wants to live a normal teenage life, and she feels suffocated by the strict rules and when a rogue dragon enters her life, she starts to break those rules.

When I first heard about this and saw the words dragons, I was super anxious to get my hands on it, unfortunately it was not the exciting book I was expecting, but nevertheless, it was still enjoyable. For me, there were a lot of cliches and overused tropes. Ember and Dante were dragons in human forms and they were just about perfect at everything they did – such as physical activities and sports, and they are beautiful and intelligent. Everything that humans find attractive, which seemed to me to be a bit overused. I would have liked to have seen some vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the dragons and not just be… perfect.

There was a hint at a love triangle between Ember, our dragon, Garret, a solider of the Order of St. George sent to find the dragon and kill her, and Riley, the dangerous Rogue dragon who tests Ember. While there was not much focus on the love triangle itself there was a lot of focus on the romance between Ember and Garret, which I did enjoy but I would have liked it to have been in the background, especially during the first half where it was practically just romance. This was a shame because I felt like there was so much more potential for this story.

Talon is told in numerous perspectives, which I was not really fond of. There was Ember, Garret, and at about the half way mark Riley joined in. There were differences between the narratives, but I still felt like they were not as developed as they could have been and were not very complex or dimensional. This made it a little hard for me to connect with these characters on a emotional level, which lessened my enjoyment of the book.

Overall, an okay read which focuses heavily on romance, and if that is something you are looking for, then I’d recommend you give this a go.

MY RATING: ★★★☆☆

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