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Summary

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 becomestrong 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.

©2014 Julie Kagawa (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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awesomeness

I have loved listening to this. It's not my usual go to genre but I would recommend. my only think is I tend the think if the people as being older than they are. can't think of them as teenagers. ....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Could have been better

What did you like most about Talon?

It had three good strong sentral characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garret. I have a soft spot for the quiet, brooding type.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The two men in particular really brought the male perspectives across well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was emotional as all books of this genre are, but my main feeling was frustration because it was obvious how the story would go.

Any additional comments?

Julie Kagawa is a good writer. I discovered that when I read her Iron Fae series, which insidentally, I hope Audible gets soon. But it seems she's another Author who can't break away from the formula established by Stephanie Meyer of one girl being torn between two guys. If that doesn't bother you, then this book is great. For my part, much as I enjoyed it, I live for the day when Authors of this genre will do something original. Although I'll read the next book and probably enjoy it, it's depressing when you can already predict the story.

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  • V. Howard
  • 11-05-15

Unrealistic premise. No, not the dragon part

The basis of the story- sending an elite soldier, a proven, tested, battle forged killer, on an undercover assignment to seduce a girl; of which he has no training for , or life experience to support is just stupid. No organization would do that. It sours the story.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Alien
  • 09-07-15

Formulaic

Spoiler Alert: It was a rehash of twilight. Instead of vampires there are dragons. Instead of werewolves there are dragon hunters. Instead of a human being torn between supernatural lovers there is a supernatural girl torn between her dragon half and her human half; each half having it's corresponding lover. People have to make a buck so I get it but creativity did not drive this project. Profits did.

I didn't like the romantic crap at all because I'm an adult male, but the story was semi interesting, even if it was a retread.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Gawaine
  • 25-10-16

Angsty teenage fluff

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I thought that the reader did a fine job. Nothing outstanding, but it was a decent performance. The story however, was severely lacking. It was very much just teenage angst. It was all about a teenage girl who doesn't communicate with her guardians, so she thinks the world is against her. As a result she falls in love in a cliche Romeo and Juliet scenario. The main character is different from those around her, which is always true of a main character, but they never explain why. The entire book is just her whining about how everybody hates her and her life so hard. Then the book ends. Huge disappointment.

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  • Sammie
  • 13-09-16

OK book for teenage girl but not for me.

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OK book for teenage girl but not an adult. It\s nore a mushy love story than a syFy book. I wanted a book about dragons not a lovesick girl.

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  • Kr
  • 23-06-16

Far Fetched, Cheesy, Cliche

I have a high tolerance for bad YA Lit. I've stomached my fair share of stories about vampires, fallen angels and random fantasy characters.

But now dragons? Really? This plot was silk-thin.

The characters were one-dimensional. The world-building was sparse. The story was predictable. I couldn't finish this book and I don't care what happens next in the series.

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  • chris
  • 15-03-16

Ok at best

What did you like best about Talon? What did you like least?

Their is no best, the hole story is ok.
And this is what's ok: it's about a young woman in her late teens. She is a dragon hiding in human form, learning how to be human. Verry little is magical, It's mostly mundane life events. It's like a soap opera, with a small touch of magic.

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The mondane story is just a bit to drawn out & over described for me. If the pace was just a bit less drawn out & their was more magical things, this could of been a real good book.

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  • Henry
  • 03-09-15

Good Lord

Good Lord this is a long and drawn out book. Had potential, but was way too freaken long!!

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 14-03-18

good idea, poorly written

the book had some intresting ideas, but the writer should have taken a writing course and also its a lot of Mary Sue charachters. she also tries to write them so they have some flaws but does not use them. Minor spoiler :
ember tells the reader she does not fit in. ember however from everything she does fits perfectly in.

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  • Nathan
  • 22-12-15

Not what I expected

Not reading twilight it sounds like twilight but with dragons,a bit more for the mature audiences, but well performed, engaging, curious where it would head next

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  • Bill
  • 13-04-15

Not what I expected

I was enticed by the publishers statement. This book however is sophomoric. Not for Adults.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful