Talon by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Contemporary Paranormal Romance, YA
Long ago, the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers hunted dragons to near extinction. The dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning by hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret. Now with humans none the wiser the dragons are now positioned to take over the world.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Ember has been trained to infiltrate society but before she takes her destined place in Talon she wants to experience life as a teen and enjoy a summer of freedom. Destiny though is a matter of perspective. Ember soon has everything she has been taught challenged by a rogue dragon. Ember and her brother are being hunted by the Order of St. George and at the same time she is struggling to accept her future.
Garret Xavier Sebastian is a soldier whose sole mission is to seek and destroy all dragons. Particularly Talon’s newest recruits. First he has to be certain that he has found his prey before he can kill. He also learns that when it comes to Ember Hill nothing is certain. Garret begins questioning everything the Order has taught and ingrained in him when he faces Ember’s confidence, all-too-human desires and bravery. He also questions what he is willing to give up so he can find out the truth about dragons.
This is an amazing book that readers will find hard to put down once they start. It is full of action and adventure and the reader is never sure what will happen next or where this one will end up. The plot is well written and the characters are great and complex. It will also have readers wanting to read the next book in the series to see what will happen next. As Ember and Garret have their beliefs and everything they have been taught turned on its head you never know just how either will react to what is suddenly happening in each of their worlds. This book is just different enough to really stand out for readers and will be a book that will be hard to forget once the reader is done.
I give this one 5 red roses