Waiting on Wednesday - Talon by Julie Kagawa

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 
 
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.
 

I feel in love with Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. It was magical and romantic and I hope to see much of the same from this series. I'll admit, I don't think I'll ever read a dragon book as awesome as the Jennifer Scales series by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi, but I still have pretty high hopes for this series. (By the way, if you haven't read Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace, you need to do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR pile, right now!)
 
In fact, just from the description we've been given, it seems that both books are very similar in some aspects. My guess is that since Ember can "infiltrate" society, they're some sort of "weredragon" or at the very least a type of shape-shifter and that's exactly what Jennifer is. Garret Sebastian, who is out to kill all the dragons, sound an awful lot like a "beaststalker" in the Jennifer Scales series, who are also out to kill mystical dragons.
 
Maybe the fact that it sounds so much like an old favorite is what is drawing me to it so much. I certainly hope that there is a distinct difference in the stories - I'd hate to have both a favorite author and favorite series ruined. But, hey, I guess we'll just have to see! 

6 comments :

  1. This sounds like it could have potential. Hopefully it won't be too much like Jennifer Scales (which I love. Why don't BAM and B&N carry them???). In the Dresden books, dragons hide in human form, too.

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    1. I hope so! It'll be hard not to compare it to Jennifer Scales, though, lol.

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  2. I also cannot wait for this book, although if you check it out on Goodreads, the ratings are fairly low for a Julie Kagawa book. I think it's right around 3.69, which is kind of disheartening. I will still definitely read it though, and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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    1. Uh-oh. I hope that's not a sign of bad things to come. That said, like you, I think I'll at least give it a fair chance. After all, she impressed me with The Iron Fey series. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

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    2. That is concerning...I'll still probably try to give Talon a chance, though.

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    3. Yeah, I didn't even bother looking at the GR rating. I just saw that it was a Kagawa book and just automatically added it to my TBR list, lol. Here's to hoping it's good!

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