"Readers will breathlessly anticipate Kagawa's next." -Booklist
Rogue (Talon Saga Series #2)by Julie Kagawa
Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But she can't forget Garret, the soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George who saved her from a Talon assassinand by doing so, signed his own death warrant.
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Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But she can't forget Garret, the soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George who saved her from a Talon assassinand by doing so, signed his own death warrant.
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
A reckoning is brewing, and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day or start an all-out war?
Gr 8 Up—This modern-day fantasy picks up right where Talon (Harlequin Teen, 2014) left off. Ember must convince Cobalt to help her rescue Garrett from what she believes will be his certain death. These three unlikely allies find themselves running from Talon and St. George operatives and fighting for both their lives and those of others. Told from multiple perspectives, this narrative will give readers more insight about the mysterious rogue dragon Cobalt, and will have them connecting with Dante (Ember's twin) as he rises through the ranks in the very organization Ember repudiates. With romance taking a backseat to action and character backstory, this is a sequel that will leave readers waiting impatiently for the third installment. VERDICT A worthwhile read for fans of Talon and Kagawa's other action-packed and satisfying fantasies.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL
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I stood before a silent, watchful table, six pairs of eyes on me, keen gazes ranging from suspicious to appraising as we waited for the charges to be declared. Men in uniforms of black and gray, with the emblem of the Ordera red cross on a white shielddisplayed proudly on their jackets. Their harsh, lined faces reflected a lifetime of war and struggle. Some I knew only by reputation. Others I had trained under, fought for, followed commands from without a second thought. Lieutenant Gabriel Martin sat at one end of the table, his black eyes and blank expression giving nothing away. I'd known him nearly my whole life; he had molded me into what I was today. The Perfect Soldier, as my squad mates had taken to calling me. A nickname I'd picked up during the relatively short time I'd been fighting. Prodigy was another word that had been tossed around over the years, and lucky son of a bitch, if they were feeling less generous. I owed most of my success to Lieutenant Martin, for recognizing something in a quiet, somber orphan and pushing him to try harder, to do more. To rise above everyone else. So I had. I'd killed more enemies of the Order than anyone else my age, and the number would've been much higher had the unexpected not occurred this summer. Regardless of my situation, I had been one of the best, and I had Martin to thank for that.
But the man sitting across the table was a stranger, an impassive judge. He, along with the rest of the men seated there in a row, would decide my fate tonight.
The room in which I stood was small but Spartan, with tile floors, harsh overhead lights, low ceilings and walls with no windows. Normally it was used for debriefings or the occasional meeting, and the long table usually sat in the center surrounded by chairs. Except for the main headquarters in London, Order chapterhouses did not have designated courtrooms. While disorderly conduct among soldiers was expected from time to time, and desertion sometimes reared its ugly head, full-blown treason was unheard of. Loyalty to the cause was something every soldier of St. George understood. To betray the Order was to betray everything.
The man in the very center of the row straightened, eyeing me over the polished wood. His name was John Fischer, and he was a respected captain of the Order and a hero in the field. The left side of his face was a mass of burn scars and puckered flesh, and he wore them like a medal of honor. His steely expression didn't change as he folded his equally scarred hands in front of him and raised his voice.
"Garret Xavier Sebastian." He barked my full name, and the room instantly fell silent. The trial was officially under way. "For disobeying a direct order," Fischer continued, "attacking a squad mate, fraternizing with the enemy and allowing three known hostiles to escape, you are accused of high treason against the Order of St. George." His sharp blue eyes fixed on me, hard and unyielding. "Do you understand the charges brought against you?"
"Very well." He looked at the men sitting in chairs along the far wall behind me, and nodded. "Then we will commence. Tristan St. Anthony, step forward."
There was a squeak as a body rose from a chair, then quiet footsteps clicked across the floor as my former partner came to stand a few feet from my side.
I didn't look at him. I stared straight ahead, hands behind my back, as he did the same. But I could see him in my peripheral vision, a tall, lean soldier several years older than me, his dark hair cropped close. His perpetual smirk had been replaced with a grim line, and his blue eyes were solemn as he faced the table.
"Please inform the court, to the best of your ability, of the events that led up to the night of the raid, and what conspired after."
Tristan hesitated. I wondered what was going through his head in the split second before he would give his testimony. If he had any regrets that it had come to this.
"This summer," Tristan began, his voice matter-of-fact, "Sebastian and I were sent undercover to Crescent Beach, a small town on the California coast. Our orders were specificwe were to infiltrate the town, find a sleeper planted among the population and terminate it."
The man in the center raised a hand. "So, to be clear, Talon had planted one of their operatives in Crescent Beach, and you were sent to find it."
"Yes, sir." Tristan gave a short nod. "We were there to kill a dragon."
A murmur went through the room. From the very first day the Order had been founded, soldiers of St. George had known what we fought for, what we protected, what was at stake. Our war, our holy mission, hadn't changed in hundreds of years. The Order had evolved with the timesfirearms and technology had replaced swords and lancesbut our purpose was still the same. We had one goal, and every soldier dedicated his entire life to that cause.
The complete annihilation of our eternal enemies, the dragons.
The general public knew nothing of our ancient war. The existence of dragons was a jealously guarded secret, on both sides. There were no real dragons in the world today, unless you counted a couple mundane lizard species that were pale shadows of their infamous namesakes. True dragonsthe massive, winged, fire-breathing creatures that haunted the mythology of every culture around the world, from the treasure-loving monsters of Europe to the benevolent rainbringers of the Orientexisted only in legend and story.
And that was exactly what they wanted you to believe.
Just as the Order of St. George had evolved through the years, so had our enemies. According to St. George doctrine, when dragons were on the verge of extinction, they'd made a pact with the devil to preserve their race, gaining the ability to Shift into human form. Whether or not the story was true, the part where they could change their form to appear human was no myth. Dragons were flawless mimics; they looked human, acted human, sounded human, to the point where it was nearly impossible to tell a dragon from a regular, everyday mortal, even if you knew what to search for. How many dragons existed in the world today was anyone's guess; they had woven seamlessly into human society, masquerading as us, hiding in plain sight. Hidden and cloaked, they strove to enslave humanity, to make humans the lesser species. It was our job to find and kill as many of the monsters as we could, in the hopes that one day, we could push their numbers over the brink and firmly into extinction where they belonged.
That was what I'd once believed. Until I met her.
"I've read your report, St. Anthony," Fischer continued. "It says you and Sebastian made contact with the suspect and began your investigation."
"Yes, sir," Tristan agreed. "We made contact with Ember Hill, and Garret began establishing a relationship, per orders, to determine if she was the sleeper."
Ember. Her name sent a little pulse through my stomach. Before the events of Crescent Beach, I'd known who I wasa soldier of St. George. My mission was to make contact with the target, determine if it was a dragon and kill it. Clear-cut. Black-and-white. Simple.
Only it wasn't so simple. The target we'd been sent to destroy turned out to be a girl. A cheerful, daring, funny, beautiful girl. A girl who loved to surf, who taught me how to surf, who challenged me, made me laugh and surprised me every time I was with her. I'd been expecting a ruthless, duplicitous creature that could only imitate human emotion. But Ember was none of those things.
Fischer continued to address Tristan. "And what did you determine?" he asked, speaking more for the benefit of the court, I suspected. "Was this girl the sleeper?"
Tristan stared straight ahead, his expression grave. "Yes, sir," he replied, and a shiver ran through me. "Ember Hill was the dragon we were sent to eliminate."
"I see." Fischer nodded. The entire room was silent; you could hear a fly buzzing around the window. "Please inform the court," Fischer said quietly, "what happened the night of the raid. When you and Sebastian tracked the sleeper to the beach after the failed strike on the hideout."
I swallowed, bracing to hear my betrayal lined out for everyone, play-by-play. The night that had brought me here, the decision that had changed everything.
"We'd found the target's hideout," Tristan began, his voice coolly professional. "A nest of at least two dragons, possibly more. It was a standard raidgo in, kill the targets, get out. But they must've had surveillance set up around the house. They were in the process of fleeing when we went in. We wounded one, but they still managed to escape."
My stomach churned. I had led that strike. The targets had "escaped" because I'd seen Ember in that house, and I'd hesitated. My orders had been to shoot on sightanything that moved, human or dragon, I was supposed to gun down, no questions asked.
But I hadn't. I'd stared at the girl, unable to make myself pull the trigger. And that moment of indecision had cost us the raid, as Ember had Shifted to her true form and turned the room into a blazing inferno. During the fiery confusion, she and the other dragons had fled out the back and off a cliff, and the mansion had burned to the ground.
No one suspected what had happened in the room, that I'd seen Ember over the muzzle of my gun and had frozen. No one knew that the Perfect Soldier had faltered for the very first time. That in that moment, my world and everything I'd ever known had cracked.
But that was nothing compared to what had happened next.
"So the strike was a failure," Fischer said, and I winced inside at the word. "What happened after that?"
For the briefest of moments, Tristan's gaze flicked to me. Almost too fast to be seen, but it still made my heart pound. He knew. Maybe not the whole affair, but he knew something had happened to me after the failed strike. For a short time after the raid, while headquarters was deciding what to do about the escaped dragons, I'd disappeared. Tristan had found me a while later, and we'd gone after the targets together, but by that time, the damage was done.
What had happened after the raid, I'd never told anyone. Later that night, I'd called Ember, asked her to meet me on an isolated bluff, alone. I'd been wearing my helmet and mask during the raid; she hadn't known I was part of St. George. From the hurried tone of her voice, I had guessed she was planning to leave town, possibly with her brother, now that she knew St. George was in the area. But she'd agreed to meet with me one last time. Probably to say goodbye.
I'd been planning to kill her. It was my fault the mission had failed; it was my responsibility to fix it. She was a dragon, and I was St. George. Nothing else mattered. But, once again, staring at the green-eyed girl down the barrel of my gun, the girl who'd taught me to surf and dance and sometimes smiled just for me I couldn't do it. It was more than a moment's hesitation. More than a heartbeat of surprise. I'd stood face-to-face with the target I had been sent to Crescent Beach to destroythe girl I knew was my enemyand I could not make myself pull the trigger.
And that was when she'd attacked. One moment I was drawing down a wide-eyed human girl, the next I was on my back, pinned by a snarling red dragon, its fangs inches from my throat. In that moment, I'd known I was going to die, torn apart by claws or incinerated with dragonfire. I had dropped my guard, left myself open, and the dragon had responded as any of its kind would when faced with St. George. Strangely enough, I'd felt no regret.
And then, as I'd lain helpless beneath a dragon and braced myself for death, the unthinkable had happened.
She'd let me go.
Nothing had driven her off. No one from St. George had arrived in the nick of time to save me. We'd been alone, miles from anything. The bluff had been dark, deserted and isolated; even if I'd screamed, there'd been nothing, no one, to hear it.
Except the dragon. The ruthless, calculating monster that was supposed to despise mankind and possess no empathy, no humanity, whatsoever. The creature that hated St. George above all else and showed us no pity, gave no quarter or forgiveness. The target I'd lied to, the girl I'd pursued with the sole intent of destroying her, who could have ended my life right then with one quick slash or breath. The dragon who had a soldier of St. George beneath its claws, completely at its mercy had deliberately backed off and let me go.
And I had realized the Order was wrong. St. George taught us that dragons were monsters. We killed them without question, because there was nothing to question. They were alien, Other. Not like us.
Only they were. Ember had already shaken every belief the Order had instilled in me about dragons; that she'd spared my life was the final blow, the proof I couldn't ignore. Which meant that some of the dragons I'd killed in the past, gunned down without thought because the Order had told me to, might've been like her.
And if that was the case, I had a lot of innocent blood on my hands.
"After the raid," Tristan said, continuing to address the table, "Garret and I were ordered to follow Ember Hill in the hopes that she would lead us to the other targets. We tracked her to a beach on the edge of town, where she did indeed meet with two other dragons. A juvenile and an adult."
Another murmur ran through the courtroom. "An adult," Fischer confirmed, while the rest of the table looked grim. Full-grown adult dragons were rarely seen; the oldest dragons were also the most secretive, keeping to the shadows, hiding deep within their organization. The Order knew Talon's leader was an extremely old, extremely powerful dragon called the Elder Wyrm, but no one had ever laid eyes on it.
"Yes, sir," Tristan went on. "We were to observe and report if the target revealed itself as a dragon, and all three were in their true forms when we got there. I informed Commander St. Francis at once and received the order to shoot on sight." He paused, and Fischer's eyes narrowed.
"What happened then, soldier?"
"Garret stopped me, sir. He prevented me from taking the shot."
"Did he give any reason for his actions?"
"Yes, sir." Tristan took a deep breath, as if the next words were difficult to say. "He told me that the Order was wrong."
Silence fell. A stunned, brittle silence that raised the hair on the back of my neck. To imply that the Order was mistaken was to spit on the code that the first knights had implemented centuries ago. The code that denounced dragons as soulless wyrms of the devil and their human sympathizers as corrupted, beyond hope.
"Is there anything else?" Fischer's expression was cold, mirroring the looks of everyone at the table. Tristan paused again, then nodded.
"Yes, sir. He said that he wouldn't let me kill the targets, that some dragons weren't evil and that we didn't have to slaughter them. When I tried to reason with him, he attacked me. We fought, briefly, and he knocked me out."
Meet the Author
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.
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Wonderfully fun, young adult, dragon shifter tale, Rogue, is another great addition to the Talon series. First, I highly recommend reading Talon first. There is a lot of character relationships and information required before this story to work but here are the basic: Ember, young dragon, discovers the organization that raised her, Talon, isn't what it appears. She discovers devastating secrets that make her choose a life on the run and leave the only family she's even known. Garratt is a warrior for the organization called the Order of St. George. The order's goal is to eradicate all dragons from the earth. Garratt befriends Ember and is torn between his mission and killing the friend he is falling for. Dante is Ember's twin who is totally caught up with the machinations of Talon and would follow them blinding into destruction. Riley, Cobalt, is a dragon that has broken from Talon, a rogue, and is on the run. He helps Ember as well as many other dragons that wish to escape Talon's plans. Both Riley and Garratt are pushing for Ember's romantic attention. Riley has the dragon pull while Garratt hits her humanity spot. Intrigue, machinations, and betrayals keep the plot moving while the romantic triangle keeps the tension alive. The story is somewhat predictable and at times the character's choices make you want to shake them but in the end you know Ember's fight is just beginning. I'm a big fan of Julie Kagawa, she writes imaginative stories that will keep you returning for more. I really enjoyed Rogue, and am looking forward to Ember's excursions to survive and save the world from St. George and Talon. I received this ARC copy of Rogue from Harlequin TEEN in exchange for a honest review.
I love all of Julie Kagawa's books that I have picked up. Rogue is no different. This book was a little difficult for me to get into because of a changing perspective of narrative. But once I got used to the shifts I sped right through it and loved every moment. If you enjoyed Talon you'll eat this sequel right up.
I love me some good rogue dragons!! I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I am in total awe of the amazing Ms. Kagawa, as I've mentioned before, but even I wondered how she was going to take dragons and assimilate them into the everyday contemporary world as sleeper agents, even if they had learned how to look, talk and act human. The catch is, dragons can mimic humans, but they don't have the emotions to back up the feelings. Until Ember Hill, that is. She embraces life 100%, both her dragon side and her human side, and finds the constraints of the dragon hierarchy in Talon (the group of dragons all over the world who work together to prevent the extinction of their race), too much to accept. At the end of the first book, Talon, she goes rogue with the very sexy dragon Cobalt, human name Riley, and vows to break her human boyfriend, Garrett, out of the worst place a dragon can go: into the belly of the beast, which in this case is a compound crawling with soldiers from the Order of St. George, an order put in place hundreds of years ago with the sole purpose of eradicating all dragons from the face of the earth. As Garrett got to know and love Ember, he realized that the Order had been lying to him all of his life about how all dragons were evil, even hatchlings, and had to be killed, and as Ember learned more about Talon from Riley, she realized that they were doing the same thing, only with humans. Because Garrett helped Ember, Riley and two young hatchlings escape from a much older dragon, Lilith, who was a Viper, which is a dragon assassin sent out to hunt and kill rogue dragons, he was caught by his own Order, and scheduled to be put to death by firing squad because he maintained that the soldiers were wrong about all dragons, which was considered treason. And while Riley would love nothing more than to get rid of the annoying human who had feelings for his Ember, he goes with her to break Garrett out before he is executed, Yes, people, this is exciting stuff!!! I haven't even mentioned Ember's twin, Dante, who is team Talon through and through, and who turned Ember in when she was leaving to go rogue and asked him to join her, but in his defense, he doesn't see Talon for what it is and honestly believed that Lilith would bring Ember back alive and he would be able to make her see the light and drink the Koolaid and join Talon 100%. But you guessed it, that doesn't go down quite as planned and he ends up scrambling to save face and come up with a new plan to bring her back. He is determined to become one of the executives of Talon eventually, and maybe even run the organization one day, but will he sacrifice Ember to do it? Once again, Ms. Kagawa has proven that she is a master storyteller by weaving romance, both between two dragons and an unheard of human and dragon, intrigue, action, and much, much more. I already love this series and can't wait to read more. I give this book a very, very enthusiastic 5 stars!!!!!
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa's writing. I loved her Iron Fey series and Blood of Eden series so when she wrote a series about dragons I knew I had to read it. Rogue is the second book in that series and I was lucky enough to receive a copy from NetGalley for review. I would advise reading the first book Talon before this one. Rogue begins where Talon ended. Ember Hill escaped from Talon, the dragon organization, with the help of Cobalt a rogue dragon and Garret, a St. George solider whose mission is to kill all dragons. Garret went against all of his training to save Ember’s life. Now, it is her turn to save his since he is scheduled for execution due to his betrayal of St. George. Can Ember save Garret before it is too late? Rogue is an action-packed story with love, loyalty, hatred and betrayal. Who will Ember choose Cobalt who appeals to her dragon side or Garret who stirs emotions she didn’t know she had? Love triangles don’t bother me and to be honest I wasn’t sure who Ember should choose either. I enjoyed learning more about both Talon and St. George also why Cobalt decided to go rogue. This was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the next installment.
Julie Kagawa is truly gifted story teller. Find myself reading n reading n next thing I know it's over. Already pre-ordered Soldier!
Garret is half dragon... think about the book coment on his unnatural grace. resilance patience disapline all which dragons cna have. Then his parents were killed by dragons and st georgefound him which could impliy that st george did not know about his parents. And the one thing dragons hate more then humans is when they get toghether and its likely it could happen and what about Garrets talent at sensing danger and dragons he felsomething was off with riley at lexis party and he geta that strange feeling when ever something bad is about to happen. Ya i hope this is true because i am ticked that ember completely abandond Garret for Riley who i think is kind of annoying. And also this is a great book male of human species approves
I am a big fan.This book is great.
★★★½ Rogue is the second installment in Julie Kagawa's young adult, fantasy trilogy titled: Talon. I had a bit of difficulty getting into this middle book, and for a while I was fearful this would be your classic "filler book", but I am happy to say it got better! Lots of action, plot twists, young-adult romance (and yes, unfortunately more of the dreaded love triangle). I'm pretty confident fans of this trilogy will be happy. If you like fantasy/paranormal-themed stories about dragon shifters and have historically enjoyed trilogies such as Marie Lu's Legend then the Talon trilogy is for you! My favorite quote: “You burn so hot, and so bright, you set everything around you on fire. Just be careful that the people around you don’t get singed,” he said in a low voice. “Or that you don’t burn too hot, too quickly. The brightest flames are usually the ones that are extinguished first.”
This series is dragonlicious! “A flame that burns twice as bright lasts half as long.” “You remind me of that flame Firebrand,” Riley murmured. “You burn so hot, and so bright, you set everything around you on fire. Just be careful that the people around you don’t get singed,” he said in a low voice. “Or that you don’t burn too hot, too quickly. The brightest flames are usually the ones that are extinguished first.” ROGUE by Julie Kagawa is the second installment in Julie's Talon Saga series. I am thrilled to share that, if you liked TALON, you are going to LOVE ROGUE! It's packed with even more action and it kept me on pins and needles throughout. I experienced a myriad of emotions while listening to it; I cried, gasped, swooned. I actually forgot to breathe multiple times as the danger and suspense made time stand still. I don't believe this book would work well as a standalone as knowledge of the characterizations and background from the first book are critical for full enjoyment. That's not a bad thing as TALON was a fantastic listen on its own, so there's no excuse not to enjoy the series in order. If you are a dragon lover like me, there's no such thing as too many dragons! A little background of the series: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a society of dragon slayers. However, the dragons of Talon have since grown their numbers, hiding in human form, and they're positioning to take over the world. Both the Order of St. George and Talon are controlling, hush-hush organizations whose followers must fall in line... or else. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. The twins were placed at a safe house on the beach in sunny, California for a summer to practice assimilation with humans. While Dante is totally caught up in Talon, Ember is not. With the help of Cobalt, a rogue dragon, Ember uncovers devastating secrets about Talon that make her choose a life on the run with Cobalt and leave the only family she has ever known. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian had a mission to seek and destroy all dragons. St. George had intelligence of where the new Talon recruits had been placed and Garret was assigned to find them and take them out. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey. Torn between his mission and his growing attraction to Ember, Garret balks, and actually prevents his partner from taking out Ember As ROGUE opens, Garret is in the custody of St. George waiting for his death sentence to be carried out and Ember is determined to rescue him with Cobalt's help or not. This series features some really cool characters - many of them just happen to be dragons. A former dragon killer and a geeky human complete the band of resistance fighters. Together our band of misfits can kickass! Ember perfectly fits the mold of a fierce, stubborn and determined heroine. She refuses to blindly follow rules, is determined to decipher what's true and fights for what she believes in even when it puts her in danger. She's also a typical teenager with yearnings that she doesn't understand. There's a love triangle and I'm torn between Team Cobalt, the favorite of her dragon-side, and Team Garret, the pick of her human-side. This is a YA book so, in the romance department, there's some kissing, but no hanky panky. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 5 Wine Glasses!
Rogue is one of the best books I have ever read! (And I have read a lot of books.) It was even better than the first book, Talon. This is definitley worth reading. :)
I am so excited for the next book! If i coul buy the next book no i would vbuy it right away! If i could give this 1,000,000 stars i would do it!
If I could give this book more stars I would. Julie Kagawa brings her characters to life and makes you care for them. She has a talent for writing body language and making you feel the characters' emotions that few authors possess. I just finished this book, and I'm tempted to read it again just because of that. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series to come out. I need to find out what happens with Garret, Ember & Riley.
Julie Kagawa swept me away with her first installment of this series, Talon, and after devouring every page of Rogue(Talon #2) and it's character's I am left with this feeling of longing for the next book! Kagawa keeps demonstrating her amazing writing skills with every book of hers I read. She truly knows how to build a unforgettable world and character's you look forward to seeing within the pages. I honestly don't think Ms. Kagawa could do any wrong. Like with all her books she has created here a epic world that just takes me away from reality on an adventure I'll never forget. Dragons aren't a supernatural creature I've had featured in most of my books so this series was a new for me and Julie didn't dissapoint. Like with Talon, Rogue is told through multiple point of views. Ember, Riley, and Garret have all returned, with the addition of Dante. Yes, in this installment we get to see inside Ember's twin brothers mind. I like books with multiple pov's because it allows you to connect and understand those individual characters. Which with this kinda of world and story was needed. I gave Rogue 5 stars because it was everything I was waiting for! An Epic Fantasy filled with awesome action, tense romance, and character's I will never forget! Picking up where Talon left off, Rogue has Ember being her usual stubborn self, Garret being all moody yet sexy,and Riley's of course still a badass rogue with his hilarious human sidekick, Wes. Please don't make us wait till 2017 for, Soldier!
Dragons and dragon hunters and vipers! What could be better?
Good continuation of Talon.
Read from April 16 to 17, 2015 Book Info Kindle Edition, 348 pages EXPECTED publication: April 28th 2015 by Harlequin Teen ASIN B00OYBW46O series Talon #2 other editions (7) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragon slaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war? My Thoughts After reading and totally enjoying Talon book 1 in the Talon series it was with great anticipation as well as great joy to be approved to read a ARC copy of book 2 Rogue provided by the publisher via Netgalley before getting a chance to buy my own Hardback copy when it releases in stores. My anticipation was rewarded as the book allowed readers a chance not only to learn more about how Riley came about his mission to liberate other Dragons from the clutches of Talon, including Ember, but it touched upon the relationship issues between Ember, Garrett and Riley as well. The suicide mission to rescue Garrett from being Executed from The Order of St. George was just the tip of the iceberg that started a chain of events that reveal to all three of our intrepid leading characters just how dangerous it really is to stand against Talon and The Order. A danger that is only going to grow as secrets come to light that will stun both Riley and Garrett at just how much deeper the corruption runs between the leading members of the sworn enemies of human dragon slayers and the very dragons they hunt. As the story is told from alternating points of view we get first hand looks into the characters emotions as they occur from chapter to chapter, this is especially helpful when it comes to figuring out the motivation for some actions that otherwise would not be clear to the reader. There is a lot of action that involves not only physical prowess on the part of Garrett, Ember and Riley but mental acuity as well. It is interesting to see how some of what takes place is almost predictable and than at the last minute unexpectedly things twist in a different way than what the reader was hoping for. To be honest there is no way can really encapsulate exactly what goes on without spoiling the story lines, there are plot points that are too delicate to break down without telling the reader too much information. Suffice to say that if you are a fan of dragon shifters, a fan of Young Adult genre, not afraid of scenes that are at times violent and love characters who grow before your eyes than this is a sure bet you will enjoy reading this book as much as I did. Now is only book three were not so far away! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]