Talon (Talon Saga Series #1)

Talon (Talon Saga Series #1)

by Julie Kagawa

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ISBN-13: 9780373211395
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Talon Saga Series , #1
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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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Talon


By Julie Kagawa

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2014 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-373-21139-5


CHAPTER 1

Ember


"Ember, when did your parents die, and what was the cause of death?"

I stifled a groan and tore my gaze from the car window, where the bright, sunny town of Crescent Beach shimmered beyond the tinted glass. The air in the black sedan was cold and stale and, annoyingly, the driver had engaged the child safety locks so I couldn't roll down the window. We'd been stuck in the car for hours, and I was itching to get out of this moving prison and into the sun. Outside the glass, palm trees lined the road, and charming villas shared the sidewalk with weathered gray shacks advertising food, T-shirts, surfboard wax and more. Just beyond the pavement, past a strip of glistening white sand, the Pacific Ocean shimmered like a huge turquoise jewel, teasing me with its frothy waves and countless beachgoers splashing freely in the glittering water.

"Ember? Did you hear me? Answer the question, please."

I sighed and settled back against the cold leather. "Joseph and Kate Hill were killed in a car accident when we were seven years old," I recited, seeing the driver's impassive gaze watching me from the rearview mirror. Beside him, Mr. Ramsey's dark head bobbed in affirmation.

"Go on."

I squirmed against the seat belt. "They had gone to see a Broadway musical, West Side Story," I continued, "and were struck by a drunk driver on the way home. My brother and I went to live with our grandparents, until Grandpa Bill developed lung cancer and could no longer take care of us. So we came here to stay with our aunt and uncle." I snuck a longing gaze out the window again, seeing a pair of humans on surfboards, gliding down the waves. My curiosity perked. I'd never gone surfing before, not in my dusty little corner of desert. It looked nearly as much fun as flying, though I doubted anything could compare to soaring the air currents, feeling the wind in your face and beneath your wings. I didn't know how I was going to survive the summer completely earthborn. Humans were lucky, I thought, as the car sped on and the surfers were lost from view. They didn't know what they were missing.

"Good," muttered Mr. Ramsey, sounding distracted. I imagined him scanning his ever-present tablet, scrolling through our files and background. "Dante, what is your real objective while in Crescent Beach?"

My twin calmly pulled his earbuds down and hit the pause button on his iPhone. He had this uncanny ability to zone out to music or television and still know exactly what was going on around him. I did not have this talent. My teachers had to smack me upside the head to get my attention if there was anything remotely distracting around. "Observe and blend in," he stated in his cool, unruffled voice. "Learn how to engage with humans, how to be human. Assimilate into their social structure and make them believe we are one of them."

I rolled my eyes. He caught my gaze and gave a small shrug. Dante and I weren't really twins, not in the truest sense of the word. Sure, we were the same age. Sure, we looked very similar; we had the same obscenely red hair and green eyes. And we'd been together as far back as I could remember. But we didn't come from the same womb. We didn't come from a womb at all, really. Dante and I were clutchmates, which was still highly unusual because our kind normally didn't lay more than one egg at a time. Making us strange, even among our own. But Dante and I had hatched together and were raised together, and as far as anyone was concerned, he was my twin, my sibling and my only friend.

"Mmm." Apparently satisfied that we had not, in fact, forgotten the made-up backstory drilled so deep into my head that I could recite it in my sleep, Mr. Ramsey went back to scrolling through his tablet, and I went back to staring out the window.

The ocean receded, the sparkling horizon dropping from view as we turned off the main stretch and entered a subdivision with impressive white-and-rose villas lining the streets, surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns and palm trees. Some of these dwellings were truly enormous, making me stare in amazement. I'd never seen such huge houses except on television, or in the documentaries the teachers made us watch years ago, when we were first learning about humankind. Where they lived, how they acted, their behavior and family units and language—we'd studied it all.

Now, we would be living among them.

Excitement rose up again, making me even more impatient. I wanted out. I wanted to touch and feel and see the things beyond the glass, to finally experience it. My world, up until now, had been a large underground facility that I never saw the outside of, then a private school in the middle of the Great Basin, with no one around for miles, and only my brother and teachers for company. Safe, protected, far from prying human eyes…and possibly the most boring spot on the face of the planet. I squirmed against the seat again, accidentally hitting the back of the chair in front of me.

"Ember," Mr. Ramsey said, a note of irritation in his voice,

"sit still."

Scowling, I settled back, crossing my arms. Sit still, calm down, be quiet. The most familiar phrases in my life. I was never good at sitting in one place for long periods of time, though my teachers had tried their hardest to instill "a little patience" into me. Patience, stodgy Mr. Smith had told me on more than one occasion, is a virtue that holds especially true for your kind. The best-laid plans are never conceived in a day. You have the luxury of time—time to think, time to plan, time to calculate and see everything come to fruition. Talon has survived for centuries, and will continue to survive, because it knows the value of patience. So what's the blasted hurry, hatchling?

I rolled my eyes. The "blasted hurry" was that I rarely had any time that was truly my own. They wanted me to sit, listen, learn, be quiet, when I wanted to run, shout, jump, fly. Everything in my life was rules: can't do this, don't do that, be here at this time, follow the instructions to the letter. It had gotten worse as I got older, every tiny detail of my life regulated and laid out for me, until I was ready to explode. The only thing that had kept me from going completely nuts was looking forward to the day I turned sixteen. The day I would "graduate" from that isolated corner of no-man's-land and, if I was deemed ready, begin the next stage of training. I'd done everything I could to be "ready" for this, and it must've paid off because here we were. Observe, assimilate and blend in, that was our official mission, but all I cared about was that I was out of school and away from Talon. I'd finally get to see the world I'd studied all my life.

The sedan finally pulled into a cul-de-sac of smaller but no less elegant villas and rolled to a stop in front of a driveway in the very center. I peered through the window and grinned with excitement at the place that would be home for an indefinite length of time.

The structure looming above us sat across a tiny lawn of short grass, scrub and a single palm tree encircled in brick. Its walls were a cheerful, buttery yellow, the tiled roof a deep red. The top floor had huge glass windows that caught the afternoon light, and the front door stood beneath an archway, like the entrance to a castle, I thought. But best of all, through the gap between the house and its neighbor, I could just make out the silvery glint of water, and my heart leaped at the thought of the ocean right in our backyard.

I wanted nothing more than to yank open the door, jump out and go sprinting down the sand dunes until I hit the ocean waiting for me at the bottom. But Mr. Ramsey, our official escort for the day, turned in his seat to eye us, particularly me, as if he knew what was going through my mind. "Wait here," he said, his rather large nostrils flaring with the order. "I will inform your guardians you have arrived. Do not move until I return."

He opened his door, letting in a brief, intoxicating rush of warmth and salt-drenched air, slammed it behind him and marched up the worn brick path to the waiting villa.

I drummed my fingers against the leather seat and squirmed.

"Wow," Dante breathed, peering over my shoulder, craning his neck to see the whole house. I could feel his presence behind me, his hand on my back as he steadied himself. "So, it's finally happening," he said in a low voice. "No more private school, no more getting up at 6:00 a.m. every single day, no more being stuck in the middle of nowhere."

"No classes, no study hall, no evaluators dropping by every month to see how 'human' we are." I grinned back at him. The driver was watching us, listening to us, but I didn't care. "Sixteen years, and we finally get to start our lives. We're finally free."

My twin chuckled. "I wouldn't go that far," he murmured, gently tugging a strand of my short red hair. "Remember, we're here to blend in, to study the humans and assimilate into the community. This is just another phase of training. Don't forget, at the end of the summer, we start our sophomore year of high school. But more important, our real instructors will show up, and they'll decide where we fit into the organization. This is a brief respite, at most, so enjoy it while you can."

I made a face at him. "I intend to."

And I did. He had no idea how much. I was tired of rules and isolation, of watching the world go by without me. I was tired of Talon and their endless string of policies, laws and restrictions. No more of that. The summer was mine, and I had big plans, things I wanted to do, before it ended and we'd be forced back into the system. This summer, I was going to live.

If I was ever allowed out of this stupid car.

The front door opened again, and Mr. Ramsey waved us forward. But instead of disengaging the child locks, the driver himself got out of the sedan and opened the doors for us. Of course he let Dante out first, and I almost slid across the seat to exit the car behind him. I was literally bouncing with impatience by the time the driver walked around to my side and finally let me out.

When my feet hit the ground, I stretched both arms over my head and yawned, breathing in the sun-soaked air, letting it warm my skin. I already loved how this place smelled. Ocean and sand, surf and hot pavement, the sound of distant waves caressing the beach. I wondered what Mr. Ramsey and my future guardians would say if I blew them all off and went skipping down to the ocean without looking back.

"Ember! Dante!" Mr. Ramsey stood in the shade of the archway, beckoning to us. I sighed and had taken one step toward the trunk to get my bags when the driver stopped me.

"I'll bring in your luggage, Miss Ember," he said solemnly. "You go on up to the house."

"Are you sure? I can get it." I stepped forward, holding out a hand, and he cringed back, averting his eyes. I blinked and stopped, remembering that some humans in the organization—the ones who actually knew what we were—were afraid of us. Our teachers had told us as much; though we were civilized and had slipped perfectly into human society, we were still predators, higher up on the food chain, and they knew it.

"Come on, sis," Dante called as I stepped back. He stood at the edge of the walkway with his hands in his pockets, the sun gleaming off his crimson hair. He already looked perfectly at home. "The sooner we meet everyone, the sooner we can do what we want."

That sounded good to me. I nodded and followed him up the walk to Mr. Ramsey, who ushered us into a charming, well-lit living room. Through the large bay windows off to the side, I could see a rickety picket fence and, beyond that, the beach, a long wooden dock and the ever-tempting ocean. A pair of humans stood in front of a green leather sofa as we came in, waiting for us.

"Ember, Dante," Mr. Ramsey said, nodding to the pair, "this is your aunt Sarah and uncle Liam. They'll be taking care of you until further notice."

"Nice to meet you," Dante, ever the polite one, said, while I hung back and observed our new guardians curiously. With a few distinctions, all humans looked basically the same to me. But our teachers had instructed us that it was crucial to see the differences, to recognize the individual, so I did that now. "Uncle" Liam was lanky and wind-burned, with russet hair and a neatly trimmed beard peppered with white. He had a stern face and unsmiling, swamp-water eyes that swept over us critically, before he gave a short, brisk nod. "Aunt" Sarah was plump and cheerful looking, her brown hair pulled into a neat bun, her dark eyes watching us with hawklike intensity.

"Well," Mr. Ramsey said, tucking his tablet under an arm. "My job here is done. I'll have Murray deliver your bags to your rooms. Mr. O'Conner, you know who to call if there is an emergency. Ember, Dante." He nodded to us, fixing me with a firm glare. "Obey your guardians. Remember your training. Your evaluators will be in to check on you in three months."

And, just like that, he swept from the room, out the front door and was gone. He didn't say goodbye, and we hadn't expected him to. Sentiment was not a big thing among our kind.

"Ember and Dante Hill, welcome to your new home," Uncle Liam announced, sounding like he'd done this speech before. He probably had. "I'm sure your instructors have informed you of the rules, but let me remind you, in case you forgot. While you are here, Sarah and I are your guardians, thus we are responsible for you. Meals are served at 8:00 a.m., noon and 6:30 p.m. You are not required to be home for mealtimes, but you are to call to let us know where you are. You should already have the numbers memorized, so there is no excuse not to. Talon has provided you with a vehicle—I understand you both have driver's licenses—but you must ask permission before taking it out. Curfew is strictly at midnight, no exceptions, no questions asked. And, of course, the most important rule." His green-gray eyes narrowed. "Under no circumstances are you to Shift into your true forms. And you are never to fly, for any reason whatsoever. With the amount of people, technology and hidden threats, the risk of being seen is far too great. Your old school was on Talon property and they controlled the airspace around it, so the risks were minimal if you needed to Shift, but that is not the case here. Unless you receive a direct order from Talon itself, flying around in your true forms is strictly, one hundred percent forbidden. Is that understood?"

I managed a brief nod, though the thought made me physically ill. How did they expect me to never fly again? They might as well just tear my wings off.

"If you fail to comply with these rules," Liam continued, "or if we deem you unfit for human society, Talon will be informed at once, and you will be evaluated to see if reeducation is necessary. Other than that, you are free to come and go as you please. Do you have any questions?"

I did. I might be completely earthbound, but that didn't mean I had to stay here. "So, the beach," I said, and he arched an eyebrow at me. "Can we go down there any time?"

Sarah chuckled. "It's a public beach, Ember. As long as you're home by curfew, you can spend as much time down there as you want. In fact, it's a good place to meet the locals—a lot of kids your age go there to hang out." She turned, beckoning to us with a chubby hand. "But here, let me show you to your rooms and you can unpack."

Music to my ears.


(Continues...)

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Talon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed someones ARC copy and it was sooooooooo good! It meets all my expectations and surpasses them! Well, there is a reason that julie kagawa is my absolute favorite author...
artNpen More than 1 year ago
This cover is absolutely beautiful and makes me happy. I will begin by saying that I read some really mean reviews about this book on multiple sites. I will say that the scathing reviews are completely unwaranted. I agree with many that Ember's character is a little lack-luster, but I don't think she was written as immaturely as others claim. I really enjoyed the build up with the supporting characters. For the entirety of the novel, the story is centered on Ember's inner struggle with her desire for the relaxing and fun human world, versus finding her place in the cut throat and scary world of Talon. This book has action, romance, drama, and DRAGONS! The premise of the book is very interesting, with two secret societies being at war with each other. Not original, but it translated well in the book. I have a deep love for dragons, and I really liked how Julie Kagawa portrayed them. The Elders were especially cunning and arrogant--their words and body language dripping with the superiority I expect and love. A quick note: the book is arranged in two halves. The second half of the book is absolutely stellar. Had there been as much action and development in the first half, I would have rated Talon higher. My biggest complaint, and the main reason why I'm rating this book 3 out of 5 stars, is that I wanted to see more dragon stuff. The book is long--a little over 400 pages. There could have been so much more character and plot development had there not been multiple points of view in First Person. It gets annoying. Ember, Garret, and Dante fell a little flat for me. I could have ignored one flat character, but when all three of the leading characters are flat, it really begins to bother me. Furthermore, there was something about the interactions that just seemed artificial. I didn't bond with these characters. Despite that, I think this series has great potential and I recommend that you at least check it out and give it a try.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A highly addictive read with loads of action, adventure and YA romance!  I can't wait for the next installment!!!!! "For one moment, with Garret’s lips on mine and his arms trapping me against him, I was neither human nor dragon. Just me." TALON by Julie Kagawa is an epic young adult fantasy! It's a thrilling debut for Julie's new Talon Saga series teeming with secret societies, forbidden loves and a good vs. evil theme. I'd previously inhaled Julie's awesome Iron Fey series and with my current anything-dragon infatuation, TALON was a must-read for me. I was certainly not disappointed! I've read that Hollywood has already optioned it for film and I hope they follow through. It would be so awesome to see this tale played out on the big screen! The book features two competing secret societies. There's the organization of Talon, a clandestine dragon network with a purpose shrouded in secrecy and there's the Order of St. George , a society of dragon killers. Both are controlling, hush-hush organizations whose followers must fall in line... or else. My full review has been posted to Reading Between The Wines Book Club.  5 WINE GLASSES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LITERALLY LOVED THIS BOOK AND WHEN I REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A FREAKING SEQUEL I KINDA JUST DIED AND THEN YOU KNOW WHAT READ IT JUST LITERALLY READ IT NOW OKAY on a less insane note... Why the crap are so many other people hating? This book is one of the freaking best books if ever read. Literrally. Just read it. READ. IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait to get this horrible thing off my nook. I like dragons (who doesn't?), but the mindlessness of this immature would-be rebel is so distasteful and ungrammatical. Delete, delete, delete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a different take on dragons. The book Firelight is similar to this, but I think that Kagawa did a better job developing the characters, motives, and plot than the author of Firelight, Sophie Jordan. It was really great. I cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I have a deep love for dragon stories, I'm not sure what is it but the ideology of dragons just fascinates me. So when I read the description for this book, my inner kid started screaming in delight. This books was a must read from start to finish. I got it Christmas day on my nook, and I finshed it probably within 2-3 days. Other then when I HAD to put it down, I couldn't stop reading this book and I am so looking forward to the sequel! Id you loved any of Julie Kagawa's other books, like I did, then you will LOVE this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Flawless writing, gripping story line, and believable characters. A new twist on fairy tale stories meets modern times. The writer made me question, get mad, and fall on love with both Riley (Cobalt) and Garret all at once. Ending in a cliff hanger that made me want to start the second book now. Can't wait for the next book to come out in April!
avidreaderMO More than 1 year ago
I finished this book last night and am so disappointed that I have to wait for the second book. The characters were so realistic. It felt like dragons could be anywhere. I loved the way they grew, the emotions she made them feel and the depth they each had. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was goin to be another Firelight series. Very surprised! It was a great book with a twisting story line. This is for sure a must read for dragon fans. Cannot wait for second book to be released!
Anonymous 22 days ago
Good
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The Elder Wyrm had a plan to live forever and Ember Hill was the key. Caught up in the shocking truth, Ember is facing unsurmountable odd and her and pretty much all of humanity’s only chance is if she can unite enemies against a common foe. But can trust the people at your back when hatred has been grown for centuries. Talon is preparing to release a weapon that could devastate the entire world and secure their power forever. It is always sad when a series comes to an end, characters that we’ve spent hours delving into their lives. Kagawa has taken us on one heck of a ride. Intense, bold characters that have evolved for this climatic ending of Talon. You can't help but find yourself caught up in this original shifting dragon tale. I received this copy of Inferno from Harlequin Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review
Kathleenoneill More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I saw a picture of the cover on a wall somewhere and it just made me want to read it. One of the reasons why I really liked this book is because I did not want to put it down. I constantly felt like I was on the edge of my seat and kept wanting to read more. The main thing about this book is that it has romance between two rivals but the book also has mystery because you want to know who is going to break away or if the Order of St. George is going to come. Although, the reason I don't think this is the "best book ever" and only gave it four stars it because there were some parts of the book that just seemed to drag on forever and I would end up just skip a paragraph or two. Also some parts, especially regarding the brother, were very predictable. But once you read this book you are going to want to read the next because, let me tell you, that cliff hanger at the end hurts. Overall I think this a really great read for a day at the beach or a plane ride, just be prepared with the next book in the series, Rouge, because you are going to want to know what happens next.
NicFictionAddiction More than 1 year ago
What I LOVED: Garrett. I know, I know. This storyline has been done before. The hunter falls in love with the hunted. But, I’m sorry, I’m a complete sucker for this trope when it’s done well, and I thought that Kagawa did it extremely well. I was kind of in love with Garret myself. He wasn’t afraid to act on his beliefs – or to question them. By the end of the book, both Garrett and Ember find themselves reeling, questioning everything they’ve ever believed in, and I was completely drawn into their stories! Oh, and I was definitely shipping Garrett and Ember! Questioning beliefs and shifting loyalties. Both Garrett and Ember go through some extreme crises of faith. In Ember’s case, she’s been raised to believe that Talon takes care of its people and that anyone who goes rogue is a danger to dragon society. When she meets Riley, he starts to show her that Talon isn’t telling the whole story – that not everyone is being protected by the organization, and in fact, some dragons are being exploited. Similarly, Garrett has been told that dragons are all evil – that they cannot help their baser natures and are naturally destructive and bloodthirsty. The Order has taught him that dragons will take over the world if given the chance – and it is his duty to stop them. Of course, meeting Ember makes him question all of that. And he starts to wonder if he has really just been blindly following the Order without really seeing the dragons for who and what they are. Garrett and Ember’s journeys are parallel – they’re both learning to think for themselves instead of following the leader. At the same time, both Garrett and Ember have to decide if they’re willing to betray the people who have been most important in their lives. Dragons! Have I mentioned that I love dragons? Every time Ember took flight or there was a dragon battle with the Order of St. George, I was enthralled! I LOVED the dragony bits of this story and I can’t wait for more in the next book!! The negatives: The love triangle. I didn’t feel like there was much development in the relationship between Riley and Ember – just a sort of implication that their dragon sides were drawn to each other – so I couldn’t really get behind the love triangle in the book. It wasn’t exactly a full-blown triangle anyway, but I get the feeling that it might be more of one in the next book – we shall see! The love triangle was probably the biggest aspect that kept me from really loving this book. Less fantasy than you might be expecting. Yep, those other reviewers were right. Like I said in my intro, this book is less straight-up fantasy and more YA paranormal with dragons and dragon-lore. The characters spend most of the book in human form, and we only get glimpses of fire-breathing dragons. That being said, I LOVED the glimpses that I did get, and the fantasy element really picked up A LOT in the end! So, while this might not have been full-fledged dragon fantasy, I still found myself on the edge of my seat, loving the characters that Kagawa created for me and fully engaged in their story. I give this one 4/5 stars. ***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written book yet again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book on the reality with the fantasy mixed in. Recommend it to anyone that likes dragons, or even if you don't this is still a great book.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A pretty good story, I will be picking up the next installment. However, as a more mature reader, it was pretty young... so, well written for the intended audience.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
What if we lived in a world where dragons were living among humans without us knowing it? This is the world that Ember lives in, but she isn't human, she's only pretending to be. It is summertime in California, and Ember and her twin brother have been allowed a vacation of sorts, before they undergo their entrance into Talon. The super secret ruling government for dragons. Ember hasn't been around humans before, but she assimilates easily into teenage life at the beach. Ember quickly realizes that the life that she has been promised may not be the life that she wants to have. I was surprised at the political nature of this novel. The intricacies behind Talon are only alluded to, but we do learn that it is not all about world peace. Another group, The Order of St. George wants to eliminate all dragon life. They kill dragons without mercy, until one man , Garrett, learns that not all dragons are the same. Just as some humans are good and some are evil, dragons also are good and evil. His world flips upside down, and he starts to doubt everything he was taught. Although this book was a Young Adult Fantasy novel, and had the conventional teenage love triangle, I enjoyed the adult style of intrigue and drama. Warning, this book ends with a cliffhanger, but luckily, the next two books in the series are out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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Caught me by surprise, I love the new creative take Talon brings.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont bother with this book unless you dont care about story or cheracter development and are only interested in a never ending mush-fest of hearts stopping and stomachs fluttering and breaths catching on literally every single page. Both Ember and Garret are flat and uninteresting and the situation set up seems somehow thrown together but utterly predictable at the same time. I read half the book telling myself that it couldnt really be this boring, that something was bound to improve. I finally realized i was fooling myself and gave up.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
I read the first chapter a while ago, and have been on pins and needles to get this one ever since. I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Kagawa’s so far (The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series) so a series about dragons from an author I love is hard to pass up. Did I mention DRAGONS? Nothing but Sunshine I haven’t read a book about dragons that can appear as humans yet, so this one was unique for me in that aspect. I’ve enjoyed the fantasy books that have to do with dragons and how they think so I’ve been looking forward to seeing this take on these huge mystical beasts. Ember and Dante are twins which never happens for the dragons. They are teenagers who are now being thrust on the human world from a life of isolation and training. Watching them adapt to their new environment (a beautiful beach setting) mingling with normal teenage humans was a fun experience. The characters are well developed and easy to love. Ember is head-strong yet flexible. She forms her own opinions and then does what she thinks is right. Dante is the by-the-book, straight-laced one and actually quite boring, but truth be told, he’s not in the story a lot. The POVs are between Ember, Garrett, and Riley. Garrett is a disciplined soldier through-and-through and is forced to experience life as a normal boy through going undercover. Riley is the bad boy you can never tame with a soft side. One of my favorite things to read is when enemies come together to fight a new enemy. I love seeing that adaptability that even though you are in a particular ‘group’, the individuals and the bonds formed matter more. Flames Die Eventually Oh the inevitable love triangle. It definitely makes an appearance. I also found some of the actions in Talon predictable. Fire in the Heart, or Fire in the Soul Ember has never had any sort of romance in her life since she mainly spent time with her brother and trainers growing up. She is now faced with two options who on the surface seem like they couldn’t be more different but deep down they both have the same drive to protect what they think is right. Both enemies to Ember, but both friends. One she is drawn to through her dragon side, and one through her human side. It seems apparent how this one will pan out in the end. A Fiery Start, an Inferno in the Making This is an excellent start to what is a must-read series for me. Talon kept my interest from beginning to end and I read it very quickly. The characters are easy to love, there’s plenty of action, and the setting is fun. The world and the groups of Talon and the Order of St. George are explained well. It all concludes in a way that I absolutely have to know what happens next. Very recommended. Originally given 4 1/2 stars at JC's Book Haven