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I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I've been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won't rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa's other series. I've never read anything else by her though, so there's really nothing for me to compare this to. But let's move on to what the book is about. Talon is about dragons...but also not really. If you're looking for a novel featuring these magnificent creatures in all their winged and scaly fire-breathing glory, you're not going to find much of that here. What you have instead is a small group of dragonkind who spend most of their time in human form, hoping to infiltrate our society and one day take over the world again. A secret faction of dragon slayers called the Order of St. George is determined not to let that happen, and their members continue to hunt dragons like they have for time immemorial. The book begins as two young dragon siblings, Ember and Dante Hill travel to California in their human forms to begin training for their future positions to serve their home base of Talon. Ember is fascinated with humankind, and wants nothing more than to enjoy the summer living out the full teenager experience - beaches, arcades, ice cream parlors, the whole shebang. Her brother Dante on the other hand is a lot more disciplined, and does not like it one bit when a rogue dragon shows up in their territory, distracting Ember from her training. Meanwhile, St. George has received the rumors of new dragon recruits in the area, and the young soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian and his partner are tasked to hunt these Talon agents down and kill them. Encouraged to mingle and blend in with other teenagers, Ember and Dante spend most of this book as humans. But unlike other books with shape-shifting dragons (like Rachel Hartman's Seraphina for example, which I thought did a really good job developing the culture and world of the draconic characters), it's difficult to think of the dragons here as anything but human. This is what I meant when I cautioned not to think of Talon too much as a "dragon" book. Despite a few scenes of Ember thinking as a dragon and being a dragon - and they are quite few and far between - the author often seems to put her human persona before her draconic one. Plus, the setting is modern and urban. Ember's life revolves around surfing, parties, friends and boys. Very little is known about the dragon home of Talon and Kagawa doesn't really get into it. For those craving a bit more fantasy and world building, I can see how that could cause some frustration. As such, this ends up being your rather typical contemporary young adult novel with a light fantasy twist, complete with love triangle and just a dash of forbidden love. Despite being exactly what I expected, it was undeniably entertaining. After reading this, however, I admit to being skeptical of Kagawa's writing. It's obvious that she can spin a good yarn, but there were some plot elements that were so illogical and downright silly, it can be difficult to take these characters seriously. First of all, if you can take any form and you're trying to covertly infiltrate and gain influence in human society, I would not do it as a teenager. Good luck gathering any useful information to bring back to your overlords, unless they're interested in how your airheaded friend thinks so-and-so is so totally gorgeous and has nice abs. Talon is also so bad at this undercover secret agent stuff, I'm not surprised St. George managed to narrow their search down to Ember and Dante and their group of beach bum friends in like all of two seconds. You're a dragon spy, and you're seriously going to stick with Ember for your name? You might as well paint a target on your back and wear a big sign that says "I'M THE DRAGON!" and hang it around your neck. The Order of St. George doesn't seem that much more competent either. At one point, Garret admits to his partner that he is getting too close to Ember and recommends stepping back from the mission. Instead of allowing Garret to do so, what does his partner do but tell him to take advantage of this new development to go even deeper into the case. Um, no! As soon as one of your soldiers gets emotionally involved and becomes compromised like that, you pull them the hell out. A lot of the problems that St. George experience near the end, they brought most of them on themselves. These little moments aside, not much else detracted from the experience. Yes, the story is pretty standard but ended up being more interesting than the description made it sound, and it held my attention to the end, which isn't something I can say for a lot of YA. The next book, predictably called Rogue, looks like it will delve deeper into the both the secret Order of St. George and the dragon organization Talon, so hopefully readers get the world building we want there.

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Series Title
The Talon Saga
Publisher
Blackstone Pub
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Author
Kagawa, Julie
ISBN-13
9781483024813
Publication Date
October, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.60 x 5.40 x 0.60 Inches
ISBN-10
1483024814

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I was a bit taken abac...
I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I've been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won't rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa's other series. I've never read anything else by her though, so there's really nothing for me to compare this to. But let's move on to what the book is about. Talon is about dragons...but also not really. If you're looking for a novel featuring these magnificent creatures in all their winged and scaly fire-breathing glory, you're not going to find much of that here. What you have instead is a small group of dragonkind who spend most of their time in human form, hoping to infiltrate our society and one day take over the world again. A secret faction of dragon slayers called the Order of St. George is determined not to let that happen, and their members continue to hunt dragons like they have for time immemorial. The book begins as two young dragon siblings, Ember and Dante Hill travel to California in their human forms to begin training for their future positions to serve their home base of Talon. Ember is fascinated with humankind, and wants nothing more than to enjoy the summer living out the full teenager experience - beaches, arcades, ice cream parlors, the whole shebang. Her brother Dante on the other hand is a lot more disciplined, and does not like it one bit when a rogue dragon shows up in their territory, distracting Ember from her training. Meanwhile, St. George has received the rumors of new dragon recruits in the area, and the young soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian and his partner are tasked to hunt these Talon agents down and kill them. Encouraged to mingle and blend in with other teenagers, Ember and Dante spend most of this book as humans. But unlike other books with shape-shifting dragons (like Rachel Hartman's Seraphina for example, which I thought did a really good job developing the culture and world of the draconic characters), it's difficult to think of the dragons here as anything but human. This is what I meant when I cautioned not to think of Talon too much as a "dragon" book. Despite a few scenes of Ember thinking as a dragon and being a dragon - and they are quite few and far between - the author often seems to put her human persona before her draconic one. Plus, the setting is modern and urban. Ember's life revolves around surfing, parties, friends and boys. Very little is known about the dragon home of Talon and Kagawa doesn't really get into it. For those craving a bit more fantasy and world building, I can see how that could cause some frustration. As such, this ends up being your rather typical contemporary young adult novel with a light fantasy twist, complete with love triangle and just a dash of forbidden love. Despite being exactly what I expected, it was undeniably entertaining. After reading this, however, I admit to being skeptical of Kagawa's writing. It's obvious that she can spin a good yarn, but there were some plot elements that were so illogical and downright silly, it can be difficult to take these characters seriously. First of all, if you can take any form and you're trying to covertly infiltrate and gain influence in human society, I would not do it as a teenager. Good luck gathering any useful information to bring back to your overlords, unless they're interested in how your airheaded friend thinks so-and-so is so totally gorgeous and has nice abs. Talon is also so bad at this undercover secret agent stuff, I'm not surprised St. George managed to narrow their search down to Ember and Dante and their group of beach bum friends in like all of two seconds. You're a dragon spy, and you're seriously going to stick with Ember for your name? You might as well paint a target on your back and wear a big sign that says "I'M THE DRAGON!" and hang it around your neck. The Order of St. George doesn't seem that much more competent either. At one point, Garret admits to his partner that he is getting too close to Ember and recommends stepping back from the mission. Instead of allowing Garret to do so, what does his partner do but tell him to take advantage of this new development to go even deeper into the case. Um, no! As soon as one of your soldiers gets emotionally involved and becomes compromised like that, you pull them the hell out. A lot of the problems that St. George experience near the end, they brought most of them on themselves. These little moments aside, not much else detracted from the experience. Yes, the story is pretty standard but ended up being more interesting than the description made it sound, and it held my attention to the end, which isn't something I can say for a lot of YA. The next book, predictably called Rogue, looks like it will delve deeper into the both the secret Order of St. George and the dragon organization Talon, so hopefully readers get the world building we want there.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
I was excited about th...
I was excited about this book since it featured dragons. Imagine a world where dragons walked among us in human form, infiltrating society and taking their place in high ranking government offices. Young dragons are trained at a facility called Talon, a place we only hear about in this narrative. When the young dragons turn 16 they are introduced to human society with a human host family. There they will interact and learn while awaiting their assigned professions based on their particular skills and talents. The two dragons starring in this book are Ember and Dante Hill. (Ember, really?) The parallel storyline features soldiers from an organization called St. George, a highly trained military group with one mission - wipe out dragons. Most humans don't know dragons exist so soldiers from St George blend into society to seek out these dragons in human form, then destroy them. The opening chapters about St George describe a huge fire fight in South America where the soldiers have pinned down an older dangerous dragon. It's like Seal Team 6 meets the Cujo of dragons. The main soldiers we read about are Tristan St. George and Garret Sebastian. The chapters drift back and forth between the young dragons and their host family and two soldiers from St George. Unfortunately it turns into a teen angst theme with Ember having feelings for Garret (a man sent to kill her) and a rogue dragon who appears, flirting with Ember. Garret has the baggage of hating dragons because they killed his family when he was a child. Now he is having romantic feelings for Ember and this keeps him from focusing on his mission. Turned out there were very few scenes with dragons. I read the entire book but it wasn't what I had thought it would be. There is a cliffhanger ending, which you can see coming as you near the end of the book, and it leads the way for the next book in this series. Right now I don't think I will read that next book. I had enough teenager handwringing with Hunger Games and Divergent. But that's my opinion and like I said, I did finish the book. Give me more dragon and less juvenile romance, then I would read part two.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
I was a bit taken abac...
I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I've been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won't rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa's other series. I've never read anything else by her though, so there's really nothing for me to compare this to. But let's move on to what the book is about. Talon is about dragons...but also not really. If you're looking for a novel featuring these magnificent creatures in all their winged and scaly fire-breathing glory, you're not going to find much of that here. What you have instead is a small group of dragonkind who spend most of their time in human form, hoping to infiltrate our society and one day take over the world again. A secret faction of dragon slayers called the Order of St. George is determined not to let that happen, and their members continue to hunt dragons like they have for time immemorial. The book begins as two young dragon siblings, Ember and Dante Hill travel to California in their human forms to begin training for their future positions to serve their home base of Talon. Ember is fascinated with humankind, and wants nothing more than to enjoy the summer living out the full teenager experience - beaches, arcades, ice cream parlors, the whole shebang. Her brother Dante on the other hand is a lot more disciplined, and does not like it one bit when a rogue dragon shows up in their territory, distracting Ember from her training. Meanwhile, St. George has received the rumors of new dragon recruits in the area, and the young soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian and his partner are tasked to hunt these Talon agents down and kill them. Encouraged to mingle and blend in with other teenagers, Ember and Dante spend most of this book as humans. But unlike other books with shape-shifting dragons (like Rachel Hartman's Seraphina for example, which I thought did a really good job developing the culture and world of the draconic characters), it's difficult to think of the dragons here as anything but human. This is what I meant when I cautioned not to think of Talon too much as a "dragon" book. Despite a few scenes of Ember thinking as a dragon and being a dragon - and they are quite few and far between - the author often seems to put her human persona before her draconic one. Plus, the setting is modern and urban. Ember's life revolves around surfing, parties, friends and boys. Very little is known about the dragon home of Talon and Kagawa doesn't really get into it. For those craving a bit more fantasy and world building, I can see how that could cause some frustration. As such, this ends up being your rather typical contemporary young adult novel with a light fantasy twist, complete with love triangle and just a dash of forbidden love. Despite being exactly what I expected, it was undeniably entertaining. After reading this, however, I admit to being skeptical of Kagawa's writing. It's obvious that she can spin a good yarn, but there were some plot elements that were so illogical and downright silly, it can be difficult to take these characters seriously. First of all, if you can take any form and you're trying to covertly infiltrate and gain influence in human society, I would not do it as a teenager. Good luck gathering any useful information to bring back to your overlords, unless they're interested in how your airheaded friend thinks so-and-so is so totally gorgeous and has nice abs. Talon is also so bad at this undercover secret agent stuff, I'm not surprised St. George managed to narrow their search down to Ember and Dante and their group of beach bum friends in like all of two seconds. You're a dragon spy, and you're seriously going to stick with Ember for your name? You might as well paint a target on your back and wear a big sign that says "I'M THE DRAGON!" and hang it around your neck. The Order of St. George doesn't seem that much more competent either. At one point, Garret admits to his partner that he is getting too close to Ember and recommends stepping back from the mission. Instead of allowing Garret to do so, what does his partner do but tell him to take advantage of this new development to go even deeper into the case. Um, no! As soon as one of your soldiers gets emotionally involved and becomes compromised like that, you pull them the hell out. A lot of the problems that St. George experience near the end, they brought most of them on themselves. These little moments aside, not much else detracted from the experience. Yes, the story is pretty standard but ended up being more interesting than the description made it sound, and it held my attention to the end, which isn't something I can say for a lot of YA. The next book, predictably called Rogue, looks like it will delve deeper into the both the secret Order of St. George and the dragon organization Talon, so hopefully readers get the world building we want there.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
I was excited about th...
I was excited about this book since it featured dragons. Imagine a world where dragons walked among us in human form, infiltrating society and taking their place in high ranking government offices. Young dragons are trained at a facility called Talon, a place we only hear about in this narrative. When the young dragons turn 16 they are introduced to human society with a human host family. There they will interact and learn while awaiting their assigned professions based on their particular skills and talents. The two dragons starring in this book are Ember and Dante Hill. (Ember, really?) The parallel storyline features soldiers from an organization called St. George, a highly trained military group with one mission - wipe out dragons. Most humans don't know dragons exist so soldiers from St George blend into society to seek out these dragons in human form, then destroy them. The opening chapters about St George describe a huge fire fight in South America where the soldiers have pinned down an older dangerous dragon. It's like Seal Team 6 meets the Cujo of dragons. The main soldiers we read about are Tristan St. George and Garret Sebastian. The chapters drift back and forth between the young dragons and their host family and two soldiers from St George. Unfortunately it turns into a teen angst theme with Ember having feelings for Garret (a man sent to kill her) and a rogue dragon who appears, flirting with Ember. Garret has the baggage of hating dragons because they killed his family when he was a child. Now he is having romantic feelings for Ember and this keeps him from focusing on his mission. Turned out there were very few scenes with dragons. I read the entire book but it wasn't what I had thought it would be. There is a cliffhanger ending, which you can see coming as you near the end of the book, and it leads the way for the next book in this series. Right now I don't think I will read that next book. I had enough teenager handwringing with Hunger Games and Divergent. But that's my opinion and like I said, I did finish the book. Give me more dragon and less juvenile romance, then I would read part two.
1-5 of 16 reviews

Julie Kagawa writes en...

Julie Kagawa writes entertaining young adult romances into which she always adds an element of fantasy, whether it be vampires, faeries, or in this case, dragons. Nevertheless, the books are first and foremost young adult romances, and are well done in spite of their inevitable predictability. They provide light entertaining reads. Ember Hill is 16, and she is a dragon. She and her "clutch-mate" Dante have been sent to Southern California for the summer for some additional training in "fitting in" with humans, as well as learning to prepare for the adult roles that have been assigned to them. Dragons can shift into human form and do so regularly in order to hide from members of the Order of St. George, a cult of dragonslayers. Both dragons and those in the Order are convinced that the other race is evil, and must be destroyed. Garret Xavier Sebastian, 17, is in the Order and is also in Crescent Beach, California, after receiving word that Talon, the dragon organization, is using that place to train dragons. Garret and his buddy Tristan were sent there to assimilate as well, and to find and kill the "sleeper" dragons. And there is another character who shares the narration with Ember and Garret, and who has also come to this place for the dragon activity: the handsome "bad boy" Riley, who happens to be a dragon who has gone "rogue." Well, obviously one can see at the very beginning where this story is going. But that knowledge does not diminish the enjoyment of seeing how the plot is played out. Ember, like Kagawa's other heroines, is no pushover; she is brave, spunky, and loyal but thinks for herself. Garret is handsome, dedicated, and also open to new perspectives. But Ember has an "inner dragon" that competes for her attention, just as Garret has an "inner soldier." Moreover, they each belong to vicious organizations that will not allow compromise or nuance to interfere with their objectives. There is an additional complication as well. Both Talon and St. George seem to have hidden agendas which would alienate their young, idealistic adherents if discovered. Riley wants Ember to know the truth, and Ember's dragon is drawn to Riley's dragon. But in her human form, she wants Garret. There is an inevitable showdown, but the outcome is far from certain. Evaluation: I like Kagawa. Her fantasy elements could be considered over the top by some, but they really aren't intrusive; they just help move the relationships along. This is definitely not comparable to a dragon book like Seraphina, with its depth and sophisticated world building. It really is more of a young adult romance with two teens discovering how to have fun for a change instead of living the army life, so to speak. The dragon element seems no more a complication than say, an apocalypse.... And yes, it's only book one of a trilogy. But it's entertaining, and I will probably be back for book two.

I was a bit taken abac...

I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I've been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won't rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa's other series. I've never read anything else by her though, so there's really nothing for me to compare this to. But let's move on to what the book is about. Talon is about dragons...but also not really. If you're looking for a novel featuring these magnificent creatures in all their winged and scaly fire-breathing glory, you're not going to find much of that here. What you have instead is a small group of dragonkind who spend most of their time in human form, hoping to infiltrate our society and one day take over the world again. A secret faction of dragon slayers called the Order of St. George is determined not to let that happen, and their members continue to hunt dragons like they have for time immemorial. The book begins as two young dragon siblings, Ember and Dante Hill travel to California in their human forms to begin training for their future positions to serve their home base of Talon. Ember is fascinated with humankind, and wants nothing more than to enjoy the summer living out the full teenager experience - beaches, arcades, ice cream parlors, the whole shebang. Her brother Dante on the other hand is a lot more disciplined, and does not like it one bit when a rogue dragon shows up in their territory, distracting Ember from her training. Meanwhile, St. George has received the rumors of new dragon recruits in the area, and the young soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian and his partner are tasked to hunt these Talon agents down and kill them. Encouraged to mingle and blend in with other teenagers, Ember and Dante spend most of this book as humans. But unlike other books with shape-shifting dragons (like Rachel Hartman's Seraphina for example, which I thought did a really good job developing the culture and world of the draconic characters), it's difficult to think of the dragons here as anything but human. This is what I meant when I cautioned not to think of Talon too much as a "dragon" book. Despite a few scenes of Ember thinking as a dragon and being a dragon - and they are quite few and far between - the author often seems to put her human persona before her draconic one. Plus, the setting is modern and urban. Ember's life revolves around surfing, parties, friends and boys. Very little is known about the dragon home of Talon and Kagawa doesn't really get into it. For those craving a bit more fantasy and world building, I can see how that could cause some frustration. As such, this ends up being your rather typical contemporary young adult novel with a light fantasy twist, complete with love triangle and just a dash of forbidden love. Despite being exactly what I expected, it was undeniably entertaining. After reading this, however, I admit to being skeptical of Kagawa's writing. It's obvious that she can spin a good yarn, but there were some plot elements that were so illogical and downright silly, it can be difficult to take these characters seriously. First of all, if you can take any form and you're trying to covertly infiltrate and gain influence in human society, I would not do it as a teenager. Good luck gathering any useful information to bring back to your overlords, unless they're interested in how your airheaded friend thinks so-and-so is so totally gorgeous and has nice abs. Talon is also so bad at this undercover secret agent stuff, I'm not surprised St. George managed to narrow their search down to Ember and Dante and their group of beach bum friends in like all of two seconds. You're a dragon spy, and you're seriously going to stick with Ember for your name? You might as well paint a target on your back and wear a big sign that says "I'M THE DRAGON!" and hang it around your neck. The Order of St. George doesn't seem that much more competent either. At one point, Garret admits to his partner that he is getting too close to Ember and recommends stepping back from the mission. Instead of allowing Garret to do so, what does his partner do but tell him to take advantage of this new development to go even deeper into the case. Um, no! As soon as one of your soldiers gets emotionally involved and becomes compromised like that, you pull them the hell out. A lot of the problems that St. George experience near the end, they brought most of them on themselves. These little moments aside, not much else detracted from the experience. Yes, the story is pretty standard but ended up being more interesting than the description made it sound, and it held my attention to the end, which isn't something I can say for a lot of YA. The next book, predictably called Rogue, looks like it will delve deeper into the both the secret Order of St. George and the dragon organization Talon, so hopefully readers get the world building we want there.

Ill start out by sayi...

I'll start out by saying this book is aimed at Female Young Adults (which can also be read as teenage girls) and so if you don't feel that this is your genre then I would stay away. I didn't know this when I bought the book. I'm 31. I'm a guy. Hardly the target audience... The book tells the story of the rivalry between Talon (the order of Dragons) and St. George (the order of humans) and how they both have to live in secrecy but are actively trying to take each other out. The need for secrecy is to avoid mass panic which would only hinder their efforts to exterminate each the other. The obvious question is how can Dragons hide, they are huge, the answer is simple: they are able to "shift" into a form that strongly resembles humanity. There is also another faction, a sub faction if you will, called Rogue's - Dragon's no longer loyal to Talon (and hunted by them). The main characters are Ember, a female member of Talon tasked with assimilating with the human population (a "Sleeper"), Garret, a male member of St. George tasked with seeking out said Sleeper and Riley, a male dragon gone rogue. As you would expect, there is a love triangle which this book revolves around. So much so that I considered putting it down and reading something more masculine... like a book on cars, DIY or football (because every man loves all of those things... obviously...) In all honesty though, the heavy weighting of building up Ember's relationship with Garret and Riley helped me enjoy the finale so much more and I can't wait to read the next book in the series (Rogue) as I can't wait to find out about the dark secrets that only the elite Talon members are aware of... I just hope romance is lower on the scale of things as I'm a man, and I like man things... Grrr.

Im a big fan of Julie...

I'm a big fan of Julie Kagaway. I absolutely loved her Blood of Eden series, and I was stoked when I found out she would be writing a dragon series. I absolutely love dragons, and I definitely enjoyed her take on them.Ember is a naive girl, and even though she does things she probably shouldn't she's a very likeable character. Her brother kind of annoyed me. He's supposed to be supportive of her and there are many times where he just looks the other way. There is a love triangle, but I think it works well. There's Riley, the all around bad boy. He's screams danger and is incredibly enticing. I also really liked Garrett. He seems to start learning to enjoy the mundane when he meets Ember.There are awful instructors, battles, and feels (all kinds of those). I was never bored throughout the book. I liked learning new bits and pieces of the characters, and the Talon organization. They are pretty intense. All around, I enjoyed this book.Now on to the narrators...I loved all of the narrators in this book. I haven't listened to anything with any of these narrators, but I definitely plan on adding their voices to my playlist. The transition was smooth, and I felt like they embodied the characters well. I think I've become an instant MacLeod Andrews fan. His voice is soothing to listen to.I did like that the guys doing girls voices flowed well. They didn't go all high pitch. They just changed their voices some. And the pitches of the supporting characters was pretty much the same all the way across. They each put the same inflections in the characters voices. I think the fact that the book was narrated by three different people of the each point of view is something that helped the story stay steady. I'm not sure how well it would have read with one person doing all the views. Each narrator also did a good job with expressing the emotions the character was feeling. It's something that can be hard when listening, but they did a fantastic job.There wasn't any background noise, and you couldn't hear breaths or certain letters pop. That is something I always love when it comes to audiobooks. Overall, I think the narrators did an amazing job, and they really pulled me into the story.

This book surprised me...

This book surprised me in the best possible way as, based on its very mixed reviews, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did. There's nothing really original about the story. It's your standard tale of human meets supernatural being in human form. But the thing was that it did it well. The book is very easy to read and built at a steady pace, giving plenty of time for a realistic relationship to bloom between Ember and Garrett. Both of these leads were also very strong and likable, making me really feel for them as the story progressed. There are only a few things that I found a little irksome. First was the love triangle. Riley's interest in Ember felt a little bit tagged on. It didn't really go anywhere in this book and Ember never really reciprocated his feelings. Second was the lack of world building. The world behind this story was fascinating and I desperately wanted to learn more about it, but we never really experience either side of it. I want to know more about how Talon and St George both work. I really hope that the sequel plugs this void. But this aside, I found the book hard to put down. I'm not a great lover of paranormal romances but this one just hit the spot for me. I cared about the characters (all of them) and didn't really want to see anything bad happen to them. It's been a while since I got this invested in a universe but now I have a burning need to get my hands on Rogue...

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