Talon : The Talon Saga

  • by Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton
  • Series: The Talon Saga
  • 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have becomestrong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey - and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence, and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the order has ingrained in him - and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.


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This book was one that I was waiting on for a while so when I got a chance to listen to it for review I was so excited. I am a huge fan of the author's work but I have to say this one wasn't as good to me as her other works. The narrator did a good job of bringing this story to life and making Ember and her brother Dante more than just the dragons that they were. They became way more human and as I continued to listen to the story I started to see just how misunderstood they really were. I was quickly interested in learning more about Talon and what they were really about because I knew it was more that they were hiding.

Ember and Dante soon adjust to living life as humans but still training with Talon. Ember even makes friends along the way some of them being Riley and Garret. I liked Riley from the start and liked that he encouraged Ember to be who and what she was but Garrett made her a better person also. I could quickly see the author was going to go the love triangle route but in this case it made sense and I was ok with it. I found myself torn between the boys too and the narrator made them both so different and unique. The book was pretty fast paced and I listened to it fairly quickly and was surprised at how fast I finished it.

Overall this was an ok audio listen but it wasn't due to the narration because that was spot on. I just felt that alot of them book was predictable and early on I figured out how things would play out. In short it was an ok listen but nothing that blew me away. The characters were ok but I wasn't that invested in them but regardless with the way things ended I will have to get the next book in the series. If you are looking for an ok listen but one full of awesome narration then you may want to check this one out.

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- Doctor's Notes

Kagawa + Dragons = Brilliant!

The good: The world building - even though it seemed slow sometimes, I really got a feel for the characters and the world. I was left with a ton of questions about "Talon" and it's purpose with it's dystopian-like insidious society and I can't wait to learn more about it.

The characters- Most of the characters seemed authentic and I always love that Kagawa doesn't take it easy on them. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, her main characters get the crap kicked out of them which makes it easy for me empathize with them and root for them throughout the story.

The action - once the plot started moving - there was dragon fire and bullets flying and daring escapes that kept me up long into the night finishing this audio!

The Bad: BOTH of my pet peeves - a love triangle and a cliffhanger ending. Ugh. But I guess I can't have it all.

It was still worth waiting for. I loved it - can't wait to read the next.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.