Title: Talon (Talon #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Format Read: Hardback
Description from Goodreads: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humankind nine 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 or 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 buy the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruit 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 bout dragons.
It's not often that I come across a book and can't decide who I ship the main character with the most, but this is what I ran into with TALON. Garret or Cobalt, Garret or Cobalt? I STILL DON'T KNOW. Today I'm leaning towards Garret, but if you ask me again tomorrow... well, you get the picture. I can't tell you my reasons for shipping each of them, but I can tell you that Garret is more of the "safe" type, and Cobalt is more the "dangerous". Which is funny, if you read the book.
TALON was full of action, whether it be a fight-scene, a training scene, or an argument of some sort. Action, and twists, and just enough romance-- so well executed, too. The way that the dragons are able to become human, and mingle with people was so intriguing. It was the reason I picked TALON up in the first place, which ended up being a great choice, as it introduced me to the world of Kagawa and now I can put her faerie books on on my TBR.
I give TALON four stars as I wait for a time where I can go out and get book two. If you like dragons, and action, and books that have you question the governmental powers that be in their world, this is for you.