Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon Saga
Pages: 461 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION KAGAWA, J.
Synopsis: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 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.
This is another great series by Julie Kagawa. Ember and Dante are twin hatchling dragons that up to this point have only ever been with trainers. This summer they actually get to be around humans and no trainers. Unfortunately, the next level of training is moved up and for the first time Ember and Dante are separated for training. This starts a riff between the two sibling. Throughout the book you can see how the Ember is maturing and growing. Dante you see a little from him but he is secretive. The book also introduces Riley a Rouge dragon and Garret Xavier Sebastian a soldier of St. George. These are the guys that bring in a love triangle to the story and make Ember question everything she has been taught. This is a good set up for the Talon Saga. It is a good pace with action spread throughout. I have read the second book and am eagerly awaiting the third book.