Series: Talon #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen on April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Chris Patton, MacLeod Andrews, Tristan Morris
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Soldier
Also by this author: The Iron King, The Immortal Rules, Soldier
One Line: Just as amazing as the first book.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Julie has done such a great job at mixing dragons seamlessly into the modern world and making it feel believable. She also packed this book with plenty of action and delved even deeper into the inner workings of Talon. I loved it! Also, YAY for more dragons! While I had some difficulty picturing the actual sizes of the dragons when they shifted and visualizing the differences between the hatchlings and the old ones, that really has more to do with the fact that my imagination sucks. Regardless, I liked seeing more dragons and I liked seeing them get into fights and seeing just how tough and strong they are.
As far as love triangles go, this one isn’t so bad. Honestly, I know I’m in the minority with this, but I don’t mind love triangles. Everyone always gripes about them, but if the author does it right and it actually makes sense in the story, then why not?! Here, it’s pretty easy to see how it fits. Even though Ember is all dragon, she has a touch of humanity and it connects her to Garrett in a way she can’t with Cobalt. They definitely have chemistry and I do so enjoy that whole “forbidden/shouldn’t happen” kind of romances. Cobalt, on the other hand, is a pretty awesome guy/dragon. While Garrett is all broody and serious, Cobalt is playful and enticing. Those moments when Ember and Cobalt’s dragon sides were aching to come out and play with each other? Loved them! I really want to see more Cobalt and Ember action and I can only imagine where things will go with them after this book. I honestly don’t know who I want her to end up with more.
While I wouldn’t necessarily say Rogue is better than Talon, at least for me, I’d definitely say they’re on the same page. Rogue has more action and plot development and even though Ember bugged me at times, I still couldn’t get enough of the story. This is turning into a solid series so far and I’m so curious as to why the twins are so important to Talon, although I suspect it has something to do with the fact that they’re twins, since that never happens in their dragon world. I also liked learning more about Cobalt, his past, and how he decided to start rescuing rogues. Dante really worked my nerves in this one, but I’m hoping he redeems himself in the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading Soldier. Excellent job, Julie!
Thoughts on the Narrator
We had quite the ensemble of narrators in this book. Since I listened to the audio for Talon as well, I’m familiar with Caitlin, MacLeod, and Chris. Tristan Morris, who portrays Dante, was a new POV for me, and a new narrator as well. For the first three narrators, I think they did a great job once again, giving life and personality to these characters. I’ve been a fan of Macleod Andrews for some time now and I love his deep voice. He was perfect for Garrett and really emphasized the soldier’s personality. Caitlin plays a good Ember, although there’s nothing particularly significant about her voice. Chris was great as Cobalt. His voice has a bit of playfulness and charm to it that was perfect for his character. As for Tristan, even though I pictured a somewhat different voice for Dante, I still think he did a great job with it and I’m interested in seeing how he’ll continue to portray Dante as the story progresses. Overall, the narrators did wonderfully and I might just stick to listening to this series instead of reading it myself.