One of my goals for 2018 was to get my head into more books, so I started a reading challenge on the 01st January to read at LEAST 12 books through out the year. Whilst January was a god awful month to what seems like pretty much all of us, it also gave me the time to get started on the challenge.

My book of choice for January was Julie Kagawa's Talon, part of a 5 book series surrounding dragons and dragon hunters (whats not to like, I was sold already). I have read other books by the same author including The Iron Fey series, which is also a must read in my opinion, so I had high hopes for this.

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.

I keep referring to this book inline with the Eragon series, but really its not. Yes it has dragons and yes it has people who don't like dragons but its not that kind of plot. Kagawa's story telling of Talon goes beyond that of a hatched dragon egg, she has enabled the reader to use there imagination of how a dragon can become a human. 

The book tells the story of Ember and her twin brother Dante, two dragons born into Talon, basically, a group full of dragons training to take over the humans. They place sleepers in plain sight to infiltrate the human race and hope they don't get caught by the Order of St George. But whilst Ember is placed during the summer and struggles with her training and how to fit in she meets Garrett. Little do either of them know, they are actually sworn enemies. 

The story follows with the two getting to know each other and Ember learning that there is more to Talon than she's being lead to believe. I was left rooting for the two of them to be together, its one of those where you know its not possible though because of who they are.

There are a few twists as other characters come into the story and by the end of the book I was already ordering the second in the series just to see what happens next!

If your a person who loves using your imagination whilst reading, and being taken somewhere in a way that only books can do, then this ones for you. I loved reading Talon and didn't want to put it down, the story and the way its written are both perfectly done.

Congratulations to Kagawa on another great series!

You can purchase a copy of Talon HERE on Amazon.

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