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Talon (Talon #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  16,479 Ratings  ·  2,735 Reviews
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. T
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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Courtney It didn't remind me of either series because they are all so very different. The main thing that I think they have in common is that they are so well…moreIt didn't remind me of either series because they are all so very different. The main thing that I think they have in common is that they are so well written. As I read each of these books I could always visualise what was happening so very vividly. (less)

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Khanh (the meanie)
Nov 04, 2013 Khanh (the meanie) rated it it was ok
DNF at 25%. I have theories about what happens throughout the rest of the book. Read my theories at the end, those who have read this series, and tell me if I'm wrong.

I fully expected to enjoy this book, or at least find plenty of entertainment value, given that it was written by Julie Kagawa.

I was wrong.

Last week I read the fantastically craptastic Firelight which was essentially Twilight with dragons. So my standards weren't high to begin with. This book was only marginally better, and only so
Lola  Reviewer
Could this really be the same author who wrote The Iron King?

Never have I heard of dragons being boring. Until this.

Where is the incredible world-building? The originality in characters? The exciting romance?


I would like to know. Have you read the blurb? The blurb which promises us so much…yet the story does not deliver. And it is disappointing! To tell you everything, the only reason I have not DNFed this is because I just DNFed These Broken Stars yesterday and would have felt…cheap to do so wi
Apr 12, 2013 Jordan marked it as to-read
April 2013:
Lets be honest, I'd read this woman's grocery list if she published it.
Sep 05, 2014 Molly rated it did not like it
Challenge #7 A book with non-human character (popsugar 2015 reading challenge:

***Two stars only because 1 star is for DNF's***

Today! On our segment of "REALLY?!?!"

1. Dialogue so cheesy you could grate it...

2. Heroine too trusting of the wrong people in very bad situations...

3. Frustrating amounts of NO ACTION...

4. Love triangle introduced in the last 20% of the book...

5.One guy has rape-y vibes and one guy wants to shoot her in her head...

6. Cliff hanger ending
Emily May
I just... can't... finish it.

I tried, really I did. I'm a big fan of Kagawa's work and I've enjoyed both her Fae books and her vampire trilogy; it was only natural that I was dying to get my hands on her brand new series about dragons who take human form.

But there was a missing spark for me that I managed to find in her other two series. Plus, throw in a bunch of regular YA paranormal cliches like a love triangle and this book, despite the original-sounding premise, was nothing special. You can
Steysha Kravits
Mar 09, 2013 Steysha Kravits rated it liked it
What I expected:

What I got:

I love Julie Kagawa. I’ve read her Iron Fey series and I liked it. So I had great expectations upon this book. I mean… it’s about dragons! But I’m actually disappointed.

Ember and her twin Dante are exceptional. Dragons usually lay only one egg a time, so they don’t have siblings. They live in a Talon – organization that helps them to survive in a world, where dragons are killed by St. George – military forces, created to drive dragons to extinct.
Ember and Dante are su
Ben Alderson
Jan 05, 2015 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing
Hear goes another review!

So I will start by letting you know I read this whole beast of a book in 5, 30 min reading sprints. Yes it was that good!

I loved the fact it was a fantasy based in modern time all about kick ass dragons that roam around as humans. Almost like the fantastical version of Hannah Montana!

I can not wait for the second book! I currently have a headache from reading so much but just believe that this book is amazing! you all must read it!

Ben ox
May 25, 2013 Danica marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe
Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight. Please don't be a Firelight.
Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj


And if you're wondering, then yes, it was definitely worth the wait.

First off - this book was different than Julie Kagawa's usual adventure type of books. If you've read her Iron Fey series, or her Immortal Rules series, you'd know that adventure is a big part of the story. It's one of my favourite things about her books. But Talon didn't really have any of that - and I actually didn't mind. I still enjoyed reading this. And I have a feeling that there wi
2.5 stars, as much as it pains me to do this.

Julie, oh Julie. Why you gotta do me like that? u_u

Prior to reading this book, I was like:

Because it's Julie! I adore her to pieces. The Iron Fey series to date is one of my favorite series' of all time, and so is Blood of Eden. She put out constant masterpieces that, naturally, I put her on a pedestal.

After reading this book, I'm starting to think that was not a very wise idea. ._.

This book suffered a massive case of blandness. It was extremely formu
Kristina Horner
Apr 27, 2015 Kristina Horner rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Okay. I have seriously been looking forward to writing this review. Because I HATED Talon with every fiber of my being and can't even think of ONE redeeming quality, aside from perhaps the fact that my roommate and I had a joyous time bonding over our simultaneous hate-reads of this audiobook. Sometimes reading a bad book can be fun, I'll admit it. But other times, it can make you want to drive your car off a cliff as you BEAT YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE STEERING WHEEL BECAUSE EVERYONE IN THE BOOK IS ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Taschima rated it it was ok
Shelves: bea-2014

I am a huge, huge, HUGE Julie Kagawa, fan. Her Iron Fey series as well as Blood of Eden are on my list of favorites, which is why it pains me so much to say that Talon did not deliver as I thought it was going to. It did not hook me until the very very end and by then I was looking at the Epilogue. I thought Talon focused too much of its efforts on the wrong stuff, mainly the romance and the painfully obvious love triangle. It should have focused more on world building and a more epic plot… this
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
A ruse. That's all it was. Pretend to like this girl. Pretend to have feelings, to pursue some kind of relationship. Earn her friendship and trust, knowing I might have to destroy it, and her, in the end.

Ruthless. Julie Kagawa is ruthless. Mad. Intoxicating...Brilliant. I just....I don't get why people aren't loving this one. Is it the content? Is it because it's about dragons and you just can't get past it? Is it the non-existent love triangle? The not-so-insta-love? Is it because it isn't ov
Disclaimer: This is a review of an uncorrected Advanced Reader Copy.

Know how to ruin a potentially great fantasy novel?
Cram it up to the brim with Young-Adulterism. That's what I'm coining this phenomena.
When, at around 60 pages I'm already smacked in the face with:

- beautiful main characters
- beautiful love interests
- a third party making unwanted sexual advances to female MC just so male LI can step in and rescue her
- a beautiful bad-boy to possibly serve as a future love-triangle
- said beauti
What I THOUGHT Talon would have:
• Epic dragon battles and wars
• Dragon lore
• Dragon politics
• Awesome dragon heroine
• Epic romance

What Talon ACTUALLY had:
• Beaches, parties, the mall, boys, surfing
• Very little action, with a super slow pace
• Practically NO world building
• Girl kicks guy where 'the sun don't shine'
• Insta-love... TWICE!
The LAMEST dragon ever!

This is a book about dragons right?!


I could count the number of times in ONE HAND that Ember shifted into a dragon.
All I
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An exciting start to what should be a promising series. It is an intriguing concept, with dragons hidden amidst a modern setting, and I really loved progressively learning more about Talon and St George.

It took me a little while to get really invested in the story. The beginning is slower in pace and I didn't find myself connecting with the characters until later on. However t
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars (0.5 stars for sentimental value)

"We were taught their entire blood-filled history, from the dragonslayers, to the fanatical Templar Knights, all the way up to the militaristic order they were now... St. George was ruthless and cunning and unmerciful, the enemy of all of our kind."

Look at that passage. Just look at it. Does it not reek of potential? Does it not guarantee High Fantasy epicness in the form of dragon vs human smackdowns? Does it not promise you incredible things??

Now ta
Mar 14, 2013 Angelica marked it as to-read
No tittle, no synopsis, no release date, written by Julie Kagawa...


IT HAS A TITTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT'S ABOUT DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(this gif kills me! lol)

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!


It has a cover! And it looks so pretty! And a synopsis! It's going to be so cool!

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Book 2 : Rogue ✬✬✬ (2.5)

Actual rating : 3.5 stars

Deciding to read Talon was an instant-jerk reaction for me. After reading a bunch of mixed reviews, I reached the decision to never, ever read it. Guess I was fucking wrong. Because what happened next is kind of a blur : reading Chelsea's review - downloading it - eating it - loving it.

I ended to disagree with almost all the warnings I read before. Go figure. Maybe I'm a weirdo. *shrug*

About what have I been warned?

Be careful, the main chara
Dannii Elle
"The human race is weak and self-destructive, and the only thing they know how to do is destroy."

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I was genuinely excited to begin this book and, judging by the synopsis, I felt it had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed for a large portion of the book. The premise of a book about a teenage dragon assimilating to life amongst the human race, whilst in her human form, was intriguing, but whilst reading, this felt like more of a straight-forward romanc
update: Oh my God. This is so badass. OMG.

She could be writing a book about how a llama and a panda fell in love and I'd still read it.




And why is everybody freaking out over the love triangle issues? Guys, this the legendary Julie Kagawa. She can do this, and she can do this well. (Except ... if she does it too well, then I won't be able to choose between two characters ...)
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*

Damn, this sounds really cool. And I really liked Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

However, I see a lot of people are saying it's disappointing so I'm a bit hesitant.

But I will probably still read it at some point, because ........ DRAGONSSSSS
Wren | WrensReads
WrensReads Review:

I'm not going to spend too much time writing a review on this book.

I did like it, don't get me wrong, but it was just so predictable to the point that I was skimming some of the pages.

You have a Romeo and Juliet thing going on in two different corners.
St. George: Killing dragons
Talon: A big organization of dragons
Rogue: Dragons not in Talon.

Girl: Talon
Boy 01: St. George
Boy 02: Rogue

It's very youngly written, so it's towards the younger age of young adult, which as a early twen
Apr 19, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
"[...] as is the case with YA books, a love triangle."

Feb 22, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeing as I was approved for an eARC of Rogue, I though it was time to give Talon a go, and I wasn't disappointed.

Talon tells the story of Ember Hill, a female shape-shifting dragon (dragonelle) who is tasked with blending in with the humans for the summer in California. Whilst there, she faces many difficulties, including falling for a human (a big no no), and becoming close to a Rogue, a dragon who has left the Talon organisation (an even bigger no no).

Talon is a secret society, a secret dra
Catarina (TravelerBetweenWorlds)
The world is not inhabited only by humans.
Dragons walk among us.

Talon is this underground facility. Talon is a place where dragons remain hidden to prevent their extinction and not even humans know about their existence, that would be catastrophic.
Talon still stands because of their rules.
Every dragon had a place, and we all had to work together for the good of the organization and our own survival.
Talon has factions, there are Chameleon, dragons who occupy positions of power in human societ
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was a bit taken aback by the tepid to cool reviews I’ve been seeing for this one. Not that my own review is all that glowing, I realize, but while Talon probably won’t rank among my favorite Young Adult novels read this year, I had a lot of fun with it. By all means not a bad book. Surprisingly, most of the disappointment appears to be from fans of Julie Kagawa’s other series. I’ve never read anything else by her thoug
Apr 13, 2017 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and the characters were likeable. It was predictable but still enjoyable. I will continue on in the series for sure.

Fun and easy read that was amusing and lighthearted.
Maria (highinthebooksky)
Feb 24, 2014 Maria (highinthebooksky) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Talon is my third dragon book , the other two are eon and firelight and while I loved eon/eona I HATED firelight ! Sooo I had mixed feelings with Talon because the description really reminded me of Firelight ... but boy was I wrong was SO much better !!!

Talon is about Ember a drongongirl trained to infiltrate human society.And while she and her brother want to live their teen experience and enjoy their last free summer without Talon ( the secret dragon organisation) getting in the way she
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Jul 28, 2014 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy-all

I thought this book was really good! I love dragons and the thought of dragon shapeshifters, so to speak, really got me stoked for this series.

I wasn't impressed with Ember's brother Dante, I really wished he could have been more like Ember, although she was a bit careless at times. I think you have to have the good cop / bad cop thing going on to create this particular story though. And it's not that Dante was bad, he just wanted to believe Talon and what th
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