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Talon the Black

(The Dragonwall Saga #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  107 reviews
What would you do if a dragon fell from the sky? Claire Evans is a small-towner from Indiana faced with this exact situation. When a dragon crash-lands in her corn field, she goes gallivanting off to find it.

This incident triggers a chain of events that sweep our heroine into a complicated plot to destroy a kingdom. At the heart of it is a powerful sorcerer whose only desi
Kindle Edition, 1, 715 pages
Published February 28th 2019
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Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I heard “dragons” and came running. And then I DNFed it.

By the looks of it, I’m the only one who didn’t like this book. Seeing the reviews I'm tempted to give it another chance some other time. It’s not entirely that I didn’t like it, but I just couldn’t get into it .

This story begins in Indiana, where 22 year-old Claire is driving back home at 3am and, to her utter astonishment, sees a dragon fall from the sky and pretty much land in her backyard (which happens to be a corn field). When
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I read this because my sister had recommend it to me, and I love her dearly, but this wasn’t my favorite. Let me give you a quote that accurately describes my experience.

“Where was her plot? What was her purpose? Which path was she supposed to follow?”

I MEAN SAME GIRL. The MAIN CHARACTER, Claire said this. And that is the epitome of this story. Take out about 300 pages (no really, this massive thing is 700ish) and THEN we would’ve had a pretty decent book
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I spotted the book I was drawn, the dark cover filled with dragon scales and its sheer size were both intimidating and captivating. As I read, I was fascinated by the authors eloquence, the writing is descriptive and beautiful.

The story is told in third person, from the point of view of various characters spread out throughout the world of Dragonwall. It mainly focused on Claire and Talon's point of view, which carried the main plot-line, however all characters storylines were intert
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like dragon stories, you will like this one. From the moment Claire finds a dragon in her cornfield, her life is not only turned upside down, it is also turned inside out. She goes from farm girl to accused murderer to prisoner to servant and more. It becomes more than just an adventure of a lifetime.

Talon is the King of Dragonwall. With all the troubles he has with pirates and wild dragons and goblins, he must deal with his unruly Court. Besides dealing with their petty demands, he find
Lucy Selph
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on Wattpad in my quest for quality dragon-related material, and I wasn't disappointed. When the story opens, you have that small moment of peace, and then the new world opens up with a bang. A dragon falls from the sky, and suddenly you can't put the book down because if you did you would have to leave the story.
Claire is an amazing character, as are the rest of her friends, and I am so happy that I got to read Talon the Black. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
Lucie V.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DNF at 25%

I am seeing all the 4 stars and 5 stars reviews and I realize that the problem here is probably me. This book is not bad, and I can’t say that I disliked it, I just can’t get into it. I started it 3 weeks ago and I only read 30% of it.

It all starts in Indiana, in the middle of the night. Claire (22 years old, normal woman) sees a dragon falling from the sky, and pretty much in the middle of her backya
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
This was an e-arc profided by netgalley for which I'm thankful.

The synopsis was very promising I mean dragons, shapshifters and a heroine... count me in!

I liked how it showed the struggels that where going one with different characters. I connected with them very easily and they felt very real to me. I mean somethimes characters are to good or too bad. But in this some showed more of a mix, they made mistakes an have to make up for it.

The only thing that i'm not sure what I feel about it is th
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An entertaining and fast paced read, really interesting and easy going , the perfectly escapism, fantasy, great characters and a good story, what’s not to like

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talon the black grabbed my attention from the first chapter, I love the pace, the story and it is just my type of fantasy. The dragons are complex, human but with also Animal instincts that really sells the story.
I also love how we have different stories going on simultaneously that is keeping it from being a single story.
All in all this is a well written book.
Ava C.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talon the Black was one of the first books that genuinely made me excited for more. Every time I saw a new chapter, I would drop everything (literally) and start to read. With every encounter between characters, it felt as if I was there beside them, listening along.

First of all, the author, Melissa, is one of the kindest people I’ve seen. Where the book first premiered, Wattpad, she responded to every comment, positive or negative, with nothing but kindness. She took criticism amazing and prais
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing new take on the dragon genre. Most Dragon-themed books use the "the last of a dying race" trope and use the basic human-rider-rebuilds-dragon-riding-order storyline, which is cool, but boring after you read it a few hundred times. This story is different in all the best ways. It takes the classic fairytale world and changes it in unexpected ways.
Melissa writes a rich world filled with magic, history, and dragons in shining armor. The main characters range from intelligent and charm
What would you do if a dragon fell from the sky? That's exactly what Claire Evans witnessed.

This is the second book that I've read of Melissa Mitchell the first being her novel debut "Blood and Ballet." That book was already my favorite so I didn't expect anything less from this book. Just when I thought I couldn't love a book as much as I love Blood and Ballet...Talon the Black came along. I fell in love with the characters, the world of Dragonwall, and the journey that Melissa takes us on in
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this on Wattpad and it is amazing the way the author makes you want to finish the book and how you can keep rereading it and never get bored considering I already read it twice or three times

This book has a way of making you want to not stop reading not to mention how you get a view of all the charecters lives ,not only the view of one character and the how when you read from each point of view it is like you are the character and you can feel what they feel

Overall this book is absolutel
Sydney Wingate
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read Talon the Black on Wattpad, and since then I’ve been there for every update and even pre-ordered Reyr the Gold. The series is amazing and is really outside of the box. I’ve read a lot of books in my life so far, and these have captured my attention better than any I’ve read. There’s nothing like a good book that sucks you in and makes you feel like you’re actually witnessing everything that’s happening. For anyone considering it, I would definitely give it a try!
I really liked this book. After reading For the Crown by the same author, I wanted this book as soon as I saw it on Netgalley. Thankfully I got it, and it put For the Crown to shame. While For the Crown really focused on romance, this book went into full epic fantasy mode. As a fantasy lover, that shift is what made me love this book.

Talon the Black follows Claire, a girl from Indiana who's life is turned upside down when a dragon falls into her backyard. After he turns into a man, he tells her
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I think you all probably know by now that I love a chunky book. 99% of the time I will choose a 500+ page book over anything under 400 pages. So when this beautiful (I mean look at the cover) thick book showed up at my apartment, I was so freaking excited! Hell, I’m still excited. Not only does Talon the Black look good on my shelf, it was a really enjoyable read as well.

My personal favorite thing about this book was the na
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Dragons! That's all it took for me to be interested in this book.

I enjoyed it I did promise. It was a fast and fun read. Does it have issues, yes, but overall it has mystery, adventure, dragons, shapeshifters, interesting heroine. And, yes, just like this review, it was a little all over the place.

Should you read it? If you don't mind a bit of confusion and plot going everywhere, it really is a fun read! I do wish there was a bit more romance involved, but hey - DRAGONS falling out of the sky!
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't Wait to Read the Next Book!

Once I started I couldn't put it down! 📓Despite the pages being 500+ pages, I think I devoured this book like a dragon devoirs a grazer,😉 in about 4 days I think (actually 6 days).

I'm glad I bought the second book so I can binge read it. But the 3rd is still on Wattpad! *Insert almost cry face* 😞😤 (Which is where I originally heard about these books)

Now to the second book!! 📒

Ugh, and I think I read somewhere that this is supposed to be a 7-book series!

Nug, my hea
Ellen (thereadingrendezvous)
I can’t pass up a book with dragons so when I saw this It was a must read! And I’m glad I read it.

I really enjoyed the first instalment of this series. The story flows well and is told from the perspective of many characters which helps paint a picture of the ‘world’ of Dragonwall.
The world building so far is impressive, the reader knows not just about the world but the history which brought it to be as well. I’m sure there will be plenty more to come in the following books!
My favourite place
Shannon Rohrer
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars, rounded up to 5.

I first had the pleasure of reading Talon the Black some years back on Wattpad, and a few times leading up to its publication. As such, getting a copy of my own was a must, and worth every cent.

The story is rich, filled with vivid worldbuilding, fascinating characters, political intrigue, and excellent plot progression. The main protagonist, Claire, is a seemingly ordinary young woman thrust into a harrowing role that, over time, she grows to accept. Her acceptance o
Literary Drunk
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The moment I stepped into Dragonwall I knew I was going to be thoroughly invested in this series.
From the second Claire wakes up to a hungry dragon man—the very same she just rescued—running naked in her yard after her mother’s chickens, the book and its characters endeared themselves to me. But of all the many colorful personalities and especially the fiercely loyal Drengr, I felt my heart constrict a little more for Talon, the scarred king of Dragonwall. Although I did want to tear my hair ou
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Talon the Black surprised me. I went in fully expecting the trope-iness of the book and embraced it, for I too share the love of Pern, Harry Potter, and other dragon books that the author describes in her acknowledgements, and the book had received many 4 and 5 star ratings. It was a shoo-in, right?

Unfortunately, that proved not the case for me, and finishing Talon the Black was one of the greatest book-reading struggles I've faced for some time. I initially DNF'd the book at around 10% before g
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I was provided a copy of this book with thanks from BooksGoSocial via Netgalley

WHAT A SURPRISE! I don't mean that in a condescending way at all.

It's just that, this book was a rollercoaster and I changed my rating a million times while reading!

"You must remember, it is only through great struggle and strife that we become who we are truly meant to be."

Okay, this book, I have so many things to say, so I shall try to be as succinct as possible and not bore you through reading this review. Let'
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
"Talon the Black" by Melissa Mitchell thrusts Claire into a fantasy world where wild dragons threaten a 50 000 year old peace.

The cover immediately drew me in and, after reading the blurb, I had to get my hands on it. Mitchell constructs a detailed world with a very long history, where the Drengr, half dragons-half humans, rule Dragonwall and protect its human citizens, while living along side goblins, dwarves, and Sprites. Mitchell's world is bigger than life and that really comes across throu
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Talon the Black" by Melissa Mitchell thrusts Claire into a fantasy world where wild dragons threaten a 50 000 year old peace.

The cover immediately drew me in and, after reading the blurb, I had to get my hands on it. Mitchell constructs a detailed world with a very long history, where the Drengr, half dragons-half humans, rule Dragonwall and protect its human citizens, while living along side goblins, dwarves, and Sprites. Mitchell's world is bigger than life and that really comes across throu
Madeleine Randall
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*Deep breath*

Like so many others, I discovered Talon the Black on Wattpad. I loved fantasy and have always had a fascination with dragons, BUT LET ME TELL YOU - this book is unlike any other fantasy book you have read. A new take on the draconic aspect of the fantasy genre.

Talon the Black has had me gripped within the magical world of Dragonwall since page one. Claire Evans is a twenty-first-century woman who ends up caught in the nefarious plan of an evil sorcerer purely by cha
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I accidentally stumbled into this book while browsing through tons of books in Wattpad.

I've gotten pretty bored with the usual things I read so I decided to try something new and I manage to find myself in the fantasy genre of the website.

The moment I saw this book for the first time I knew I was gone for. The cover, the title and the description...

I wanted to read it IMMEDIATELY but I stopped myself because it wasn't still finished. I begrudgingly closed the app just so I wouldn't get tempted a
Denice Langley
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a new series is always a wonderful gift. Melissa Mitchell has built a world where dragon shifters are the main residents and given us the beginning of a far reaching cast of characters that all have a thread to be woven through the series. The story begins with a young woman, Claire, rescuing a dragon that has fallen from the sky. He has shifted into his human form and the story is off and running. As an avid reader of fantasy books, Claire now finds herself inside a shifter ki ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy meets Real World! This book is truly a phenomenal written story of a dragon who turns into a man! He flys thru a Portal and Claire a girl who loves Fantasy and just is at odds in her life right now. Sees something land in the field and when she gets their its an injured man.

What an amazing adventure is about to take place for this young woman. She makes an Unbreakable Promise and her new world is to become this Kingdom that she only dreamed about and read about in books that she has cra
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Mrs. Mitchell is an author of young adult fantasy and paranormal romance. Her debut novel, Blood and Ballet, is a unique combination of two of her favorite things: vampires and ballet. She is currently working on a young adult epic fantasy series set in the fictional world of Dragonwall. You can purchase the first and second installments, Talon the Black and Reyr

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