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Publisher's Summary

In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

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 becomestrong 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.

©2014 Julie Kagawa (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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OK book for teenage girl but not for me.

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OK book for teenage girl but not an adult. It\s nore a mushy love story than a syFy book. I wanted a book about dragons not a lovesick girl.

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Angsty teenage fluff

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I thought that the reader did a fine job. Nothing outstanding, but it was a decent performance. The story however, was severely lacking. It was very much just teenage angst. It was all about a teenage girl who doesn't communicate with her guardians, so she thinks the world is against her. As a result she falls in love in a cliche Romeo and Juliet scenario. The main character is different from those around her, which is always true of a main character, but they never explain why. The entire book is just her whining about how everybody hates her and her life so hard. Then the book ends. Huge disappointment.

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Unrealistic premise. No, not the dragon part

The basis of the story- sending an elite soldier, a proven, tested, battle forged killer, on an undercover assignment to seduce a girl; of which he has no training for , or life experience to support is just stupid. No organization would do that. It sours the story.

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  • Kr
  • 06-23-16

Far Fetched, Cheesy, Cliche

I have a high tolerance for bad YA Lit. I've stomached my fair share of stories about vampires, fallen angels and random fantasy characters.

But now dragons? Really? This plot was silk-thin.

The characters were one-dimensional. The world-building was sparse. The story was predictable. I couldn't finish this book and I don't care what happens next in the series.

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Ok at best

What did you like best about Talon? What did you like least?

Their is no best, the hole story is ok.
And this is what's ok: it's about a young woman in her late teens. She is a dragon hiding in human form, learning how to be human. Verry little is magical, It's mostly mundane life events. It's like a soap opera, with a small touch of magic.

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The mondane story is just a bit to drawn out & over described for me. If the pace was just a bit less drawn out & their was more magical things, this could of been a real good book.

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Formulaic

Spoiler Alert: It was a rehash of twilight. Instead of vampires there are dragons. Instead of werewolves there are dragon hunters. Instead of a human being torn between supernatural lovers there is a supernatural girl torn between her dragon half and her human half; each half having it's corresponding lover. People have to make a buck so I get it but creativity did not drive this project. Profits did.

I didn't like the romantic crap at all because I'm an adult male, but the story was semi interesting, even if it was a retread.

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Shh, you're talking too loud

The book is entirely ruined by the performance of Garrett. A 17 year old boy, he starts out sounding like a 50 year old grizzled soldier. I get it, he's supposed to have been through a lot at his age, but they went too far. Until he lands in the sunny beach town and just decides to whisper everything. Seriously, we had the volume up as high as it goes, and we could barely pay attention to anything he was saying. It made for a terrible listening experience and we started skipping his chapters.
The girl who plays Ember on the other hand is great, but it's not enough to save this production. Read this one instead.

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Good Lord

Good Lord this is a long and drawn out book. Had potential, but was way too freaken long!!

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good idea, poorly written

the book had some intresting ideas, but the writer should have taken a writing course and also its a lot of Mary Sue charachters. she also tries to write them so they have some flaws but does not use them. Minor spoiler :
ember tells the reader she does not fit in. ember however from everything she does fits perfectly in.

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Talon...More like teen romance

Talon was OK, however I think it's more suitable as teen romance fiction. I wish now that I hadn't downloaded the series all at once...lost those credits, I'll pay closers attention next time

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-21

It got worse with time - Spoilers!

I really struggled with this one. Like many others I was intrigued by one of our all time favorite fantasy myths: dragons.

Reluctantly I gave in to reading the book even after I'd realized it would be on the younger side of YA, and that of course, there would be a love triangle.

I was fine with it, expecting it to not be the best book ever. However, it turned out to be a lot worse than I thought.
Let's start out with what I liked:
The setting was good, very limited and not very described really, but you got the gist of approximately where in the world they were.
It has dragons in it, sort of.

Then let's see what I didn't like:
The love triangle turned out exactly as you would think.
The main character was extremely whiny for no apparent reason other than that she who supposedly was around 50 years old, was still a teenager in human years. There was nothing likeable about her for me. She was a spoiled brat that didn't understand the easiest things. During her first training she didn't understand why the "evil" lady made her carry things fast, it took her far too long to understand, and in the maze, she didn't even think about jumping up on the crates until hours had gone by. She's a dragon. With wings. She could've flown up. There was a lot with her that just bothered me.
Instant love in the love triangle. Not a fan of this execution.
There were some things I never understood completely. Teenage humans that were dragons aged slowly, so 50 years was basically 16, yet the main character and her incredibly predictable brother, both constanly complained about only being 16, but weren't they 50? Never really understood that part.
Nothing is explained about the dragons, were they come from, what it looks like there, where it is located, no information at all.
My absolute favorite part of the ones I didn't like though, is how the dragon part is addressed. Instead of the main character being an actual dragon, she just wants to be human, and everyone that is a dragon treats the dragon side of themselves more as a weredragon thing than them being the dragon. They talk about "my dragon roared inside me" instead of "I roared inside", as if it's just some part of them instead of they themselves.

Welp, I'll recommend it for an easy read for younger teenagers, maybe even just for tweens.
Not recommended for dragon lovers or action lovers.

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  • BRYANT
  • 05-04-21

My favourite series

I do love these books so much this is my third time going through them

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  • Ameworsey
  • 04-18-16

awesomeness

I have loved listening to this. It's not my usual go to genre but I would recommend. my only think is I tend the think if the people as being older than they are. can't think of them as teenagers. ....

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  • Nadia
  • 11-08-14

Could have been better

What did you like most about Talon?

It had three good strong sentral characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garret. I have a soft spot for the quiet, brooding type.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The two men in particular really brought the male perspectives across well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was emotional as all books of this genre are, but my main feeling was frustration because it was obvious how the story would go.

Any additional comments?

Julie Kagawa is a good writer. I discovered that when I read her Iron Fae series, which insidentally, I hope Audible gets soon. But it seems she's another Author who can't break away from the formula established by Stephanie Meyer of one girl being torn between two guys. If that doesn't bother you, then this book is great. For my part, much as I enjoyed it, I live for the day when Authors of this genre will do something original. Although I'll read the next book and probably enjoy it, it's depressing when you can already predict the story.

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  • Jacquelyn
  • 09-19-21

12hrs 22mins of teen droning, 10mins of action

Pretty much every chapter was 90% repeating the same empty headed confusion while the main characters internally debate if dragon can have feelings and grappling with their shock of being attracted to someone. The other 10% was made up of the incredibly slow moving plot line of 'I went surfing', 'I had a smoothie with friends', 'some grumpy adults tried to train me to be a soldier'.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm usually quite a fan of teen/YA fantasy/romance series. I devoured the Twilight series despite its poor literary style and ridiculousness. I was intrigued by the premise of Talon but somehow even with the concept of dragons living in secret among modern day humans, Kagawa just could not bring that 'x' factor that Meyer managed despite having Bella Swan as her lead.

As for the audio recording? The cast spoke mostly in monotone allowing the listener to tune out for a few minutes and not even be motivated to back track to find out what was missed.

A simple yet crucial suggestion for any multi-actor audio proaction - If there is a character from a country other than that of the cast, please agree on the region and type of accent that character needs. Wes's accent swing dramatically from quasi-Australian-possibly-trying-for-Michael-Caine to Upper-class-British-private-academy between chapters and even within chapters is on shaky ground.

I kept listening only in the hope that a some point I would find the hook to want to experience the rest of the series. Unfortunately, I've finished the book and am still waiting....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

5 star

This series deserves nothing less then 5 stars. After finishing the series (5 books) for the second time I am devastated its come to an end. Id admit the first book is a little slow, but only because the context, detail and emotions are crucial and you’ll feel like one of the characters later on. The narrators have also done a fantastic job! If you aren’t prepared to read the whole series, don’t waste your time reading Talon alone.

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  • Paul irving
  • 09-06-17

Rubbish

Normally I wont give a bad review, but this is a shocker! Dont waste your money or time.

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