JUST FINISHED: Talon by Julie Kagawa.
[Finished at ~5:15am, & 461 pages long.]
I’m not entirely sure what I expected from this book, but it certainly wasn’t what I got – in the best possible way. 🙂 I love it when I go into a book blind, and this is the result!
Talon is the story of a girl called Ember, who is a young dragon trying to assimilate into human society (dragons in this world all have human forms, though they’re apparently not all that comfortable to be in) by spending her summer at the beach and making friends, and in the process, she meets and starts to fall for a human boy called Garret.
Unfortunately, Garret is secretly a member of the Order of St. George – a group of militant dragon-hunters – and he’s only in California because he’s undercover, trying to find the “sleeper agent” that the dragon organisation Talon has placed there for assimilation (i.e. Ember).
Other characters include: Dante, Ember’s twin brother; Riley, a rogue dragon who’s broken away from Talon; Tristan, Garret’s hunting partner; a woman Ember refers to as “Scary Talon Lady”; and a small selection of Ember’s human friends.
With the exception of Ember’s friends (who were a little under-developed), all the characters in this story were really well fleshed-out and believable, and all three of the characters whose perspective we read from (Ember, Garret & Riley) were really likeable. The story was incredibly fast-paced and gripping, as well, and left off on a slight cliffhanger (which is a bit annoying, but thankfully the sequel will be out in a couple of days).
Needless to say, I will definitely be continuing on with this series. 😀
CURRENT READATHON STATUS: Just about (more like, way past) ready to crash…