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Talon (The Talon Saga) Hardcover – October 28, 2014

4.3 out of 5 stars 384 ratings
Book 1 of 5: The Talon Saga

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In this fantasy set in present-day California, Ember and her twin, Dante, are sent to live with guardians in a beach town for the summer. It's supposed to be their last period of free time before they start training for their life's work. Ember and Dante are dragons, and Talon is the government agency that assigns their work, educates them, and makes sure they blend in well with their surroundings and fellow humans. Talon has an ancient enemy in St. George, a militia whose sole purpose is to seek and destroy all dragons. When Garrett, one of St. George's most promising soldiers, is sent to find a sleeper dragon in the same small beach town, he and Ember cross paths. With a rogue dragon as a catalyst, the two must sort through the truths they thought they knew about each other's sides—their lives depend on it. Ember is a strong-willed heroine who isn't afraid to take risks and questions the motives of those who run Talon. Her twin brother is much the opposite. The story is told in two parts, the first offering alternating perspectives from Garrett and Ember. The second includes the rogue dragon, which feels unnecessary and distracting. This modern-day fantasy with a splash of romance is an entertaining read. Kagawa weaves an evenly paced narrative with a strong theme of loyalty. Readers who have outgrown Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Knopf, 2003) and those who appreciate a good old-fashioned love triangle will enjoy this first installment of the saga.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL


"Kagawa...uses alternating points of view...to good effect, weaving a dance of adolescent desire. It's a strong, promising start to the Talon Saga." -Publishers Weekly

"This modern-day fantasy with a splash of romance is an entertaining read. Kagawa weaves an evenly paced narrative with a strong theme of loyalty." -School Library Journal

"The militarized conflict between Talon and St. George provides plenty of excitement...and Kagawa knows just how to end a first volume for maximum cliff-hanger drama." -Booklist

"Kagawa's fine storytelling elevates this novel within the crowded field of fantasy romance. The first in a new series, Talon leaves readers perfectly balanced between satisfaction and anticipation." -BookPage

"A believable, exciting world...readers will swoon." -RT Book Reviews

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : 820L
  • Grade Level : 10 - 12
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 464 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0373211395
  • ISBN-10 : 0373211392
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.42 x 8.52 inches
  • Reading level : 14 and up
  • Publisher : Harlequin Teen; Original Edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 384 ratings