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MP!er Daniel reviews ‘Talon’ by Julie Kagawa, the first fantemporary book from the ‘Talon Saga’


MP!er Daniel aka The Blogger’s Bookshop reviews Julie Kagawa’s ‘Talon’ the first book in the ‘Talon Saga’ series. Full of dragons trying to assimilate human culture!

 

Name: Daniel (The Blogger’s Bookshop)
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Age: 22
Favourite song at the moment: I Can Talk by Two Door Cinema Club – I’ve had this song on repeat for the past few hours.
What book in the series did you read?
‘Talon’, but I’m starting ‘Rogue’ soon!

Describe the plot of Talon in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
A dragon trying to assimilate human culture and enjoy a summer of freedom. A rogue will soon challenge everything she knows about her life. Thats roughly 140 characters right?

If you read ‘Rogue’ do you feel that you need to read the first in the series ‘Talon’ to understand it fully?
I haven’t read Rogue yet but what I can gather from the ending of ‘Talon’, it would suggest that you’d need the knowledge of the first book to know what leads them to the scenario at the beginning of book two.
Talon book cover

Without giving anything away, does the ending make you want to read the next in the series?
Oh definitely, the ending is the most action packed part, it leaves it on well – not a cliffhanger per say but it definitely sets up the premise. Oh and that epilogue? You can tell the next book is going to be pretty intense.

What genre would you class the book as? A mix between fantasy and contemporary? Fantempory? Yes, lets go with that!

What was the best bit?
Oh this is a difficult question! I’d say the best bits were probably where our main protagonist was trying to assimilate into human culture – especially some of the scenes with Garrett. I’m talking about the surfing lessons and the arcade scenes, they were beautiful.

Anything you didn’t like?
I think one of the characters came across a bit too overbearing and slightly creepy. Their desire of wanting another character was just too much and made me a tad uncomfortable. Some of the decisions Ember made around him seemed very unnatural, as if she should have been more wary and questioned him more than she did.

Would you recommend the Talon Saga to your friends?
Oh definitely! It’s a fantastic book with gripping scenes, developed characters and a great set up for the rest of the series. I look forward to reading ‘Rogue’!

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I would have to say girls more at the minute. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved it but there’s definitely more of a focus on the contemporary romance elements than there are action scenes, besides Ember’s training and the ending scenes of course.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
I’ve seen lots of negative reviews about this book because of its focus on the contemporary side but I urge readers to stick out with it, it really does become more than just that. For a 5 book series I can only assume the massive action sequences are to come and this is just the very tip of the iceberg. I’m sure this is a fantasy series that will definitely be on everyone’s radar in the near future!

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