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MP!er Isra shares her thoughts over the dystopian ‘Talon Saga’ by Julie Kagawa


MP!er Isra had to immediately grab ‘Rogue’ after the unexpected ending of ‘Talon’. What happened in the dystopian saga written by Julie Kagawa? You need to read it to find out…

Name: Isra
Age: 16
Favourite song at the moment: ‘Believe’ – Mumford and Sons

Which book in the series did you read? 
I have read ‘Talon’ and have started ‘Rogue’.

Describe the plot of ‘Talon’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
Talon is a dystopian fantasy novel based on the life of teenage dragon – hatchling, Ember Hill. Ember isn’t an ordinary dragon, and she can disguise as a human. This is crucial in protecting herself from the Order of St George who are set on destroying the dragons of talon. The story centres itself on Ember’s struggle to conform to her society and its rule and her desire to want to be free and enjoy life as a human.

Without giving anything away, does the ending make you want to read the next in the series?
The ending is unexpected and left me immediately grabbing the next book in the series, ‘Rogue’. It’s Kagawa’s writing, it’s brilliantly written and keeps you enthralled in the book.

Talon book cover

What genre would you class the book as?
I would definitely class the ‘Talon’ book series a fantasy young adult novel with hints of the dystopian genre with the leading character Ember being quite a dominant heroine.

What was the best bit?
The best part of ‘Talon’ for me is the fact that she was a dragon. I haven’t read much of the fantasy genre outside of ‘Harry Potter’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and so it was refreshing to read a series about teenage dragons and it wasn’t what I expected.

Anything you didn’t like?
For me, I gotta say I wasn’t too keen on the love triangle situation. I have read too many YA novels and series that I have them and it seemed too cliché for a series as good as the ‘Talon’ series to include a love triangle when I don’t think it added much to the plot.

Would you recommend the ‘Talon’ to your friends?
I would definitely recommended the ‘Talon’ series to my friends, it is written well and has a a good plot and so I think that that ‘Talon’ would be a book that everyone can read.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I think that ‘Talon’ is pretty much gender neutral and asides from the love triangle, the plot is one that both genders can read and enjoy.

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