I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Talon by Julie Kagawa
Published by Blackstone Audio on 10/28/14
Genres: Dragons, fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours and 32 minutes
Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Chris Patton, MacLeod Andrews
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Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure
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 become strong 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."
I’m a big fan of Julie Kagaway. I absolutely loved her Blood of Eden series, and I was stoked when I found out she would be writing a dragon series. I absolutely love dragons, and I definitely enjoyed her take on them.
Ember is a naive girl, and even though she does things she probably shouldn’t she’s a very likeable character. Her brother kind of annoyed me. He’s supposed to be supportive of her and there are many times where he just looks the other way. There is a love triangle, but I think it works well. There’s Riley, the all around bad boy. He’s screams danger and is incredibly enticing. I also really liked Garrett. He seems to start learning to enjoy the mundane when he meets Ember.
There are awful instructors, battles, and feels (all kinds of those). I was never bored throughout the book. I liked learning new bits and pieces of the characters, and the Talon organization. They are pretty intense. All around, I enjoyed this book.
Now on to the narrators…
I loved all of the narrators in this book. I haven’t listened to anything with any of these narrators, but I definitely plan on adding their voices to my playlist. The transition was smooth, and I felt like they embodied the characters well. I think I’ve become an instant MacLeod Andrews fan. His voice is soothing to listen to.
I did like that the guys doing girls voices flowed well. They didn’t go all high pitch. They just changed their voices some. And the pitches of the supporting characters was pretty much the same all the way across. They each put the same inflections in the characters voices. I think the fact that the book was narrated by three different people of the each point of view is something that helped the story stay steady. I’m not sure how well it would have read with one person doing all the views. Each narrator also did a good job with expressing the emotions the character was feeling. It’s something that can be hard when listening, but they did a fantastic job.
There wasn’t any background noise, and you couldn’t hear breaths or certain letters pop. That is something I always love when it comes to audiobooks. Overall, I think the narrators did an amazing job, and they really pulled me into the story.
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