The final book in the Talon Saga was kinda of a disappointment in the sense that I didn’t really love it only liked it. It took a really long time to get going and for the final book the lack of urgency was a strange. The characters kept telling each other about how the end is coming soon but really didn’t seem to be in much of a hurry to prepare for it until they had no choice to and then things Finally got going. But damn, we had to go through a lot of things to get there. There was the unnecessary trip to Brazil to meet an ancient dragon that was never mentioned before and there was another trip to Asia for the that we all knew how it would end up. There were past mentioned characters showing up and taking up time for no reason but fit in one more heroic arc? I don’t know. The finale however was worth it though. The final battle between the Rogues, St. George and Talon made up the lackluster beginning. It had drama, suspense and melodrama all wrapped into one. I appreciate the theme of the series being that even though we may be different, what we all want out of life is the same. We want to live in peace and have freedom of choice. And authoritative governments are bad. The best way to bring down an oppressive regime is to overcome our differences and work together and learn from each other. I very important message for today. That’s what you should take away from this series in the end. I just wished the last book wasn’t so bogged down in so many side trips.
The final battle is coming between Talon and Ember, Riley and Garrett. Will our heroes prevail or will dragons take over the world? Let’s find out.
**I was granted a digital ARC of this book and read it a month ago. Thank you Harlequin Teen for the advance**
Four books in and we finally learn what makes Ember so darn special and it’s creepy. I won’t spoil it but let’s just say I look forward to seeing the leader of Talon being taken down. She’s a real piece of work. I also think she’s another argument as to why immortality or really Really long life spans are not a good idea. It makes people do some really crazy insane things. Anyways, fans of this series will be happy with this installment. It picks up right where the cliffhanger ending of Soldier ended. The stakes are higher now that the truth of the Order of St. George and Talon have been exposed. The Order is complete disarray but Talon has a secret that we as readers know about but the characters don’t. So while, it was a good idea at the time to expose the leader of the Order, it also played right into Talon’s hands. Talon has become the real big bad of the series. The Order, while not at all innocent, has been played just as much as everyone else. Their own prejudices and inability or willingness to try to think differently was their ultimate undoing. As for our heroes. They all do some growing up. Constant near death experiences will do that to you. The biggest lesson they have learned is if they are going to defeat Talon, they are going to have to work together and reach out to new allies, even if that means reaching out to old enemies too. I believe there is only one more book left which is good because the ending really seems to have set up a potentially epic final battle between our heroes and Talon. It’s been a fun ride. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
I think this was the best book of the series so far. The world and the characters are now well established so we can get on with the conflict of the story. When we last left off, Garret left after hoping that Ember would tell him to stay. Ember was too raw from the fight with her brother and her dragon side feelings for Riley to say what she truly felt and let him go. They both understood that they are two different species so it probably wouldn’t work out. That’s how they justified it at least. Garret has gone to London where St. George is headquarters to get answers to if the order knows that their are good dragons, while Ember and Riley try to track down who is leaking information on his safe houses. Garret soon finds information that St. George and Talon have been working together and have set a trap for Ember and Riley so off he goes to rescue her. Meanwhile, Ember’s twin brother Dante gets promoted to a secret project that we won’t know it’s true purpose until the next book but it’s definitely not good. Even though he is all in with Talon, he is having some reservations about what he is doing but not enough to stop him from doing what he is told at all cost. So the stakes are much higher. Both Talon and St. George are after them and only if they can work together to break up the alliance. Ember is starting to come into her potential about how powerful she can be but in doing so she finds that what she has to do to survive is not always easy to live with. Killing is never easy. Garret knows that St. George is corrupt but it doesn’t make going against his former order and brothers any easier. Also Riley has been shut down for so long that it’s hard for him to open up to Ember. This book was far more action packed then previous book with a pretty big cliffhanger. One can only hope that everyone gets out alive or at least get a Jon Snow treatment.
I finished The Raven King and as I process it I need to move on to something else. So Dragons seem like the perfect transition.
My to-read pile is going to get a little bit of work out in the next couple of weeks. Not only is the The Raven King finally coming (just in case you haven’t heard) but several other books I’ve been waiting to read are also coming out. Apparently May 3 is the day to release books with four books on my list. It’s also the time for series to end with The Raven Cycle, The 5th Wave, The Selection, and the Taking series are all coming into their conclusions. It’s strange how so many of my series are ending this year but I guess that’s just the way it worked out. This is all great but I wish they all were spaced out a little bit. I can only read so much at a time.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Soldier (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa
The Hidden Oracle (The Trails of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Invision (The Chronicles of Nick #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
The Countdown (The Taking #3) by Kimberley Derting
The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
I obviously have a lot of reading to do. What are you looking forward to reading in the upcoming weeks?
This year it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 books as there were so many books I really loved this year. So to narrow it down, I had to ask myself which ones was I still thinking about even after I started reading the next book? Those are ones I choose for the list. (These are really in no particular order
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – This book I really wish I read when I was a teenager as so many of the messages I could have really used. You would almost think that a book about teenage beauty queens stuck on a desert island would be caricatures but they weren’t. They were very like girls I know or were me. I could pretty much identify with all of their struggles. Plus it was a lot of fun.
- Winter by Marissa Meyer -I am really going to miss this series so much. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter made me laugh, cheer, angry ( on their behalf) and proud of all of them. Winter was by far the longest book of the series and it was non-stop action. There wasn’t any filler or time to relax. It was the perfect ending.
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – A little bit Harry Potter and a little bit of fanfiction. It was a great final book to an imaginary series. I was surprised by many of the twists and turns and touched by the romance.
- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – I loved the first book in the series and so I was nervous this one wasn’t going to be as good. It was better. Now my only complaint is that she doesn’t write fast enough.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – It was fun, tense and very interesting. I thought I knew where things were going and then I didn’t. I’m looking forward to what lays in store in the next book.
- Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – This wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. It was surprising. It was fresh. It had the sassiest A.I. in the history of A.I.’s. For that reason alone, you all should read it.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – It was sorta historical fiction with a dystopian vibe and boy did it work. It was brutal and it was tense but entertaining.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – This was very much an Ocean 11’s style caper with a little bit of a magic and darkness in only the way that Leigh Bardugo could do it. It’s set in the same world but after the events of her last series but a completely different vibe.
- The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson – This is the third book in the series so the stakes are so much higher and it didn’t disappoint. It’s full of humor, action and ghosts. What else can I say.
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu – This is the second book in the series that tells the story from the villainess point of view (though I’m not convinced that Adelina is the real villain but whatever) It was intense and was surprising, maybe a little problematic but worth the read.
There was two books that I enjoyed so much that I read the other books in the that were out in the series this year too. So I thought they would get their own category.
- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – For those looking for a Game of Thrones fill in until George publishes the next book, I recommend this. It was has all the twists and turns and is not afraid to kill of a character or two. I’m never really sure where it’s going to take us next but I know it will be well worth the ride.
- Talon series by Julie Kagawa – It has a little bit of everything. A Romeo and Juliet Love, a love triangle, a betrayal and yeah dragons. Who doesn’t love dragons? Ok, the idea isn’t that original but I do love it anyway.