Talon #3. Author: Julie Kagawa.
The price of freedom is everything.
When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.
As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rise. (Goodreads summary)
Feels like this series has gone downhill. Talon was a fun action-romance with a twist, and it worked well that way. But now Julie Kagawa is combining dystopia with romance, and as so often, it doesn’t work. Ember is agonizing over her love-triangle choice while she ought to be thinking about her plans, her loyalties, her brother. One or the other – dystopia or romance – would make a great story, but in combining the two something went wrong.
Sexual content: Strong physical attraction between two dragons. Organization is forcing female dragons to mate and lay eggs, to provide more soldiers. Some intense kissing.
Language: 45 d***, 23 bloody, 23 derogatory terms, 20 hell, 12 scatological terms
Violence: Sniper shoots a man in the head. Character is knocked out by a blow to the head. One fistfight. Two “programmed vessels” (mindcontrolled clones?) spar each other, and when they’re not ordered to stop it continues until one is dead. Brief hand to hand fight between soldiers. Two soldiers burned. Multiple soldiers shot, and killed by dragonfire. One swordfight.