Talon #4. Author: Julie Kagawa.
Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.
In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.
Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.
Just a fluff-fantasy read because I hate not-finishing series. Simultaneously aggravated and delighted that Kagawa brought one of the characters ‘back from the dead’ (really just a misleading ending on the previous book). Such deceptions are always annoying, but I continue to maintain that killing off half a love triangle is no way to resolve it. At least Ember finally chose one and turned the other down – kudos to her! Beyond that – Legion is straight up action-fantasy (w’ romance) with the usual half-explained characters, unnecessary explosions, and ever-building consequences to the confusing plot.
Sexual Content: Multiple instances of kissing, both brief cases and heavy, descriptive kissing. Woman distracting a guard pretends to be drunk – wandering down the hall wearing only a towel – and then very briefly drops the towel.
Language: 43 d***, 40 hell, 31 scatological terms, 23 derogatory terms, 14 ‘bloody’
Violence: Rough in-the-field blood transfusion. Characters see charred houses and burned bodies. Character knocks guards unconscious. Human tasers a dragon. Attacks dragons with a flash-bomb, temporarily blinding them. Claw-to-claw dragon fighting, fairly intense and bloody. Character shoots guards dead. Characters are tied up in preparation for torture and interrogation – the POV shifts to a different scene, then comes back to the aftermath of torture: the 2 characters are bruised and bleeding, with at least one case of broken ribs. There is another full-on battle with soldiers + dragons against clones, multiple explosions, and at one point wounded clones (rather then being allowed to retreat) are ordered to fly into the soldiers’ tower.