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.Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Also by this author: The Iron King, The Forever Song, Talon, Soldier
Series: Talon #2
Also in this series: Talon, Soldier
Published by Harlequin on May 1st 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Animals, Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
Rogue is Julie Kagawa’s heart pounding sequel to Talon, her dragon fantasy book. If you like Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series, I can practically guarantee that you will enjoy Kagawa’s Talon Saga. These books are the story of dragons who can Shift into human form and walk among us. Talon is the name of the overarching dragon organization that controls the species with the mantra do not reveal yourselves, the humans must not know.
At the heart of Kagawa’s Rogue is Ember, a teenage girl with flaming hair and a rebellious streak. Rogue is the story of what happens when Ember escapes the clutches of Talon and is on the run with Riley, the motorcycle guy from the first book, Wes, his hacker sidekick, and Garret, the human soldier who defied his superiors at the Order of St George which is charged with driving the dragons to extinction. This story takes us to Vegas where Ember and the gang try to connect with some hatchlings while also running from Talon and St. George. Essentially they are living a war on two fronts and let’s just say that Kagawa does not skimp on action.
If you like your young adult fiction love triangles action packed and filled with desire and longing, you have come to the right place with the Talon saga. There’s enough teen angst to fuel the story here. Kagawa writes it in a way that is not irritating, but compelling. At this point, I don’t know who I want to end up with Ember. What I do know is that I find both Riley and Garret fascinating. I find them to be well drawn characters and romantic leads.
It probably helps that the chapters alternate between Ember, Garret, Riley and occasionally Dante. I felt like I really got to know the various characters and motivations. It also helped to move the pace of the story along. Just as the action started to fall, we would move on to another character and get the scoop and more pulse racing sequences.
If you are a fan of Talon and Julie Kagawa, you absolutely need to put Rogue in your shopping cart.