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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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373211395
Branch Call Number: TF Fantasy Kaga
Characteristics: 461 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 01, 2019

Julie Kagawa's books were my favorite in high school so I knew I wanted to read this series, but I have pushed it off until the series was fully written (so I could binge them all). I will admit it was a risk- the style of reading I thoroughly enjoyed in high school has since subtly changed. So I was very excited to realize that, even though I started this book with reservations, I was quickly and deeply wrapped up in this story and the well-being of these characters. I had a hard time putting it down, it was just so relaxingly page-turning that I was spending hours with this book without realizing it. It was great!
With a book on shape-shifting dragons, I was expecting some cheesy high school drama intensity, and while there was a little of that, it was WAY less than I expected and I found myself truly rooting for Ember. I'm very excited for the rest of this series, to see just where it will lead.

Nov 26, 2018

I think it was a great book and series for that matter. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good bit of suspense and feeling in their books.

May 12, 2018

This book was hard to get through. Multiple times I almost gave up and stopped reading it. A few issues I had were for starters her name. She was supposed to be blending in with the humans and they chose the name Ember. Might as well have called her Scaly Fire Breather. Then there is the part where she refuses to make out with some random perv, he smacks her in the face, knocking her down in the dirt and when she has the opportunity she "marches up and kicks him where the sun didn't shine." Here is the best part, she says to him "That's for stealing my first kiss." Really????? It wasn't for ummmm, I don't know, maybe smacking you in the face and knocking you into the dirt??? Apparently that was ok. She was just mad he "stole" her first kiss. Then, there is this character Riley who calls Ember Firebrand, instead of actually using her name. It was ok at first...then it became way too much and super annoying. The story did have some interesting parts to it, just expect to roll your eyes a few times while trying to get through it.

Nov 13, 2016

This is solidly YA (meaning, kids 12ish to 20ish will enjoy this more than adults, I think). It's not a bad book, it's just filled with tropes I dislike, like love triangles and predictable betrayals. And very flat characters. The whole plot felt called in and the characters didn't feel genuine.

I like the concept that dragons walk about us, and the Order of St. George are timeless dragon hunters. But I didn't like that Ember's entire stance ("the dragon inside me") is so obviously human, even though she's supposed to be a dragon. I get that she was trained to blend in with humans, but when she refers to her real self as human, constantly....it just would've worked better if either Kagawa could've made her a bit more alien, or created a plot device where Ember was raised human and then discovered she was a dragon or something.

Also, the villains are very flat and Snidely Whiplash/Bond villain. And Dante was practically nonexistent as far as existing as other than a plot device.

On the plus side, the surfing stuff was a nifty detail I don't often see.

I don't actually recommend this one, unless you love dragons more than you love complex plot and developed characters. I won't be continuing the series. Do Kagawa's books get better? I hope so, because I've heard a lot about them. I also think I may need to step back from YA next month, because I'm getting seasick swinging between juvenile YA and phenomenal YA.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jun 19, 2016

If dragons are your thing, this is what you want to read. Surfing, dragons, Knights of St George, what cant be liked about this book?

Jun 12, 2016

This book was incredible! It completely got me hooked. READ IT!!!!

Mar 22, 2016

The book was pretty amazing. A large stretch from the usual genre that I usually read, but I have been told many times that it is good for me to expand my book choices. Lucky for me, I finished the book in a library, and right after I finished the book, I found the sequel there, untouched and waiting for me to pick it up and continue reading.

PimaLib_IngridT Jun 05, 2015

I opened wide the front and back cover and never had a cover enthrall me so much. The story was lots of fun to too!

May 14, 2015

I found this a disappointing follow up to the Blood of Eden series. Blood of Eden was gritty where this one is much more teen romance with two hot guys shtick.

Mar 21, 2015


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Jun 17, 2016

Clothes I could understand; shoes seemed to be the humans' equivalent of shiny things and treasure. Maybe they hoarded boots like we did gemstones.

Nov 03, 2014

"There are a dozen 'St. George soldiers' hiding in that maze," she continued, smiling down at me. "All hunting you. All looking to kill you. Welcome to phase two of your training, hatchling."


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