Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday #Review - Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa #YALit #Fantasy

Series: Talon # 4
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde.

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 of St. George 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 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 conquer 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 will not yield.

Legion is the fourth installment in Julie Kagawa's Talon series. Legion literally picks up where Soldier left off. When I say literally, I mean that if you remember how Soldier ended, then you know how this story begins. Things look extremely bleak for one of our heroes. He's defeated the sanctimonious Patriarch of St. George in a showdown, but suffered a horrifying injury in the process. Ember and her allies tried hard to break the alliance that was revealed between Talon and St. George's. 

An alliance that has seen St. George targeting mostly Rogue dragons like Riley's group at the behest of Talon. Talon sees the current climate as the perfect opportunity to pound its chests, destroy all its enemies in one fell swoop, & rule the world unchallenged by anyone. Things really come to light in this story. From Riley having to not only save someone he's really not a fan of, but also trying to save his remaining Rogues from Talon. 

Then there is Dante who continues to annoy, and bemuse me. Dante is still a scheming, ass kisser who believes that Ember is making a fatal mistake by staying with Riley, who is a Rogue Dragon, and Garrett, who is a former member of the St. George. Dante believes in his actions. He believes in Talon. He believes he is the heir apparent to the Elder Wyrm and has a future he believes will happen regardless of what happens to Ember. One can only hope that Dante sees the light of day before he ends up as a casualty in the Talon v everyone else war.

In the meantime, Ember takes a huge step out of Riley and Garrett's shadow, and becomes her own dragon. Ember must finally make a choice that will satisfy the two halves of her soul. Dragon and Human. Whether or not this choice actually sticks, will remain to be seen. She also has to take a huge step forward and become the leader that I've been hoping for. It's time to take chances. Time to make unheard of alliances. And, finally, making Talon know that she's not a pushover, and will fight them until her dying breath, if necessary. That includes her brother who she still loves, but knows he can't be reasoned with.

I will say that I am not a fan of any sort of love triangle. Authors like Kagawa, however, have a tendency of adding them to her storylines either to torture the readers, or because she, herself, hasn't made the final choice her characters. You know what Kagawa does really well? Action scenes. The scenes in this book were bloody amazing and dark. Those are the kind of things I love to see in novels that feature Dragons, Rogues, and the things that Talon has created to fight their wars for them. 

I loved Jade, the Chinese Eastern Dragon. She has made a strong presence in this story since her arrival thankfully for Ember and her allies. Legion doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger ending per se, but it is apparent that whatever happens from this point in the series, will bleed over into the final novel called Inferno. Everything now hinges on Ember's choices and whether or not she can find a way to survive Talon's machinations. 

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