Released : 15th January 2015
Publisher: Harlequin (UK) , MIRA Inc
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.
I usually don’t read about Dragons as it has never appealed to me. They are just massive creatures that destroy stuff although the synopsis for this one held my interest.
The book is about Talon, an organisation of dragons, they monitor their kind ensuring their survival in the everyday world. These Dragons who exist in the everyday world, they are cunning and believe humans are a lower life form, but they cannot attack the humans as humans have the advantage of numbers and so to survive they assimilate and blend into the crowd. Then there is St George’s order, they believe the dragons are demonic creatures and must be killed at all costs.
The story is told from the point of view of 3 characters. Ember a young dragon or hatchling as she is called, she has a twin brother Dante and they are being rained by Talon. They have just turned 16 and are now about to join the human race to blend in and learn more about humans. Garret, he is 17 and a soldier for the St George’s order, all he knows is the order and would serve them with his life. Riley, a rogue dragon that managed to escape Talon and is on the run. The order get word that Talon has new dragons they want to put into the human society so they send Garret and his partner to find out who it is and get rid of them. Garret then meets Ember who for him is beautiful, daring and adventurous. Something he has never experienced. And with time their feels grow and soon Ember has to choose. Will she choose her brother Dante, Garret who has been sent by the order or will she escape with Riley and become rogue?
I really loved this book even though I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started it. I found myself drawn to the characters and the story line. I so badly wanted Ember and Garret to end up together. The writing style was quite fluid, I found the story very easy to follow although in some parts I felt it dragged on for a bit too long. I loved the fact that the story is told form 3 different perspectives, that allows you to have a well rounded view of the story.
My favorite character in the book by far is Ember. I know its cliché but you just have to love her. Her fiery personality and character made her fun to read. She was quite daring but also a bit annoying but then again she is just 16.
I decided I would try and find a fun soundtrack for books I read, this one I would recommend “Out of the Black” by Royal blood, especially moments when Ember is ridding on the back of Riley’s motor cycle or when Ember is riding the waves with Garret.