30 April 2015

Bring on the Dragons: ROGUE - Review

Rogue - Talon #2
by Julie Kagawa

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What they say: Deserter. Traitor. ROGUE.

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?
Released April 28th (UK) by Harlequin UK/Mira Ink

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Amazon US * Amazon UK

I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: *Note* This review may contain potential spoilers from book one Talon.

I really enjoyed Ember's story and reading about the dragon and hunter adventures in Talon. I couldn't wait to start Rogue (book two in Julie Kagawa's Talon series) and am glad the pace and drama is kept from the first instalment. If you want a recap then my review of Talon is here.

Rogue picks up right after the events of Talon, with Garret arrested as a traitor to St. George. Dante has been firmly indoctrinated by Talon and Ember is on the run with Riley. I'm not going to lie, I do have a hard time deciding between the human hunter Garret and the rogue dragon Riley/Cobalt. I think this is down to Kagawa's writing. She makes it difficult for Ember to decide between her human and dragon side, so the reader cannot easily pick either. At this point I'm swaying more towards team Garret (I can't say why without posting spoilers).

I really like Ember. Even more so this time because she's not held back by the restrictions of Talon (in the sense of having to behave in a certain way). She's bolder and more bad ass. I liked seeing her dragon come out more, but appreciated her inner struggle, and how she has a very human side too. 

I honestly wanted to smack Dante. He's certainly in the running for 'worse twin award' at the moment. I'm sure there is more story here and it'll be interesting to see the route Kagawa takes him. Dante is a good example of how blind obedience can be really dangerous.  

It seems that pretty much everybody has an agenda in this series, so it is really difficult for Ember to know who to trust. Just like Ember, the reader need answers...

4 Stars in my Sky!


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