Soldier (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa


The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

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Personal Thoughts:

Soldier is the third installment of Talon Saga which I initially thought the final installment of the series – a mistake that ruin this book for me. I go reading the book with so much expectations, particularly answers and revelations about the two organizations – Talon and St. George, and more about dragons.

“There are two type of cages, hatchling,” the Archivist said, holding up a bony finger. “One is where you have no choice in the matter. The door is locked, and your freedom has been forcibly taken from you. But the other is where you become a willing captive, caging yourself, because the alternative is not acceptable.”

Though I enjoy the first two installments, enough to make me feel excited to read Soldier, I end up a bit disappointed with this one. It feels like a filler book to me – something to bridge the first part and the end part of the series. There’s nothing new in the plot except those I already anticipated or guess from the the first two installments. The rebellion, St. George and Talon’s secret alliance, the romance, and illegal operations are things I already see coming and expected. The only new thing that I get from this third installment is the new character Jade, and even that wasn’t explore much. I wish there are more details about her and her kind. Some history to back up her very own existence and reasons for helping Garret.

Ember and Riley are still the same character. I don’t see or feel any character development from these two. It’s like Ember has nothing much to contribute in the story, and Riley unfortunately pining on her also lose his shine. All Ember do in this book is act torn between Riley and Garret and throw few flames here and then. Garret also lacked some character development, but between these three Garret is less irritating at least. The little revelations about his family near the end though little at least give something new to his character. Though most of the time, these three are just a repetition of what they are from the first two books.

Soldier though entertaining lacked depth and thrill that the first two books introduced. As much as I enjoy reading Ember and Riley’s adventure as rouge dragons and Garret’s attempt to uncover the connection between St. George and Talon, there are just so many repetitive scenes and romantic plot lines that take away my interest. If only there are more dragon stuffs than romance and rebellion I probably enjoy this one more.

* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the publisher, Mira Ink UK via NetGalley.

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