Apr 28, 2015

ARC Review--Rogue by Julie Kagawa

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?

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Julie Kagawa is sensational! She continues to amaze me with each and every book she writes. I adored The Iron Fey Chronicles, was amazed by the Blood of Eden Trilogy, I am still loving The Call of the Forgotten Trilogy as well, and then there's the Talon series, which brings epic to a whole new level! If you love dragons, then this is the read you have been waiting for!

Rogue begins by bringing us to where we last left Ember, Garret was being taken prisoner by St. George and she was adamant to rescue him much to Riley's displeasure and so sets the course for the beginning of the novel. Garret is slated for execution for consorting and aiding the enemy against his fellow brothers-in-arms. And it should be no surprise that Ember and Riley make in the nick of time. For what would our tangled love triangle be without one of the guys around?

Meanwhile, we also continue to get Dante's point of view and he's very deep into Talon now. He is determined to bring his sister back to where she belongs whatever the cost. He believes in Talon's mission and he knows Ember does too, but has been corrupted by Riley and has forgotten her cause. And just wow. It's sad to see Dante so far gone...unless...Julie is up to something here. I never put anything past that author! She's extremely talented that way! 

As far as romance goes, this is definitely one of those love triangles that will break hearts everywhere. Torn between Riley and Garret, Ember finds herself in a pickle here. While her human side is all for Garret, her dragon side has all but made her claims on Riley for her mate. We'll just have to wait and see who Ember chooses, there is after all another three books to be had! Though the wait to figure that part out might kill me a bit! I've made my choice, but I can say that it's possible for the other guy to change my mind, but so far in these two books, I've made my claim! LOL!

Ember, Riley, Garret, and Wes work together to find a pair of hatchlings who have escaped Talon. Riley has made it his life's mission to bring Talon down and help out all the dragons and hatchlings who long to escape. But St. George is hot on their trail after their rescue of Garret, and the enemy could be lurking just about anywhere in the shadows. Nowhere is safe.

Pretty epic, right? I will say that this read will totally blow your mind, so be prepared for that! And the ending, ugh! That ending! It's not cliffhanger-y per se, but I definitely didn't like how things ended. And then that epilogue, that just brought up more questions! Sigh...and to top it off, Goodreads has this outrageous notion that Solider, book 3 in the series will release in 2017. Please, someone tell me that is a typo? It has to be a typo! I can't wait that long to come back to this story!!!

Rogue was an astonishingly incredible read! And I did I mention epic, yet? It was totally epic too! This is the read I never knew I wanted until I started reading it! The Talon series is fast becoming my favorite in rival to Julie's Iron Fey Chronicles. I just hope that the wait for the next book isn't as long as I fear it is! My heart can't take it if it is!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


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