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Talon #4

Legion

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The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

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 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 the dragon-slaying Order of 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 take over 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 refuse to yield.

384 pages, Paperback

First published April 25, 2017

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October 3, 2017
“Make no mistake. You will serve Talon, one way or another. We just have to find that breaking point.”


It’s no secret I’m one of the few people (among those I know or follow) who are still deeply involved with this series. I cherish and am obsessed with Garret, adore Riley and the rest of the crew, have a love/hate relationship with Ember, and generally am knee-deep in Kagawa’s perilous fantasy story-telling abilities. The end of Soldier (and all of Soldier, really, in my opinion) was by far one of my favorite endings to a book-ever. But, even Kagawa can’t always be perfect.
Even with all the things I love about this series, this book felt, inevitably, like a filler to me. Not as much passion, not enough action, a little too much of that moron, Dante, and an overall overkill of some things. I say ‘some things’ lightly because I just don’t know how to explain what wasn’t right for me-it just wasn’t. I think there was too much background noise, too much buildup with not enough payoff.

“Though you are beautiful, you know that, right?” I think I blushed, and he smiled, leaning closer. “I didn’t fall in love with how you looked,” he murmured as his hand rose, gently brushing my cheek. “I fell in love with you.”


I liked so many things, as always with the Talon series, in this book, but I’m kind of in a place [with the content of the last book, Soldier] where I can’t say too much. I can say there was a lot of planning for an all-out war. I can say there was a decent amount of, ahem, romance. And I can even say the writing style wasn’t as strong as the last three books, in my opinion. But when you get down to it, I can’t say the things I REALLYYY want to say…because…spoilers lol.
But, hey, let’s recreate some dialogue like Joey from Friends and ALMOST accidentally spoil everything, while talking to Chandler and Ross:

J: Remember how that bastard cheated and went against the oath at the end of Soldier?
R/C: Riighhhttt, okay, so fun, I remember.
J: And then remember how Ember was begging him not to die and…you know…
R/C: Ooohh yeahhh, so cool.
J: And it just ended with Garret ?!
Rachel: JOEY!!!


HA. Sorry, but I can’t not talk about him!!!!! I JUST CANNOT. WHAT WORLD WOULD I BE LIVING IN IF I DIDN’T GUSH ABOUT ONE OF MY TOP BBF’S FOR LIFE??? Not a good one, that’s for sure.
So, anyway. Take what you will from this review, but just remember these key things:

-By far my least favorite book of the series
-Not my favorite dialogues, almost bordering on cheesy, which Kagawa has never done so I may be overstepping, I don’t know
-Lots of Dante…a big downside for me, because:

A) YAWN
B) BORINGGGGG
C) FUCK HIM

-Not as much action as I remember from the others
-Not as emotional, if you ask me

BUT

-Still some heart-wrenching moments
-Still some swoon
-Still butterflies in my belly
-Still Kagawa…and you ain’t doin’ half bad readin’ a Kagawa book, mmmkaaaaaayyy?

So…whatever. If you read it, read it. If you don’t, don’t. But I’ve done as good as I can keepin’ it real. Go with God.






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OMG THE COVER OMG MY BOY AHHHH-I LOVE IT *smiling devil face emoji*

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Ugly Crying like...

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My heart and soul were ripped to shreds at the end of Soldier....and with my horrible book slump, this is the ONLY story that could ease my wounded soul.

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I'm so obsessed with Garret it's not even funny.

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Which is why I am still a blubbering mess when I think of him...

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and this story...and it's end...

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and this evil author that I am obsessed with and adore.....

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But I suppose I'll be fine (UNTIL 2017) ARGHHHHHHH UGHHHHH

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Seriously-Kagawa, you are evil. You wound me.
Profile Image for Natalie Monroe.
595 reviews3,588 followers
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June 22, 2016
I will hand over 5 stars, no questions asked, if a certain character stays dead. Be brave, Kagawa. ;)
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3,130 reviews269 followers
April 19, 2017
Ember Hill, dragon, is in a battle to survive. The order of St George is hot on her trail, her brother entrenched in Talon and Riley just trying to make the right decisions for his rogues.

Betrayal comes where you least expect it and I can assure you there were some really shocking twists that completely took my breath away.

LEGION was a really great read.

I have to admit I was a little unsettled with the love triangle that continued throughout SOLDIER, but now that Ember has made her choice, the meat of the story has positively turned more toward the battle to survive against the corruption in all the warring fractions...Talon, St. George, Rouge and the ever intriguing Eastern Dragons...which I can't wait to see where Kagawa heads with them.

LEGION quickly became one of those white knuckle, bury-eyed, can't put down, read into the wee-hours of the morning fantasy, action, adventures, we all can't wait to get our hands on!

I received this ARC copy of Legion from Harlequin Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. Legion is set for publication April 25, 2017.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Talon Saga
Sequence in Series: Book 4
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
ISBN-10: 037321197X
ISBN-13: 978-0373211975
Genre: YA | Fantasy

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916 reviews162 followers
June 4, 2017
Wow! This installment was eventful! I am really loving this saga. Now the dreadful year wait for the final book...
10 reviews13 followers
November 15, 2017
AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO'S ROOTING FOR RILEY?
I like Garret and all but I...
I REALLY LIKE RILEY :0 (don't hate me please!!)
Mysterious and alluring characters always get me intrigued.
I'm excited to see how the story develops onwards! The cliffhanger at the end of Soldier reaaaaaaally got me frustrated. Julie Kagawa knows exactly how to write cliffhangers like this, which is both frustrating and TOTALLY AWESOME.

*SPREAD THE RILEY LOVE GUYS :D*
Counting down the days till April 25th!!
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1,144 reviews593 followers
May 9, 2017
Well, I think it’s safe to say my reading tastes have definitely changed over the course of the last year. This is the second series I’ve returned to this month (the other being The End of Oz) and had to ask myself what on Earth I was thinking when I said I liked them.

Is this the worst in the series, or can I just no longer stomach these entertaining reads that have no depth? Maybe a combination of both.


Like many readers, I find dragons very interesting, which is what initially led me to pick up this series.The first books lacked dragons, subbing it in for a contemporary romance. This book also lacks dragons, but it instead is filled with a war I don’t care about and boatloads of drama.

This series doesn’t seem to have stakes at all, considering how many dangerous situations these characters are put into but turn out completely fine.

Is this filler, or did I just not care? I’m leaning toward filler, considering the amount of flashbacks about school and studying for finals in a book that’s supposed to be about a dragon war. Did this really need to be five books? I don’t think so.

The characters are not great either. I still don’t care about Ember or Garret in the slightest. It really bugs me that the British character says ‘bloody’ every. single. time he. talks. The only one I still like is Riley. I did appreciate the constant perspective switching, as it kept me flipping pages since the sections were short.

The love triangle drama is still here, and, of course, my ship seems to be dead as well.

But look, my biggest issue here is that this was so poorly written. The dialogue is bad, the writing mediocre at best, the plot melodramatic and packed with tropes. Oh, and predictable.

Yeah, so this was a mess and I just couldn’t bring myself to even enjoy this as a guilty pleasure. It just felt bad. I’ll probably read the last book just since I’ve finished the first four, but I’m not even sure I still want to check out more by this author.
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304 reviews2 followers
April 5, 2018
Updated May 3, 2017:
Legion is beyond amazing, emotional, gripping and shocking. Hatchling and rogue dragon Ember Hill never thought she would find love, let alone with a human and a former dragonslayer. With Garret dying after sacrificing his life and freedom to expose the betrayals of both their worlds to which Ember now knows that nothing she was taught by Talon is true. Everything was a lie, about humans, about rogues, about herself and what she and dragons are capable of doing and feeling. Ember vows to stand with Riley/Cobalt against St. George and her own brother, Dante who along with Talon will soon unleash the greatest threat anyone has ever seen. Talon hopes to take over the world and soon their creations will take to the skies promising blood and death to all those who refuse to kneel to them. Legion is full of emotion, shocking truths and discoveries, betrayal, romance, action, heartbreak and an ending that left me bumped.

Sorry but major spoiler, Garret lives. Garret’s world has become upside down after meeting hatchling Ember Hill, falling in love with her, betraying St. George and found shocking discoveries about the organization that almost cost him his life. Now after near death experience that has changed him forever with life changing side effects, Garret alongside Ember, Riley/Cobalt and their allies embark on journey to discover what Talon is up to. Upon learning one of the Talon’s plans, Garret is torn between Ember, Riley and the rogues and the Order that raised him but to prevent Talon’s victory in the war, Garret must convince the impossible if they are all to survive.

Ember never thought she would be where she would be or find love with a human and former dragonslayer. With Talon on the move with their mysterious new weapon, she, Garret Riley/Cobalt and their allies journey to discovery the truth before it’s too late. Ember suffers heartbreak as she faces her brother, Dante once again at the heart of the Talon mystery only to suffer betrayal and a different kind of heartbreak. Ember learns why Talon was so determined to getting her back only to reveal a more shocking truth about her very existence when she finally faces the last person she ever thought possible; her mother. Ember’s inner dragon and human emotions continue to conflict with each other as she finally makes a decision of the men in her life. With another one of Talon’s secrets revealed, she, Garret and Riley do the impossible when that secret threatens not only the rogues but a dragon’s sworn enemy.

Riley/Cobalt may have helped bring light to the conspiracy of the Order of St. George and helped save Garret’s life but all he wants is to continue to protect his hatchlings. However, when news reaching him leading them to believe to be Talon’s work, Riley/Cobalt, Ember and Garret go on a journey to discover the truth only to learn something far worst that they have ever thought possible. Riley’s world becomes even more of a struggle when Ember denies the bond between them as he struggles with himself and what’s right to make a statement and defend their sworn enemy against Talon’s new army.

Dante has finally found his place among Talon and is willing to do whatever it takes and more to keep it. Along with his mother, the Elder Wyrm they are ready to make their next move in the next phrase in their plan for world domination but they still need to retrieve Ember. However, Ember continues to refuse to join them, she will be caught in Dante’s plans will change their world forever and Ember will never forgive him, even if it meant it makes Ember his enemy.

I feel for Ember from the conflict of her inner dragon and human heart to her constantly believing that her jealous, backstabbing, power-hungry brother can be saved and now this new shocking truth about her very existence is just shattering to our beloved red hatchling. I can’t grow to hate Dante more than I do now. He can’t see that Talon is evil or just doesn’t care anymore and is a part of the problem now. Oh, Dante and Ember’s mother, she is one piece of work and I will shed no tears if she gets killed.

The love triangle between Ember, Riley and Garret has gotten emotionally brutal as Ember finally makes a decision between the two guys and it hurt. Both for the reader and the characters involved. I really love both riley and Garret which makes the decision all that more painful.

Overall, Legion was epic. OMG, this series just gets better and better. I loved it. The story was great, the characters were great and there was action. We finally learn the reason why Talon is so determined to get Ember back and it is shocking. I mean I was not expecting that, whoa. Julie Kagawa is such an amazing author and Talon is my favorite of the series I’ve read of hers. I am so eager for the final book and at the same time so sad since it’s the final book of the series.

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3,471 reviews1,007 followers
April 12, 2017
Gosh I thoroughly enjoyed that one. I enjoyed it so much I just said gosh. Blimey!

I've been following this series from the start and it has just gotten better and better with every book - I'm kind of quite sad that book 5 will be the finale I believe because I've been so engaged with Ember and Riley and all the rest, in a world where Dragons live among us disguised as humans and a war rages between Talon (the dragon hierarchy and a shadowy group if ever there was one) and St George (of the Dragon, obviously, and not exactly pure of heart themselves)

Julie Kagawa has built a beautifully layered world into the Talon series, with some memorable characters and manages to give you an adrenalin hit and an emotional tug on the heartstrings every time. The more you fall in love with the characters the harder she hits you - throwing everything and the kitchen sink at them and keeping you on the edge of your seat. After the cliffhanger of the previous book (and if you are looking for salvation in this review sorry you'll have to wait and read to see how that pans out) I was ready for high drama and got exactly that. As Talon's dastardly plans start to come into the light and Ember faces her brother head on, don't expect a walk in the park, you are going to be on the rollercoaster.

I have a love/hate relationship with Dante, a love/love relationship with Riley and stagger between adoring Ember and wanting to slap her - its great when a fantasy story can really immerse you into it to the level that you believe it all while you are there - I genuinely feel that perhaps Dragons are a thing for at least a few hours after finishing these.

Overall a really terrific addition to the Talon saga - and after the end of THIS book I am genuinely on tenterhooks waiting for the finale - will the good guys win out in the end? Who exactly ARE the good guys? Brilliant. Total utter escapism and all beautifully written and plotted.

Bring it on!

Dragons. Yes.

Highly Recommended as a series especially for fans of YA fantasy.
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677 reviews91 followers
April 16, 2020
3.5/5 stars
"The soldier of St. George and the dragon, killed together on the field of battle."

"Fighting on the other side of the war. Even though they're supposed to be mortal enemies who hate each other. Like the Montagues and Capulets."

"If Romeo didn't die from poison. And Juliet was a fire-breathing dragon."

Well shit. This was easily the best book in the series thus far. Action abound, plot development, larger-than-life antagonists revealed, and scenes of hilarious ingenuity courtesy of Jade the Eastern dragon.

Do I love this series yet? No. This is still a slightly-above mediocre story for me, but it's getting a LOT better. Garret, Wes, and Dante are still my favorite characters, although Tristan NEEDS more time in the spotlight as well as Jade. I still can't really stand Ember, but she's learning. It is taking her an entire age and a half to do so, but she's getting there.

The fact that she finally made her fucking decision regarding the "love of her life" sure didn't hurt. And the fact that it was MY BOY makes it even better.

I'm also really happy that Dante is, you know, an actual baddie. Kagawa could have gone the bland and predictable route and made him an anti-hero who eventually joined with Ember and Riley's cause, but NO. He is SET in his ways, and he's spilling a ton of blood to get what he wants. I applaud true baddies in this book.

We also get to see mother hen Riley with all of the hatchlings from his underground joined under one roof. He and Wes have worked so hard to save these dragons, and it's nice to see how he legitimately cares for them all.

Moving on to the grand finale. Inferno better get that rating up above 3.5/5. And Dante better not fucking die.
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980 reviews118 followers
April 2, 2018
First off I got to admit after the last book I was a little scared to read this one.



Then I got over it because I told Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ that I wasn't gonna read it tell she did, and when she did she told me there was nothing to worry about. So yeah!

let's start with the best part shall we





Can you believe he had the nerve to talk to Ember about being soulmates in front of Garret



Speaking of Ember and Garret geeze those two



They give me all kinds of feelings



They are seriously going to kill me



Now on to my least favorite part of the book Mr. Stupid Pants Dante, the boy irritates me to no end



Everytime it was his chapter I was like STFU Dante seriously I was like



Now the big twist oooh





That's it really?

With that said a great addition to the series can't wait for the next one!!!











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2,626 reviews194 followers
April 25, 2017
Oh my what a way to continue this series and with only one book to go it's certainly going to be a humdinger of an ending! This begins right as the last book Soldier ended with Garret bleeding out his life's blood after a cowardly attack. Ember is even more determined to take down Talon but she's definitely caught between a rock and a hard place as her twin Dante seems to have become her enemy. Those of St. George who hunt the Dragons are so blinkered that they can't or won't acknowledge that Rogues such as Ember and Riley could be allies and speaking of allies perhaps it's time to reevaluate old enemies!
Finally with this instalment we find out what the grand master plan of Talon really is and when it comes to Ember it's truly jaw dropping. As if that wasn't enough for the author to throw at us there's the forces that Talon have been gathering ready to finally crush St. George and the humans and chilling is the only word that springs to mind. I'm truly enjoying all the action and twists but do question why yet again in a YA series we have to have a triangle thrust at us? There's a resolution of sorts here but I can't help but think it wasn't really necessary. Still if you want a story that's inventive and gets your heart pounding then this series is certainly up for the job!
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6,423 reviews215 followers
August 30, 2020
One more book left. I'm sitting at the edge of my seat. Yikes. Where's my popcorn?

Legion was so freaking good. We, of course, still have the same people and the same mission. Unfortunately, there's still talk and hints about this damn love triangle between Ember, Garret, and Riley. You'd think that I would eventually go along with it all.. but that isn't going to happen.

Luckily for me, these guys are growing so much throughout this series. Ember is becoming more likable to me somehow. Especially since she is finally taking responsibility for things now and knowing that her decisions can hurt people, even loved ones. Then there's Garret and Riley and honestly they haven't changed that much in my mind. I mean, they do seem to be liking each other's presence and such. Which could be a good thing if this horrible love triangle keeps happening.

I'm not sure what the heck is going to go down in the next book but I am pumped for it all!
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361 reviews18 followers
May 24, 2018
3.5*

What can I say...
Even though I thought the middle part of this book was a bit... boring and not quite my cup of tea, the ending more than made up for that!

I'm just trash for this series and you better believe that Inferno is on its way to me, so I can finish this story!
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161 reviews27 followers
January 1, 2018
Oh, this series...it kills me and not in the good way.
Now you're probably thinking 'But Alexandra! Why did you give it 4 stars then??'

Here's Why

1) Honestly, no book in this series could possibly be worse than the garbage tornado that was Rogue.

2) Riley gets schooled by not one, not two, but THREE exasperated lady dragons! Yes! Put that bitch ass mofo in his place.

3) Jade is back! I love her so much partly because of point 2, but also she's just an all-around badass. Fighting hard and taking names all while appearing as a small, soft-spoken Chinese woman. (Stereotypical, I know, and I'm not too thrilled about it either.) I really want to see more of the eastern dragons in the final book.

4) The god awful love triangle (that should never have existed in the first place) is finally resolved (unless Kagawa decides to throw a wrench in things during the finale, in which case I will be very pissed). I'm obviously a Garret fan.

5) And finally, this book didn't end with something crappy happening to Garret! He didn't get heckin' arrested! He didn't get rejected and stomp off across the pond! He didn't get shot in the back bleeding out in the middle of the desert! My sweet child. My son with a gun. Perfect cinnamon roll boy. I will protect him. I love him.
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1,110 reviews103 followers
November 14, 2018
"Man kann sich nicht bis über beide Ohren in einen Drachen verlieben und erwarten, dass alles normal abläuft."

Nein, normal ist es wirklich nicht, was Ember erlebt, aber es ist spannend, faszinierend und toll geschrieben! Und wie zur Hölle soll ich jetzt warten, bis ich den letzten Band endlich in die Finger kriege?! Mir brennen Fragen und Vermutungen unter den Fingernägeln!!!
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432 reviews113 followers
August 15, 2017
Spannend deel, maar het was veel herhaling. Ze slaan op de vlucht, vechten wat, worden gepakt, proberen te ontsnappen, ontdekken weer wat heftigs en slaan weer op de vlucht... Daarbij vind ik de keuzes van Kagawa heel voorzichtig, ze mag best wat meer lef hebben en de lezer flink pijn doen! Mijn recensie verschijnt op Fantasywereld. Ik ben benieuwd naar het slotdeel, maar vond dit boek een tussendeel met weinig toevoeging aan de hele serie.
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1,324 reviews100 followers
August 29, 2017
3.5


Or dunque, direi di partire con le note positive.
Sì, ce ne sono tranquilli.
A dispetto dei contenuti, devo ammettere che come lettura è stata piacevole, di routine. Magari è stata leggermente demolita dalla prevedibilità e dal cazzius di triangolo amoroso, ma in fin dei conti non posso dire di essermi annoiata o di aver perso voglia nel leggere.
Il che è già una nota positiva.
Poi, regina tra tutti, c’è Jade.
Oh Jade, mia Jade. Perché non hai più spazio?
Persino Riley abdica per incoronale lei come la “Regina delle Cazzate”. Il che è un tutto dire.
Altra nota positiva è stata la parte finale. Certo, poteva essere ampliata, ma le battaglie finali hanno sempre un loro fascino, specialmente se i nostri eroi rischiano di perire drasticamente in un quarto di secondo.
E ora passiamo alle note dolenti.
Di già? Sì. I’m sorry.
Come detto prima, il libro è di una prevedibilità assurda.
Già nel precedente avevo capito l’andazzo e immaginato varie teorie che, alla fine, si sono avverate. Eccetto per l’incrocio umano. Dato che Dante e Ember son speciali, avevo ipotizzato che la loro cara madre si fosse accoppiata con un umano per un qualche esperimento scientifico, ma nada. E così se ne va la spiegazione per cui Ember è mestruata.
Ma, in tutto sto disagio, devo ammettere che non avevo previsto la riscrittura della personalità. Il fatto che fossero cloni era palese dati gli sviluppi della storia, ma non immaginavo che la vecchia avrebbe voluto abitare nel corpo di Ember.
Brrr…. Brividi.
Continuiamo poi col dettaglio che più fa porconare i miei neuroni.
Il cazzius di triangolo.
E basta, avete rotto la minkia sinceramente.
Non mi faccio problemi a dire che all’inizio speravo nella morte di Garrett. Per carità, non mi dispiace come personaggio, ma sarebbe stato un risvolto così diverso dal solitoooooooooo… e invece no. Il triangolo continua finché Ember ha una visione da mestruata con il proprio drago interiore che… ama anche lui l’umano.
Ma come???
Da quando???
E la storia dell’anima gemella dragonesca???
Libro, di che acido ti sei fatto???
Morale della favola, Ember sceglie Garrett, spezzando così il cuoricino a Cobalt. E, giustamente, per farci apprezzare tale scelta, Cobalt inizia a diventare un’idiota rancoroso che prende solo decisioni del cazzius per evidenziare quanto Garrett sia invece utile e coerente…
Ah, ho letto troppi libri per cascarci.
Almeno Ember ha preso una decisione. Anche se, dai… Alla fine si sa come andrà a finire. Perché ormai c’è la moda del far inzuppare il biscotto a tutti per il cazzius di FANSERVICE!
Sì, scusate, ma la penso così. Sia con Will/Tessa/Jem o Alyssa/Morpheus/Jeb… è solo puro fan service. E la cosa mi fa incazzare.
Detto questo vediamo nel dettaglio le pagelle dei personaggi.

Ember: 5 – la Mestruata

In questo libro è stata un po’ irritante e poco utile. Viene finalmente “svelato” il motivo per cui Talon la vuole così disperatamente, ma l’unica cosa a cui lei riesce a pensare è il cazzius. Diventa pappa e ciccia con Garrett e guai se ti becca a fissarlo perché ti sbrana la faccia senza pensarci due volte. Alterna poi momenti di disperazione profonda quando capisce di aver spezzato il cuoricino di Cobalt, ma tanto lei è a posto, quindi chissene.

Garreth: 6 – il Giovanni Neve

Non sa nulla, resuscita miracolosamente grazie al sangue di Cobalt, cerca di far riappacificare due fronti opposti e in perenne guerra tra loro, deve vedersela con dei draghi, la sua prima ragazza ha i capelli rossi e l’indole selvatica… A quando la vacanza alla Barriera? No, ok. Scherzi a parte Garrett si dimostra essenziale ormai. Essenziale per far finire il triangolo, essenziale per salvare almeno una roccaforte di San Giorgio, essenziale per la trama… Ma tanta perfezione un po’ stona e noi lo sappiamo.

Riley: 7 - il Friendzonato

Andiamo, ci siamo tutti rimasti male per lui. E chi dice il contrario è senza cuore.

Jade: 9 – la Queen

Oh, mia regina. Ti prego di apparire più spesso.

Wes: 7 – il Mai Ripagato

Inutile dirlo, senza di lui non ci sarebbe storia. Eppure nessuno gli ha mai regalato un castello.

Mist: 7 – la New Entry

Bisogna dirlo… mi ha stupita. E in meglio persino. Ok che mi aspetto un bell’oggetto contundente su per un delicato orifizio prima o poi, ma per il momento è una carta da giocare. Ho già qualche idea su chi sia il suo “capo”, ma sono curiosa di vedere come si svilupperà il suo personaggio nel prossimo libro. E no, niente love story con Colbalt, per carità divina. Ci manca solo questa.

Dante: 8 – il Sadico

E niente. Dante è dalla parte dei cattivi. Ed è un cattivo con i fiocchi. È infido, sadico, senza scrupoli, eppure è ancora protettivo nei confronti della sorella… infatti quando la vede sul campo da battaglia decide di giocare il suo asso nella manica per sterminarli tutti. Amore lui. Scherzi a parte non mi suscita empatia come personaggio, ma almeno è coerente con se stesso. Ho apprezzato anche i suoi flashback che hanno allargato di molto il suo background.

Mamma pu…: ???

Posso dire che per essere un drago millenario che ha costruito una società dal nulla mi pare troppo poco sviluppata e ingenua. Cioè, se i tuoi sottoposti sono dei coglioni, pensaci da sola, no? Mi stupisco che sia ancora viva a sto punto.

Comparse speciali: TRISTAN NON DEVE MORIRE!


Considerazioni finali: devo dire che è un libro abbastanza moscio ed essendo quasi arrivati alla fine mi aspettavo qual cosina di più. Per quanto sia comunque una gradevole lettura, mi aspetto un bel finale col botto nel prossimo e ultimo romanzo.
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1,686 reviews357 followers
May 8, 2017
Legion by Julie Kagawa is book four in the Talon series and if you are at all interested in dragons, romance, and danger you should definitely check this series out. I had been waiting (what seemed like FOREVER) for this book since I closed the cover on book three and was so excited to jump into this world again. If you haven’t read the other books yet, you may want to hold off on reading this book. I can’t guarantee I won’t spoil something from the prior books.

Legion picks up right where Soldier left off which means they are trying to save Garret from bleeding to death. To get him to a safe place, the group ends up doing a transfusion with the only blood that is a match…Riley’s. This definitely has some downstream impacts but for now, it gives Riley and Ember enough time to get him to a place where they are not in danger from The Order but also to heal.

While that is happening, Talon still has plans and they aren’t giving up on bringing Ember back into the fold, no matter what. I’m not going to give anything away on this part of the story but we find out that Ember has a purpose and Dante, while he has a pretty big role in getting her where Talon needs her, has no clue what they are up to and planning for her. Also, Dante makes me so angry. He sees his work for Talon as something that will grant him freedom and I support his motive but the fact that he is willing to do anything to get that freedom is disturbing. That includes selling out his twin sister and leading an initiative that includes hatchlings that were bred strictly for war/fighting.

The relationship between Ember and Garret does progress in this book and I am glad that Ember finally told Riley that she chooses Garret and she doesn’t want him to wait for her. The fact that he was just hanging out on the sidelines for Garret to go away just didn’t feel right and while I’ve always liked Garret more, I also didn’t think that was fair to Riley at all. Tied into this, is Ember realizing she has been fighting both her human side and her dragon side. Ember finally comes to terms with both by realizing she is both and while she can’t fight her instinct, it doesn’t have to define her. I liked seeing this growth in her character.

As this story moves forward, we get a bit more action and background story. Not only do we learn more about Ember and Dante’s origins but we also learn more about the plans Talon has to attack and destroy The Order. They also happen to have a full list of Riley’s safe houses which puts all of the Rogues in danger. As the group learns more about the plans, they decide to take some dangerous steps to come together to fight Talon. First, Gabriel needs to warn The Order and when he does, he also makes the decision to fight with them and the Rogues decide they need to join in the fight.

There are so many things that happen in this book that I can’t talk about all of it. I also don’t want to ruin any bit of the story for you so other than telling you that this series continues to keep my interest and even surprise me at times, I can’t say much more. If you like Kagawa’s other books, definitely check the Talon series out. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next with these characters and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
August 11, 2022
꧁𝓣𝓪𝓵𝓸𝓷 - 𝓓𝓻𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓷𝓫𝓵𝓾𝓽꧂
« ʀ ᴇ ᴢ ᴇ ɴ s ɪ ᴏ ɴ »
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“Sometimes, sacrifice is necessary.”
- Ember („Legion“)
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Handlung: Für mich ist dieser Band gefühlt der actionreichste. Es beginnt haargenau mit der Szene mit der der letzte geendet hat und die Spannung ist bereits vorprogrammiert. Und sogleich stürzt sich das Team in das nächste Abenteuer. Es ging von einer spannenden Szene in die nächste und gleichzeitig werden aber auch einige wichtige Themen bearbeitet. Die ewige Feindschaft zwischen Georgsorden und Drachen wird thematisiert (und lässt sich in dieser Form ja auf einige aktuelle Themen in der Weltgeschichte  auslegen) und Ember und Garret versuchen verzweifelt, diese Feindschaft zu überwinden, ein Miteinander statt ein Gegeneinander. Diese Botschaft finde ich sehr gut vermittelt und ist generell eine Thematik, die sich durch die Reihe zieht. Das Ende ist actionreich, spannend und setzt ein Zeichen für den nächsten Band.
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Charaktere: An Charakterentwicklung gab es auch wieder einiges. Nachdem sich Ember im letzten Band darüber klar geworden ist, wem ihr Herz gehört, kämpft sie in diesem Band für ein miteinander. Dadurch zeigt sie, was für Stärke in ihr steckt und das war einfach sehr schön zu lesen. Auch Garret gibt sich alle Mühe, über dem Misstrauen und den Hass zu stehen, der ihm entgegenschlägt, und für eine bessere Welt zu kämpfen. Wes und Riley waren wieder die humorvolle Komponente, haben immer wieder die Stimmung aufgehellt. Vor allem haben mir aber auch Jade und Tristan gefallen. Generell werden die Nebencharaktere sehr schön dargestellt.
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Schreibstil: Der Schreibstil ist wieder beschreibend und etwas ausladendend. An Spannung mangelt es nicht und ich bin schnell durch die Seiten gekommen. Ich habe das Buch sehr genossen und fand auch die Einblicke in Dantes Gedankenwelt sehr interessant und aufschlussreich. Allgemein wird wieder in der Ich-Perspektive von Ember, Garret, Riley und Dante erzählt und es ist spannend, Einblicke in die einzelnen Charaktere und es steigert gleichzeitig die Spannung, dass zwischen den vieren hin und her gesprungen wird.
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“I didn't fall in love with how you looked," he murmured as his hand rose, gently brushing my cheek. "I fell in love with you."
My eyes watered. And everything inside me melted into molten goo. "You are getting entirely too good at making a dragon cry," I saw and kissed him.”
- Ember ("Legion")
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Fazit: Ein actionreicher vierter Band voller Wendungen und Charakterentwicklung, ein vierter Band der den anderen in nichts nachsteht.
4/5🌟
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Lieblingscharakter: Garret😊 Wieso stelle ich die Frage eigentlich noch?😂
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Lieblingsszene (ACHTUNG SPOILER!): Als Drachen und Georgsorden gemeinsam Seite an Seite kämpfen.
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5,217 reviews462 followers
June 16, 2017
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

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.

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918 reviews64 followers
April 17, 2023
I enjoyed this one a lot. Things are starting to really come together. And the 'secondary' big battle has happened. You know the one that gets everyone all sure they are going to die but its not the BIG battle. That comes in the last book, I'm sure.
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100 reviews6 followers
October 10, 2017
Die deutschen Cover sind doch wunderschön! Das Motiv ist immer das Selbe, nur in anderen Farben und alle Bücher sehen einzeln toll aus - aber alle Bücher zusammen sind noch eine Klasse höher. Ich bin sehr gespannt, wie der heyne-Verlag das Cover des fünften Bandes gestalten wird.

Wenn ich mir neben den deutschen Covern der Reihe dann die englischen anschaue, sehe ich einen himmelweiten Unterschied. Ich würde niemals denken, dass sich hinter diesen Covern die Selbe geschichte verbirgt. Während der heyne-Verlag die Schönheit der Drachen auf die Cover bringt, sieht man in den englischen Covern die Brutalität des Kampfes zwischen Talon, den Georgskriegern und den Einzelgängern. Auch diese Gestaltung finde ich aber genial!

Gleich nachdem das Buch angekommen ist, habe ich mit dem Lesen angefangen, da ich es seit dem beenden von Band drei nicht erwarten konnte, die Fortsetzung in den Händen zu halten.
Nach deinem Kapitel über Dante wird sofort an die Ereignisse des vorherigen Bandes angeknüpft und es geht nahtlos weiter. Obwohl die Situation alles andere als lustig ist, schafft Julie Kagawa durch den Charakter von Riley, dem Leser ein kleines Lächeln ins Gesicht zu zaubern.
An dieser Stelle möchte ich gleich etwas zu Riley und einigen anderen Charakteren sagen.
Ohne Riley wäre die gesamte Geschichte um Talon etwas völlig anderes. Denn vor allem er ist es, der mit einem seiner Sprüche brenzlige Situationen auflockern kann. Obwohl es wahrscheinlich nicht witzig gemeint ist, finde ich Rileys Bezeichnung für Garret, die sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Bücher zieht, überaus witzig, sein persönlicher Kosename lautet "Heiliger Georg".
Auch das Verhältnis zu Wes finde ich sehr gelungen eingebaut, genauso wie Wes´Versuche, alle von riskanten Aktionen abzuhalten.

Mir gefällt auch die Entwicklung von Ember sehr gut. Man merkt deutlich, wie sie von Band zu Band erwachsener wird und auch nicht mehr ganz so kopflos durch die Gegend rennt wie noch in Band eins.
Was jedoch aus Dante geworden ist, finde ich sehr unschön, aber auch wirklich authentisch.

Nachdem mir der dritte Band der Reihe sehr gut gefallen hat, hatte ich wieder große Erwartungen an "Talon - Drachenblut" und diese wurden sogar noch übertroffen. So begeistert ich von Band drei war, der vierte ist in meinen Augen fast noch besser als der erste Teil der Reihe.
Die Autorin schafft es, eine unglaubliche Spannung während all der 512 Seiten zu halten und diese an den passenden Stellen auch noch zu steigern. Wieder gibt es heiße Gefechte und spektakuläre Manöver von Ember & Co, ebenso einige unerwartete Wendungen.
Die Entwicklungen bei Talon werden dem Leser erst in diesem Band in größerem Ausmaß bewusst und man fragt sich unweigerlich, wie jetzt alles enden wird.

Auch dieser Teil wird von mehreren Personen abwechselnd aus der Ich-Perspektive geschrieben, was dem Leser ermöglicht, alle Gedanken und Gefühle zu verstehen.
Alles kurz und knackig: ich bin absolut begeistert von diesem Band und vergebe 5 Sterne.
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July 26, 2016
Honestly, "the Soldier" has the deepest soul of all the characters in this series and as much as I appreciate non-happy endings (I really do, especially where self-centered, irrational protagonists are concerned) Garrett's past still has mysteries to unlock, despite all the illumination in the last chapters of "Soldier". One question I must have an answer for: was one of Garret's parents a dragon? Maybe a 2nd because if so, wouldn't a pheonix be a feasible (awesome and rare) crossbreed, between dragon and human?? Just saying. Also - when do we get to meet a wizard? Or, get some background on the "magic" utilized in many applications throughout the series.
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Author 10 books64 followers
June 2, 2017
4.5 Stars!! Oh my god, I can´t wait for the finale!! I have to wait 8 long Months for it... how am I supposed to do that!?
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Author 7 books90 followers
July 17, 2017
4.5/5 sterren. Weer een fantastisch boek in een fantastische serie!
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21 reviews17 followers
September 10, 2017
„She had changed so much from the girl I’d met in Crescent Beach; she had become a true soldier who understood what was at stake and was willing to make sacrifices for what had to be done. I just prayed that, when this was over, the sacrifices were ones we could live with.”

Oh. My. God. This book was so, so good.



If people had asked me how I liked the series when I was reading the first book, I would have shrugged and said that it was alright but nothing outstandingly special. All typical elements of the YA genre could be found: a love triangle, naïve teenagers, a love relation between the offspring of sworn enemies. As I said, all read before, all familiar. However, the ending of Talon was good enough for me to continue the series; so I read the two other books Rogue and Soldier. And I am so glad I did. The story got better and better— to a point I would describe it as absolutely amazing. Legion was, in my opinion, the best book in the series so far and deserves my 5 stars in every respect.

Characters

The character development in this series is crazy. I didn’t even realize how much Ember had matured in the course of the story. Suddenly, it is not a carefree naïve teenager that tells the story, but a hardened brave dragon. In Legion, Ember comes to know more about herself and discovers what she wants to be and who she really is. She (finally) takes responsibility and is brave enough to close doors that need to be closed; even though it constitutes hurting the people she loves. Don’t get me wrong, it broke my heart to read her do that, but I realized that it was necessary.

Garret and Riley, however, don’t change that much from the previous books. Riley is still the sassy, strong leader of the underground and Garrett is still the swoon worthy soldier we encountered earlier in the story, even though he got an additional “power”. What I liked in Legion, was, that the both boys finally found their way to each other. I really liked seeing them become friends, maybe even good friends, if not best friends.

And I absolutely adored Jade, the Chinese dragon. Ever since she first appeared in Soldier, I fell in love with her. Every scene the adult dragon was involved in got me laughing out loud or raising my hands with a ‘Yay, Jade!’ .

However, I hope to see more of Riley’s underground and a certain pretty dragon in ‘Inferno’. I’ve a strong feeling that something is going to happen between Riley and said dragon. Let’s see.
And the bad guys? Well, what to say? Evil as ever, I suppose.

Plot

The story of legion starts exactly where the previous book, Soldier, has ended: with Garrett in the arms of Ember. It then quickly moves from a successful search for answers to imprisonment by a certain party to a devastating final battle. You see: absolutely amazing outline.

Furthermore, the somehow annoying love-triangle is finally severed— once and for all. A HUGE plus for me; that saved me some eye rolls and heaving. Even though I have to admit that it broke my heart to read that passage. Credits to Kagawa for that, I suppose.

In addition, I liked that we got insight into Ember and Dante’s childhood. Although I very much enjoyed the evil- Dante, master of clones, scenes; it was somehow really sad to see the protective caring twin take his place as the powerful offspring of the evil. That’s right; I just called her ‘the evil’. Because that is exactly what this woman is, horrifying, power blinded, pure evil. Each time said dragon appeared it raised the hairs on my arms. Again, credits to Kagawa for that.

In conclusion, this book was outstandingly good and therefore worthy of 5 stars. As a YA book, it does not provide any deep messages or content to think about. But I honestly didn’t care. It was so much fun to read. I loved the characters, the plot and honestly every other thing about this book. What more is there to say? I am super-duper excited for the final book in the series; to see everything come to a conclusion.

“… we stared over the battlefield, at the carnage Talon had left behind. The bodies they had wasted, and the dragons they had killed. ‘I’m afraid this is only the beginning.’ “
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