Soldier by Julie Kagawa, published by Mira Ink on 5th May 2016
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.
'Soldier' is the third book in the Talon saga. I really enjoy this series and I continually marvel that Julie Kagawa seems to be able to turn her hand to any subject she fancies and turn it into an amazing story. The first two books in this series were beyond fantastic, so I had high hopes about this one.
Once again we get different insights from multiple characters, Ember, Riley, Garret and Dante all narrate various chapters throughout the book. Ember is still torn between her dragon and human sides, Riley is desperate to convince Ember that she belongs with him, Garret is searching for the truth, wherever it may take him and Dante is involved in a terrifying Talon experiment which spells danger for them all. A lot more is revealed about Talon and the Order of St George in the book, which I enjoyed finding out about.
Julie Kagawa most certainly isn't afraid to make difficult choices with her characters or place them in all manner of dangerous situations. One of these left me absolutely stunned, although looking back at it now, I can see why she made the decision and how this will allow other characters to get their own resolutions.
Fast-paced action throughout kept me turning the pages well into the night. This is definitely a title you will want to read in one sitting. The story was thrilling and exciting and crammed full of tense, nail-biting moments and explosive revelations. There is one almighty big secret revealed at the very end which will have you in despair at having to wait for the next instalment of the series.
I am so anxious to find out what will happen next that I just can't bear it. Here's hoping that the wait for book four, 'Legion' won't be a long one.