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‘Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.’

Oh. My. God.

Literally just finished this book, and let me tell you- it was a rollercoaster from start to finish. The characters were amazing, the plot was brilliant, the whole book was just WOW.

I’ll admit- there are a few cliches: a love triangle, teenage angsty-ness. But personally I didn’t find that it took away anything from the story (I know there are many that would disagree with me- I’ve been on the Goodreads page). I really liked the love triangle, even though it was kind of Twilight-esque.

I loved the way that each chapter alternated the point of view between the main characters- and the relationships between them were so complex yet so simple. I loved the characters of Ember, Riley and Garret too, they had such intricate thoughts and personalities. I just adored it. But even though I loved these characters, Dante (Ember’s twin brother) was one that I didn’t like as much. I thought he was going to be my favourite at the start of the book, but then he kind of became an ass. That was probably just me though.

The only thing I loved more than Riley the awesome characters were the dragons. I love dragons. I got so many ideas for concept art while reading, it took all of my strength not to grab my sketchbook. Even though we only saw the true forms of a few of the dragons, Cobalt/Riley was by far the best, in my opinion.

The twists and turns in this book kept me enthralled the whole way through, and the sexual tension was so thick that you could cut it with a butter knife.

Warnings for this book: Language. Any reader uncomfortable with swearing will either have to deal with it or steer clear.

I’m so excited to read the second book!!

9/10 stars


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