Soldier by Julie Kawaga

Title: Soldier
Series: Talon #3
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: April 26th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
A fighter dedicated to saving humankind from dragons in strictest secrecy.

That was what Garret Xavier Sebastian thought he was part of as a soldier of the Order of St. George. What he learned from a fiery dragon hatchling twisted all he believed in and set him on a collision course with certain death-but not without a chance to put things right.

Betrayed and on the run again, Ember and rogue dragon Riley discover an unthinkable truth about Talon and St. George. They'll need Garret's skills and insider knowledge of the Order to negotiate an impossible deal-and if they fail, there will be no way to stop all-out war.

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.


HOLY DRAGON WAR! Soldier was fantastic.  If you liked the dragon aspects from book one and two, they are in full force throughout Soldier.  There are dragon battles, battles in St. George, battles between the two fighting groups and so much more.  True to the title of the book, Soldier is an action heavy but more specifically, war heavy read.  The suspense and high stakes had me turning through the pages.

Aside from the constant war, the reader is introduced to new fierce dragons, crazy drama, and a continuing romantic tug of war.  At times the romantic tug of war does grate on me but in the end it is well suited to the overall plot and I can appreciate it even though it's not my favorite.  Ember's struggles are emotional yet as a reader I found them to also be very logical.

I truly believe that I have enjoyed each book in this series more than the previous one; to think that there are a few more to come (aside from having to wait with cliffhangers) is a wonderful thought.  I have a sore spot for dragons, especially ones that have human feelings and that plays a huge role in the entire series.  Soldier focused on the complex and tricky web that had been slowly spun in the first two books and still leaves more to uncover in the next book.  The various point of views combined together to leave the reader feeling like they know what is going on in most areas in the story.  The battle heavy, third installment in the Talon series, is definitely worth the read!

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