Fantasy Book Review: Rogue

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?

Ember has fled Talon with Riley, the rogue dragon – leaving her brother behind. Since he hasn’t experienced the same things Ember has, he never believes her (or doesn’t care) about Talon’s shady dealings. He’d do anything to bring her back safely. And she’ll do anything to stay out of it, even at the cost of her brother. Meanwhile, Ember is torn between her feelings for Garret, the human who is completely wrong for her, and Riley/Cobalt, the dragon who cares for her and seemingly the smarter choice. However, the only chemistry is between Ember and Garret. And Riley’s pet name for Ember is endlessly annoying for some reason.

Rogue is the second installment in The Talon Saga. This sequel is fast-paced and action-packed. Ember is on the run the entire novel, so the suspense and danger is amped up quite a bit. And the heat (no pun intended) between Ember and Garret increases as well. Kagawa is a pro at character development. These characters are completely engaging. This fantasy series for Young Adults is riveting and hard to put down. The next installment can’t come soon enough.

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