Friday, 24 July 2015

Review: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Title: Rogue (Talon #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa

Release date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Format: eARC
Pages: 459

Source: NetGalley

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?

Rogue delves right into the intense action of the plot. I read this right after reading Talon for the first time, so it was a really smooth transition for me. So much happens in this sequel, and there really isn't a dull moment at all. High stakes all around, with loads of emotion-invoking scenes too.

Ember, Riley and Wes are on the run from both Talon and St. George. But Ember can't forget about Garret, the St. George soldier who saved her life. And so she in turn will save his. Ember and Riley sneak into St. George headquarters with the help of Wes, but getting Garret out is going to be one hell of a challenge. All of them are also in grave danger from the Vipers, assassins of Talon. The cherry on the top of this little drama cupcake? Ember's twin brother, Dante, leads the search to bring her and Riley back.

Since the title of this book is called Rogue, I guess you can tell there's quite a bit of focus on Riley/Cobalt. We get several different POVs in this - Ember, Riley, Garret, Dante, and Cobalt from twelve years ago, when he was still working for Talon. We get to find out how Cobalt realized what Talon really is, and how he got out. I loved getting to know more about his character, because there's so much about him that's complex and intense and just really intriguing. Since the next book is called Soldier, I'm excited to find out more about Garret's story in that one!

Usually, love triangles annoy me, but in some cases when they're done well, I enjoy them. This is one of those cases. Both Riley and Garret are amazing guys and I still can't choose between them. So how can Ember? She loves both of them in different ways - her dragon leaning towards Cobalt while her 'human' side towards Garret. I'm curious to know how Julie Kagawa plays this out in the rest of the books. Either way, I hope it'll be a good outcome for everyone.

I love that this series focuses both on the plot and on individual characters. Dante, though he betrayed his sister, isn't as bad as he's made out to be. In my opinion, at least. He's been led astray and things aren't that black and white. Dante's just as complex as the rest of the characters, and though he's been thoroughly brainwashed by Talon, I think there's hope for him yet.

The action is always at the centre of the storyline, since Ember and her companions are running for their lives while also trying to figure out how Talon and St. George keep finding Riley's safe houses. Ember is really a force to be reckoned with! Though she makes some stupid decisions in this book and I really wanted to yell at her at those times, she's as tough as ever, and stays strong in her goal to remain out of Talon's clutches and also to find her brother and knock some sense into him.

There are quite a few plot twists too, and the danger just keeps increasing. Rogue is a pretty long book, but Kagawa's writing sucks you in so much that you won't even notice the time go by and you'll reach the end of the book before you know it. And I'm now super excited to see what's in store for us in Soldier!

*Thank you to Harlequin TEEN for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review Richa :) Yay for loving this book a lot. <3 And ohh. I'm glad you thought the love triangle was done well :) This is the reason for why I have yet to read book one, sigh. But I adore Julie. And I think both books sounds awesome. So I must try them soon :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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