[Review] Soldier by Julie Kagawa

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Title: Soldier
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

The price of freedom is everything.

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.divider_line (1)
Review: While I loved the first two books of the Talon series, I found this third installment more difficult to get into. It lacked the same excitement of the previous two books, and I found myself putting it down more times than I could count. Maybe it was the fact that there were so many POV’s this time around. From Ember to Dante and Riley to Garret, there were too many people trying to tell their side of the story. I don’t know, I just felt kind of lost reading it and there was so much happening at once that it was hard to wrap my head around. The plot was at war with itself, with too much backstory being packed into it. Secret plots, rogue dragons, wayward soldiers, and love triangles made my head spin. I think this book just tried to do too much at once and it was a bit of an information overload. I can see where the plot is heading, but I feel like this series is dragging out a bit too much for my liking. This is supposed to be a series about dragons and I feel like this book kind of lost that edge that had me hooked in the beginning of the series. Hoping the next books are an improvement.

Rating: 3/5

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