Julie Kagawa's Fantasy adventure series is an interesting read and a great way to get your fantasy action fix. It is a contemporary piece that blends fantasy and modern day scenery for a fast-paced emotionally-charged read. Come to think of it, this book should be turned into a movie and as it turns out there were plans to convert the series into films. Universal studios announced a while ago that they had plans for a film, but it has not yet come to fruition and could be trapped in the dreaded "Development hell" which is a total bummer.
Here's the synopsis for the first novel:
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.
There's an interesting cast of characters in this book. We have Ember, the heroin of our story who is described as impulsive, brave, reckless, and somewhat short-sighted. She makes some poor decisions in the novel, most of which nearly get her or her allies killed. She went rogue after encountering Cobalt but remains determined to free her brother Dante from Talon's grip, though it may be too late. Then we have Cobalt A.K.A. Riley, He was one of Talon's youngest and brightest field operatives until he decided to go rogue and leave the organization after he learned about their dark agenda. He is now determined to create a network of those who wish to be free of Talon by finding hatchlings and giving them safe-haven. Cobalt is aided by a short-tempered but brilliant hacker named Wes who was forced into service of Talon at a young age, Aside from helping Cobalt's cause, Wes is hell-bent on bringing down the organization who ruined his life. There is also Garret, An ex soldier of St.George who betrayed the Order's code by refusing to kill his target. Branded as a traitor, he is conflicted and freed in his new-found realization of the enemy and his former allies.
The Talon series is packed with rich characters and intrigue and would definitely make for an interesting addition to the fantasy film genre. The story has relatable characters and universal themes that speak on many levels. The antagonists are interesting and layered as well despite the fact that you are supposed to hate them and want them to lose. Hopefully the studio takes a more active approach in getting the film made, but for now we can only wait for a film that may take years to come out of the gate.