Book: Inferno by Julie Kagawa
Published April 2018 by Harlequin Teen|397 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: Talon #5
Genre: YA Paranormal
TODAY, WE STRIKE BACK.
WE SHOW TALON THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR NEW WORLD.
Ember Hill has learned a shocking truth about herself: she is the blood of the Elder Wyrm, the ancient dragon who leads Talon and who is on the verge of world domination. With the Order of St. George destroyed, Ember, Riley and Garret journey to the Amazon jungle in search of one who might hold the key to take down the Elder Wyrm and Talon—if they can survive the encounter.
Meanwhile, Ember’s brother, Dante, will travel to China with a message for the last Eastern dragons: join Talon or die. With the stakes rising and the Elder Wyrm declaring war, time is running out for the rogues and any dragon not allied with Talon.
The final battle approaches. And if Talon is victorious, the world will burn.
I really liked Inferno! Not as much I thought, of course, but it was a pretty good end to the series.
It’s fast-paced and action-packed and we’re kept on our toes from the beginning, until the very end. I liked seeing how things turn out, and there are some interesting choices and revelations. I don’t want to spoil anything since Inferno came out pretty recently. Some things may be predictable, but I’m not one who usually tries to figure things out, so I was quite surprised by some of the things that happened in the book.
I liked Ember a lot in this book, and she’s changed a lot since we see her in Talon. I actually re-read the series so I’d actually remember everything that happened up to this point, and I’m glad I did. It was nice going into this book having been reminded of everything up to this point. Ember is pretty amazing, and she was so determined to do the right thing, no matter what. I think only Ember could get the allies she needed to take down Talon, and while I wish we saw more of the Eastern dragons, I get why they didn’t want to get involved. Except for Jade, of course.
I did like that everything turned out okay. I’ve come to love a lot of the characters, and I finished the book feeling hopeful that things will change for the dragons at Talon, and that St. George will continue to be there should Talon need a counterbalance. I love that about her series finales- they always end with the hope that the characters will go on to be okay, no matter what happened before.
I suppose she does have a certain story she’s going for, and her Talon series has been no exception. It is pretty predictable as far as last books go (particularly in her case) but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying the book.
I especially loved the author’s note at the end of the book. She talks about her love of dragons, and how long the story has been with her. And I love the modern take on dragons as owners of huge corporations. It works, and I love that she does put a modern spin on dragons and knights, and how they changed with the times.
The other thing I loved about the author’s note was the part where she talked about othering and how we see people who are different from us, and that part really stuck with me. You can really see it in the book as well, and now that I think about it, it is there throughout the series. It’s in the interactions between Talon and the Rogues, St George and the dragons, and Talon and the Eastern dragons. I did see the story in a completely different way after reading it, and I’m glad that so many characters did try to challenge their beliefs and see things in a different way.
4 stars. So, I didn’t love it, but overall, it’s a pretty good ending to the story.