Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Young Adult Fiction

Review: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

ReviewTitle: Rogue | Series: Talon Saga #2 | Author: Julie Kagawa | Publisher: Harlequin Teen | Publication date: April 28th 2015 | Num. Pages: 444 | Genre: Young adult, Fantasy


Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

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 was definitely different to Talon in a lot of ways – not in any bad ways at all.

I liked Rogue in very different ways to how I liked Talon. The biggest thing I liked was the continual change of point of view – in Talon it was predominantly Ember’s POV with the odd Garrett and Riley thrown in for good measure.

Rogue changes that up completely by including Garrett and Riley/Cobalt more and more as the story progresses. I say Riley/Cobalt as in Rogue he is not one person, he’s considered two – Riley as the human side of Cobalt and Cobalt as the dragon in charge of his instincts.

I like the split – kind of a literal split personality – as certain chapters are told as Riley – present day, Post-Talon – and Cobalt – past, Pre-Rogue – it’s a fairly good way of doing it. The Cobalt chapters explain so much about Talon and about how Cobalt became Riley.

There are so many “dragony” phrases in this book, many more than the first book.

Humans and their wealth, I thought with equal amounts of pity and disdain as I maneuvered through the crowds. You fight and kill and work so hard to get it, only to throw it away like it’s nothing. I’ll never understand.

That’s Riley and his dragon mind. I agree with him wholeheartedly – we work and fight so hard for what money we have and chuck it away on the stupidest things.

There is a couple of things that bothered me a little bit in this book and unfortunately it’s Ember. She came across as quite naive and a little bit stupid in the first half of the book although she did do well as a character in the first 30% or so, she just lost her momentum for me at about 40-50%.

She’s all kinds of stupid and I really didn’t like that about her. Previously she came across as quite grown-up and adult about things but it’s like she backtracked and acted like a bloody child again.

The action came back though which was great. The first half of the book was pretty mild in terms of action and I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t as action packed as the previous book but Julie brought that back in spades.

Riley. All I’m saying.

After the gun fight and the battle of the dragons (can I get an aw yeah?) things cooled off pretty quickly but not in a bad way.

I really liked how Garrett actually made himself useful rather than just hanging about like a third wheel. I also liked how Riley told the truth (though under pressure) and expressed his utter distaste for Garrett. Go Riley!

“Forget him,” Cobalt murmured, bending his head to mine. “You don’t need the human. You have me. And when you’re ready, when we really have a spot where we can both be ourselves, I’ll show you exactly what that means.”

Oh baby. Finally. Some proper Riley/Ember action. I’m totally a Riley supporter over Garrett. I was in Talon but Rogue has just solidified my choice.

But WTF was that ending? Julie WTF was that? That is some next level shit. But it’s laid out the next book fantastically! Dante is an arsehole – flat out – who does that to their family? I’ve got a lot of hatred toward Dante, I’ve read reviews of Rogue and I wasn’t biased much against him.

I’m really looking forward to finding where Julie has taken this series in the next book. This has got to be one of the best YA series I’ve read and it just keeps getting better!

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