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* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Riley and Mist]] in ''Inferno''.



** [[spoiler:Played straight with Dante later on, also in Ember's.]]



* AFatherToHisMen:
** Riley cares very much about his underground of hatchlings.
** Gabriel Martin also plays this role to the soldiers of the Western Chapterhouse.



** Garret and Riley take several books and a number of life-threatening adventures to start viewing each other as trusted companions and not just a rival for Ember's heart.

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** Garret and Riley take several books and a number of life-threatening adventures to start viewing each other as trusted companions and not just a suspicious former enemy and rival for Ember's heart.



* IJustWantToBeFree: One of the main reasons why Ember [[spoiler:leaves the organization and goes rogue]]. It's also Dante's motivation; he works so hard because he thinks once he's made it to the top he will finally be free. [[spoiler:When he realizes he's been fooled and it's impossible, he turns on the Elder Wyrm.]]



* NonActionGuy: Wes prefers staying far away from the action and pulling the strings from a safe distance, thank you very much.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Dante gets fatally wounded moments after turning on the Elder Wyrm to protect his sister.]]



* UnwittingPawn: Dante has no idea that [[spoiler:he will never inherit Talon, since the Elder Wyrm plans to transfer her consciousness into Ember's body and become immortal]]. He goes against his emotions and past loyalties based on a completely false assumption the Elder Wyrm fooled him into.



* {{Weredragon}}: The dragons in the series can shift into human form and back again at will.

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* {{Weredragon}}: The dragons in the series can shift into human form and back again at will.will.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Dragons struggle with the idea that they can feel love, since they were raised to believe they can't.


''The Talon Saga'' follows Ember, Garret and rogue dragon Riley as they get caught up between the front lines of humans against dragons and uncover secrets that both sides tried to keep from ever coming to light. The series of four books so far, ''Talon, Rogue, Soldier,'' and ''Legion,'' while a fifth one, ''Inferno'', is soon to be published.

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''The Talon Saga'' follows Ember, Garret and rogue dragon Riley as they get caught up between the front lines of humans against dragons and uncover secrets that both sides tried to keep from ever coming to light. The series consists of four books so far, five books: ''Talon, Rogue, Soldier,'' Soldier, Legion,'' and ''Legion,'' while a fifth one, ''Inferno'', is soon to be published.''Inferno''.


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* FireForgedFriends:
** Garret and Riley take several books and a number of life-threatening adventures to start viewing each other as trusted companions and not just a rival for Ember's heart.
** The rogues and [[spoiler:the members of St. George, especially the Western chapterhouse]] after teaming up against Talon.


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* HollywoodHacking: Wes, it appears, can hack into pretty much anything. Justified, as that's the reason why [[spoiler:Talon noticed and hired him as a hacker in the first place]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: The Archivist turns out to be [[spoiler:Mist's employer and the reason why she sides with the rogues]].


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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:The rogue dragons and the Order of St. George eventually team up to have a chance against Talon.]]


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* TheMole: [[spoiler:Mist]] turns out to only be working for Talon on the surface.


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* NotSoDifferent: A recurring theme with humans and dragons in general. They could get along just fine if both sides hadn't been brainwashed into hating the other.
** [[spoiler:Riley and Tristan]] also turn out to be this after overcoming their initial mistrust of each other. They have similar attitudes and senses of humor.

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* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Ember and Dante, particularly in the past during their training years. Ember (the All Play) used to be lazy and prefer playing video games over studying while Dante (the All Work) always took the training seriously and tried to get his sister to do the same.


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* GroinAttack: Ember's signature move against perverts, creeps, and pretty much anyone who tries to grab her.


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* NoodleIncident: Riley and Wes allude to a number of these, especially concerning mishaps during the group's many travels, as well as Riley's various misadventures from the past.


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* TheUnfavourite: [[spoiler:How Dante views himself in regards to Ember, feeling that Talon always paid more attention to his sister and he had to do his very best to be noticed at all.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:Dante's motivation for trying so hard to meet all of Talon's standards is that he wants recognition from the organization, which always seems to have favored his sister.]]

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: What draws Ember to Garret [[spoiler:and finally makes her fall in love with him]].

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''The Talon Saga'' is a YoungAdult book series by Creator/JulieKagawa and revolves around the war between a secret dragon organization masquerading as humans and a religious order who hunts said dragons.

Ember Hill is a young dragon hatchling sent out for a firsthand experience of the human life and prove she can fit in before taking her spot in the secret dragon organization, Talon. Alongside her twin brother Dante she is moved into a town by the ocean and is already looking forward to spending a normal summer, only to discover there's been a change of plans and her training for Talon starts early. Then a series of run-ins with Riley, a rogue dragon the likes of which weren't even supposed to exist, and a surprisingly lovable human boy makes her doubt what the organization told her, and suddenly she's not sure if she wants to stay with Talon at all.

Garret Xavier Sebastian is one of the strongest young soldiers of the dragon-hunting Order of St. George. Upon finding that Talon hid a pair of dragon hatchlings in a town by the ocean, he and his partner are sent to find them and kill them. One of his main suspects is Ember Hill, but the more he observes her the more humanity he sees in her, until he has to wonder if dragons are truly the emotionless monsters the Order has always made them out to be.

''The Talon Saga'' follows Ember, Garret and rogue dragon Riley as they get caught up between the front lines of humans against dragons and uncover secrets that both sides tried to keep from ever coming to light. The series of four books so far, ''Talon, Rogue, Soldier,'' and ''Legion,'' while a fifth one, ''Inferno'', is soon to be published.
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!!''The Talon Saga'' contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Ember is one, having been trained and being exceptionally strong as a dragon in human form. So are the other female dragons.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted with Riley. [[spoiler:Ember is actually only drawn to him because he is her ''sallith-tahn'', her dragon soulmate, meaning her attraction is purely instinct. She ends up choosing her love for Garret over him.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The main trio Garret (blonde), Riley (brunette) and Ember (redhead), respectively.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Talon relies on it, heavily. They closely observe all their members, keeping a close eye on any signs of betrayal and eliminating anyone who tries to stand up against them or leave while teaching their dragons the organization is much safer and kinder to its members than it actually is.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Riley turned his back on Talon after finding out some dark truths about it in the past, and [[spoiler:Ember and Garret both leave their respective organizations after realizing they've been lied to and wrongly indoctrinated their whole life]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Garret, in Ember's, at the end of ''Soldier''. Or so it seems; the beginning of ''Legion'' reveals that he's NotQuiteDead, and he gets saved by a blood transfusion from Riley.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Garret.]] See above.
* EvilVersusEvil: An amoral, almost Orwellian mega-corporation that tries to take over the world at the expense of its members versus an order of {{Knight Templar}}s that trains people into soldiers from childhood and lies to them about the nature of dragons to achieve its goal. And then there's the protagonists trying to stop them from killing each other.
* FieryRedhead: Ember has red hair and is as fiery and emotional as it goes. Riley doesn't call her "Firebrand" for nothing.
* HotBlooded: Ember is very fiery and emotional.
* KnightTemplar: The Order of St. George views all dragons as soulless dangerous monsters and has no other goal than their extinction, not even stopping to consider that they might be wrong.
* MegaCorp: Talon is run as a giant corporation that has its influence everywhere.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Ember and Dante. Ember is free-spirited, energetic and hot-headed while Dante is serious, hardworking and calculating.
* RedHeadedHero: Ember.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Elder Wyrm, leader of Talon, turns out to be female.]]
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Ember and Dante both.
* SwitchingPOV: The narration alternates between Ember's, Garret's, Riley's, and Dante's perspectives.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Talon's long-term goal.
* {{Weredragon}}: The dragons in the series can shift into human form and back again at will.

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