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?
Ember is a young dragon who has realised that not all Talon stands for is good. She has been lied to and trained to be an assassin or Viper, as they term it, and is conflicted as she struggles to balance what she's been told with what she is actually experiencing in the human world. Having always seen those who work for the Order of St George as cold blooded killers, she has found friendship with Garret one of their top soldiers but it's sorely cost both of them. Ember has left her twin brother, Dante, behind to escape with Riley a male dragon that makes her own inner dragon sit up and take notice. As for Garret, he is seen as a betrayer and disloyal to the cause and his punishment is death!
I really did enjoy Rogue, but it's a love triangle that's forming and frankly, I'm not terribly keen on those. That aside, it's an interesting idea to have Ember confused between what should be a done deal because hey, we are dragons and live for centuries! Versus the human side of her that just wants a safe place to simply enjoy being young. It's a YA read, so just a little kissing and mild flirtation and I did like the jealousy that Ember's actions evoke as these two strong guys both try to stake a claim.
So human Garret and dragon Riley have something else apart from Ember in common. They are both in many ways quite similar with battle experience and a strong need to protect the weak. They may not fully trust each other but as this story progresses a grudging respect begins. As for the other male in Ember's life, Dante, well he is fighting to make a name for himself in the Talon organisation and as much as Ember wants to save him it's not yet certain if he truly feels the same way. Yes, he wants his sister home and safe but just how far will he go in order to protect himself? Yes, I really liked that this side of the plot is still pretty much up in the air and leaves the reader with questions.
There's a lot more action in this book which will please many readers and there's also flashbacks which really help to throw light on Riley in particular. If being totally honest, I did find it a little predictable and found myself wondering at the stupidity of certain characters but it opens up a whole new can of worms with revelations that will leave you spinning and wanting more. So a war is coming to ahead and caught right in the crossfire is a plucky young dragon who has some tough decisions ahead of her and I predict her baptism by fire is far from over!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.