Friday, 11 October 2013

New YA Series revealed by Julie Kagawa!

Happy Friday! Following on from a super "Super Thursday", I think it's safe to say that winter has set in and it's time to consider hibernation with a massive stack of comforting books.

Now one of the most exciting things that MiraInk revealed recently is the brand new series by Julie Kagawa called Talon!


As if she hasn't already given us enough amazing series to read already with the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series, Julie Kagawa has treated us to another new series - which means she'll be writing 3 at the same time!

Here's a little taster of what the series is about:
The series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors sworn to eradicate them. The dragons of TALON and the Order of St. George have been at war with each other for centuries. The fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown by the general public, are determined to rule the world. Their foes, a legendary society of dragon slayers, are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young dragon and a hardened slayer unknowingly befriend each other, it has severe repercussions for both organizations.



Julie Kagawa said this when the news was revealed: "First off, I want to say that this is my heart series, the story I've wanted to write since I was a kid.  I remember the very first rendition of this story, written years and years ago as a teen, and I've never forgotten that idea, or those characters.  In fact, the two main characters of the series are the same ones from that very first idea; same names, same appearance, nearly the same personalities.  The setting has changed, and the plot has evolved, but Ember and Garret have stayed with me my whole life, and I'm thrilled to finally get the chance to tell their story."

What is your opinion on the new dragon-themed series? Are you excited?
In YA we've had vampires and faeries and magicians of many varieties but have we really had many big name dragons before, except for the Eragon (Inheritance Cycle) series? How do you feel about this - do you think dragons could be the next trend for YA fiction? The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini has done really well, on its fourth book now and a film release of Eragon as well, but I think the books may still be in quite a niche genre. Can Talon change that, do you think?

In my opinion, with the extreme popularity of Game of Thrones (not YA but still popular amongst most) and the emergence of dragons in the series,I think dragons in a realistic world (as opposed to an animated form) is
becoming widely accepted. If Khalessi can have pet dragons, why can't we? I think dragons as a genre topic could really start to find it's feet (with the help of Talon of course!) and be the new biggest YA trend!


Painfully the first book in the series 'Talon' isn't going to be published until October 2014! Hands up who can't wait that long? Although good news is the film rights have already been snapped up, so we'll have a picture to link up with the book.


To celebrate all things Julie Kagawa we're also treating you to a chance to*WIN* 3 copies of her newest book 'The Iron Traitor' which is out November 1st!

Here's the new book trailer:


49 comments:

  1. I'd name him Vincent. Cause really who would think a guy called Vinny was a dragon ;)?

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  2. Reebo will be my dragon's name just cause it sounds cool.And my dragon would be a badass.

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  3. Kasai as it means 'Fire' in Japanese and I always think of Dragons as oriental!

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  4. I'd name him Ariel. Not after the Disney princess, but after the evil, blonde boy from the Obernewtyn Chronicles, just because I think the name is cool and it'd amuse me. :P

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  5. Sy short for Siberian! Cause instead of fire he breaths ice! Thanks!

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  6. Firestarter after a favourite song

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  7. I think my dragon's name will be Zeryin because it's the word that appeared in the capcha box and it's wonderful.It's the perfect name for a dragon!!

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  8. If it's a female, Juliette. It sounds both feminine and feisty.

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  9. I think I would go with the name Tristan. My fav name.

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  10. can't Wait for this series. Seriously. I suck at coming up with names. I'd probably go with the extremely over used name Elwyn or something. pffft

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  11. I'd name him Zuko. After my favorite Firebender from the Avatar universe.

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  12. Hmm if it was a female, I'd name her Ember. Because that name is adorable. But if it was a male, I'd name him Drake. Because it sounds so badass and awesome.

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  13. Alwyn sounds dragon-ish to me

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  14. If it was female, I'd name it Celosia. And if it was male, I'd name it Spark.

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  15. Twinkle because its a fun name.

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  16. If it was male that it would be Scorch and if it was a girl, I would name it Iris =)

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  17. Pfft. This is Julie Kagawa we're talking about. Whatever she writes about, she can make a winning trend XD

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  18. If it was male I'd name him Aiden. And if it was female, I'd name her Ethel

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  19. I'd have to go with Hasu, which is "lotus" is Japanese, one of my all time favorite flowers! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

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  20. I would call it Safire, (yes, spelt like that) and it would be a deep blue colour. Just because I think its pretty but I dont do normal spellings

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  21. If the dragon was male, I'd name him Alaric. Why you ask... when I think of dragons, I think of the medieval times, and Alaric sounds like a strong name for that period. However if the dragon was female, I call her Sass, which would be short for Sassafras. She'd be a spitfire! :)

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  22. Mine would be called Siren because she would be able to fly and swim underwater for long periods of time.

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  23. I kinda wanna name it Kitty... to make people confused and all. :) Plus it's a cute name, and my dragon would be cute and cuddly- until it grows up and become badass! ;)

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  24. If it's a female dragon then if say Sonya. It just a name that's beautiful and suits a beautiful female dragon!
    However if it's a male dragon then I'd choose Jonah. It's one if my favorite names!

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  25. I'd choose Slade for a guy and I already love Ember as Kagawa has already chosen. Can't wait for this series!

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  26. I would name it Silas or Sirius because these names depicts ferocity and I want my dragon to be fearful impression.

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  27. I would name my dragon Phoenix just because I like how this name looks.

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  28. I would name it Anoushka. I've always loved the name so much!

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  29. I would name mine Flame, strong and firece

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  30. The name 'thief' because she's gonna be as fast, sneaky and graceful as a thief.

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  31. I would name mine Jade, as she's enticing towards the eye, but too come too close and you and your spirit will become Jaded.

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  32. Agnidev as it is the name of the fire god

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  33. I would name my dragon Ellera, because i adore the name and it sounds like it would be a great dragon name! :)

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  34. I'd name mine Proym. And no, I have no rational reason why I'd do it. All I know is that I kept thinking of dragons and what to call them, this is what I came up with.

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  35. I'd name my dragon Rose, she'd be dark red and shimmery :D (plus Rose is my middle name)

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  36. Depends on the colour but I'd name mine Ember. Ferocious when poked but otherwise won't burn you.

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  37. I love spyro the game as a kid so I would want the colors to be somewhere in there by shades. As far for the name? Maybe zerafina, ember or arya. Really hard to pick a name

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  38. I would name my dragon Naya, I don't really have a reason why I just like the name :)

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  39. I would name my dragon Amethyst (Amy for short) because it means to protect one from poison and that's a meaning that can go a long way and is very meaningful. Poison is a relative term it can mean someone, something or anything that would serve as poisonous to someone else.

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  40. Athena. I don't exactly know why I just know that Athena would be a great name for a dragon, in my opinion.

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  41. I'd call my Dragon "Smaug" in homage to my favourite Dragon of all time (which of course is Smaug from The Hobbit)

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  42. Toothless? Haha. Erm...probably Volcan. :)

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  43. I would name my dragon Ember. It's pretty straight forward really. A dragon's most favourable quality is the ability to breath fire. That's why I feel Ember fits well.

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