AUTHOR: Julie Kagwa
SERIES: Talon, Book 3
PUBLISHER: MIRA ink
RELEASE DATE (UK): May 5th
Julie Kagawa is one of my all time favourite authors, and I love this series (you can read my reviews of the first two books here and here) so of course this book was one of my most anticipated releases of the year! It had a lot to live up to, and although I have to admit it's not my favourite in the series so far I definitely wasn't disappointed.
I always love Julie's writing style- it's not necessarily the most poetic or beautiful, but it's fast paced and fun to read and sometimes that's all I want. She has a particular talent for writing exciting fight scenes, and this book had plenty of those which really kept me on the edge of my seat. Her other main talent is making me cry. More on that later.
Since this is the third book in the series, I was already really invested in the characters and it was great to learn more about their backstories and see them develop throughout this book. Ember especially had a lot more depth in this book, and Garret was as adorable as ever. Like every instalment in the series this book uses multiple points of view, and like every book in the series I really enjoyed that this gave multiple different perspectives on what was happening. There was one character in particular (no spoilers!) whose POV I found really interesting since their story was so different to everyone else's and what was happening just gave me chills. I do wish the voices of the different characters were a bit more distinct so it was clearer whose POV I was reading, but that's only a minor complaint.
The story seemed slower to me than in the previous books in the series, especially near the start, and that meant it took me a lot longer to get into than it normally would. Once I had got into it, however, I couldn't put the damn thing down. It's the action scenes that really make this book stand out to me, as well as the fact that it completely ripped my heart out.
My biggest problem with this book, as with all the other books in the series, was the love triangle. I hate love triangles in any book, and I hate them even more when they're in books that I'm otherwise really enjoying. It just created so much pointless drama that I really didn't care enough. Plus, love triangles are even more annoying when it's totally obvious who she should end up with. (Garret. She should be with Garret.)
I have to talk about the ending, even though I don't want to spoil anything. It was completely devastating to me, and I was so shocked that I tried to throw the whole book out of the car window (the book is safe now, don't worry). Julie always ends her books with cliffhangers which destroy your soul, and I think this might have been the worst one so far. I still can't believe it.
Soldier has the same fast paced writing, compelling characters and great action scenes that made me love the first two books in the series so much, although it was slightly slower and the love triangle annoyed me even more than it did before. It also made me cry a lot. A LOT.