NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Kagawa today unveiled TALON, her new highly anticipated series from Harlequin TEEN. The Young Adult series, which has already been picked up by Universal Pictures, features dragons battling an ancient order of dragon slayers in a contemporary setting. TALON, the first book in the similarly named series, will be published on October 28, 2014.
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.
"I've always been fascinated by dragons because no other mythological creature is as complex," said Kagawa. "They can be ruthless, savage monsters or loyal and noble protectors. That led me to thinking about dragons in the modern world—how they would adapt and fit in. How would they live? Would they have jobs? What about emotions and love? I hope to answer all these questions in TALON, while at the same time sneaking in the parts we all love in dragon stories—flying, fire-breathing lizards of doom."
"Julie Kagawa breathes new life into every mythos she takes on, and with her modern dragon world, she outdoes even herself," said Natashya Wilson, Executive Editor at Harlequin TEEN. "Unique and unforgettable, TALON is both a wildly entertaining read and a relevant book that explores the dangers of blind prejudice and absolute power and the transformative nature of love."
Universal Pictures has picked up the film rights to TALON with Chris Morgan attached to produce. Morgan is the writer of the studio's Fast & Furious franchise and the upcoming Keanu Reeves samurai movie, 47 Ronin, as well as the producer of the recently announced The Legend of Conan film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"With TALON, Julie Kagawa has created an epic romantic adventure that is sure to be a benchmark saga of dragon lore," said Morgan. "I'm incredibly excited to help bring her vision to the screen."
Julie Kagawa is the author of two previous series—the Blood of Eden series, optioned by Joni Sighvatsson of Palomar Pictures, and the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Iron Fey series. Kagawa's titles have been published in more than 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany.
Review copies of TALON and interviews will be available to media closer to publication.
About Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey series and the critically-acclaimed Blood of Eden series. Born in Sacramento, California, she moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. Julie now lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. For more information on Julie, visit JulieKagawa.com.
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