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  • Bald eagle talons can measure as long as two inches.
  • Bird talons are similar to a dog’s nails.
  • It struck the surface with its talons and rose back into the sky, carrying a large struggling fish.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • It digs in its talons and doesn’t move.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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  • It would slash at him with beak and talons when he came near: For weeks his wrists and hands were always bleeding.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Even with my makeshift armguard, her sharp talons dug into my skin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • A bird-creature swung in low, huge wings flapping, talons extended.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • It checked itself at the last minute, only its talons breaking the surface of the waves, just for an instant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Spire vultures are massive birds with five-inch talons and wingspans that clear twenty feet.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The school counselors shared a waiting room that held uncomfortable chairs, overloaded bulletin boards, a secretary named Gerta with blood-red talons, and a coffeepot that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the turn of the century.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • Rows of stubby wings lined their bodies, each wing tipped with a dagger-sharp talon.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Olive laughed, clapping as the bird shredded a pig knuckle with her talons.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I showed him the talon marks on the dresser and a feather that had landed on the floor.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I land on my back, trying desperately to catch my breath through the talons of pain gripping my lungs and face.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Most of them had wings, and the ones that didn’t were carried in the talons of others.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Bod stopped beside a grave that looked the way he felt: it was beneath an oak that had once been struck by lightning, and now was just a black trunk, like a sharp talon coming out of the hill; the grave itself was waterstained and cracked, and above it was a memorial stone on which a headless angel hung, its robes looking like a huge and ugly tree-fungus.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The jersey has a black number 5 on the back and a round black patch over the heart, hand sewn, that shows a ferocious-looking eagle with arrows in its talons.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Dina points a long pink talon at her.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They peer into taxidermists’ drawers full of feathers and talons and glass eyeballs; they flip through two-hundred-year-old herbarium sheets bedecked with orchids and daisies and herbs.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • This is why I was honored with the show of power, the flexing of the administrative biceps, the flashing of the talons when I wrote Piedmont that I was going to appear before the board.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Talon, an older Yellow with his hair woven into intricate dreadlocks, appeared first, followed by a wide-eyed Chubs.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Very scarred, very nicked, and the top’s in two pieces—but—look at those swept-back, weight-bearing talons on that ball-and-claw! the feet don’t come out well in the photo, but you can really see the pressure of the claws digging in.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I wished for him, and he came, and he flashed out with his talons.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The shadow-birds turn their beady eyes on him and swarm in a tornado of wings and talons, pecking at his skin.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Give me curved talons?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • But as he flew home his long talon pierced the leaves and the rain fell as it had never fallen before.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • It had a glittering golden tail as long as a peacock’s and gleaming golden talons, which were gripping a ragged bundle.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It hurled itself on Tenorio, and the sharp talons gouged out one eye from the face of the evil man.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • One end of the great barn was piled high with new hay and over the pile hung the four-taloned Jackson fork suspended from its pulley.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • How foolish to reveal those talons to him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Five of them were fluttering over the top of the dunes-plump little hags with pinched faces and talons and feathery wings too small for their bodies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Just at that moment the Lord of the Eagles swept down from above, seized him in his talons, and was gone.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • In olden times an eagle swooped down upon the New England coast, and carried off an infant Indian in his talons.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And then velocity-wings and engines-a smiling stewardess-but it was more than a plane, it was a real bird, a big sleek silver bird with feathers and talons and high screeching.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Some had wings or webbed toes or taloned fingers.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Her feet had sharp talons, and in her brass-clawed hands she held a flaming whip and a paisley handbag.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I have been so overwhelmed by the many storms that have broken over my head, that I am become passive in the hands of the Almighty, like a sparrow in the talons of an eagle.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The toes were gnarled and leathery, with overgrown nails like a bird’s talons.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Solitude would be no solitude — rest no rest — while the vulture, hunger, thus sank beak and talons in my side.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The seeker circled, was coming in for the kill with its talons drawn when someone kicked Dodge’s sword back to him.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The troll rounded on him, all ten talons sliding out to their full extent.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Her fingers stretched, turning into talons.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • He saw her land heavily and then crouch, clenching the ground with her talons.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Claws and talons possess a monstrous sensuality,— the obscure movements of the creature imprisoned in their pincers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The monsters had glowing red eyes, sharp beaks, and vicious talons.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Piper looked at the bronze dragon wings shining against the sky, and those talons that could’ve shredded her to pieces.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The paw, with rigid claws curving like talons, shot under the tender belly and came back with a swift ripping movement.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Reaching past Eragon with one scaly leg, she hooked her talons through the packs’ shoulder straps, then took off over their heads.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • More troubling still, Mary was holding one hand high above the head of infant John and making a decidedly threatening gesture—her fingers looking like eagle’s talons, gripping an invisible head.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Hedwig gave a very loud hoot and took off so suddenly that her talons cut into his shoulder.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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