The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Posted 21 April, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 9 Comments

The Falconer by Elizabeth MayThe Falconer by Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Published by Chronicle Books on 2014-05-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
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Edinburgh, 1844.

Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans.

She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

So here is what happened. I saw the book around and dismissed it – no idea why, but somehow I didn’t care enough to read it. Then, Jenny (Supernatural Snark and my never-wrong-when-it-comes-to-books-we-both-love friend) told me to pick up The Falconer as soon as I can , because it totally reminded her of The Fafever series from Karen Marie Moning.. Uhm… OK! Get me the book now 🙂

Delicious Genre Mix Up with a fierce heroine!

I love it when authors effortlessly mix up genres and here, we find a fantasy like story based in the Victorian aged Scotland filed with elements of Steampunk. It’s a wonderful mix, that one I can tell right away. The setting lures the reader in right away, with a heroine who comes from old money and who used to spend her time with beautiful gowns on balls to dance with young gentlemen before she became an assassin of the fey! After Aileana saw her mother being killed by fey she made it her mission to kill all the fey and avenge her mothers death. This turned her from being a girly to a fierce heroine, who doesn’t care about anything else apart from killing the next fey…

This dedication made her both fierce, strong and fearless – it left her also pretty much alone and also a little sad. She cannot tell anyone about what she sees and why she turned so drastically after her moms death. Even more, her father is utterly cold and not much help either.

Mysterious Protector, Teacher and .. more?!

Kierran is of course what draws us girls in the most. He’s the mysterious Fae who seems to hate the fey just like Aileana does – but his reasons escape us for most of the book. He teaches Aileana to slay and kill and he does it with no excuses. He’s cold , deadly and we have no idea what he’s up to! Also, we wonder constantly if there is more to him, that he has maybe feelings for Aileana – but we are just as clueless about him and his motifs as Aileana.

But he’s what gives the story an edge, a dark secret that turns the story from nice to awesome, the secret that raises the stakes for not just Aileana but everyone else!

Oh and .. I should say that I just love this cold mysterious bastard? Yes, I’m like that:) But in literature these are the men/boys that draw me in!

Dark, explosive fierce and amazing!

The story filled with these amazing character was awesome! In the beginning it was a little slow and it took me a little while to get into it, but then… oh then it picked up paces incredibly and soon the slow beginning was forgotten. I should mention a few of the side characters who were no less awesome, I loved Alieana’s best friend who was wonderfully loyal, and then there is Derek – Oh Gosh he was so cute! A tiny little pixie who got drunk on honey, he was the cutest!

And. I shouldn’t leave this review without mentioning the romance. The romance was there, but I expect it to be even stronger in the next book. It took a while for the romance to hit off and then it was not as sizzling as I was hoping it to be… Still!! The story left me amazed, dazed and happy that Jenny told me to read it:)

Bewitched Rating

Rating 4.5

Bottom Line

The Falconer by Elizabeth May was an dark, edgy blend of genres filled with all the good things we know from Steampunk, historical settings and the blend of fantasy. While Alieana is a fierce, strong heroine the mysterious Kierran drives the story to a new high and his secrets and enigmatic persona draws us in and holds us captive!



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