Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
392 pages
Published by Chronicle Books

Plot: In 1844, young Scottish aristocrat Aileana Kameron has everything she could possibly need - beauty, wealth, and a large dowry.  Unfortunately, all she wants to do is hunt and kill fairies.  With the help of a powerful fae named Kiaran, Aileana has spent the last year training in order to become strong enough to kill the fairy who murdered her mother when she was a child.  But, when Aileana finds out she is a Falconer, a line of female warriors with the ability to kill fairies, she soon becomes the only person in the world who can stop the fairies from destroying everything and everyone she loves.

Review: The cover of this book really drew me in to find out more.  Once I did and began reading, I couldn't put it down!  I loved the mix of steampunk in this story - as Aileana is an inventor and makes all types of weapons.  She also made some kind of flying vehicle which was a bit of a stretch for me to believe.  There wasn't much in regards to her Scottish heritage, nor was there much history mentioned.  However, that didn't matter to me as much as the story and how it progressed with the plot and the character relationships.  Which I enjoyed very much!

Strangely enough, my favorite character was Aileana's pixie named Derrick. Funny little thing! Aileana and Kiaran are both complex characters with their own imperfections, but we don't get to know too much about Kiaran other than he's a powerful Fae who managed to not get trapped in an underground prison like the rest of the fairies during an ancient war.  Also, we learn he used to be pretty evil until he fell in love with a Falconer a long time ago.  So, can't wait to learn more about this character!

My only frustration with this story was the abrupt ending.  Although the story itself doesn't end with book 1, finishing with a cliffhanger was a little disappointing.  I would have liked some closure even though there is a second book. I do plan to read book 2 though, so I am really looking forward to that!  Recommended for ages 14 and up!

*Recieved a DRC for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Hearts!

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