Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Falconer #1
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26th September 2013

Tell Me About It
One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale.

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title — and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. She's leading a double life: She has the rare ability to sense the s├Čthichean — the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans — and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her abilities and her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons — from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols — ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with the gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder — but she'll have to save the world first.
My Thoughts
I will openly admit that I don't read books that have any aspect of historical fiction to them, but there have been a few exceptions, mainly when the book has been part of a series or a spin off from a series. When I saw The Falconer in an email from the publisher I had to do a quick check to learn more about it, and I was instantly drawn to the cover of the book, and even though there was mention of the year it is set in the sales pitch from the publicist made me want to read The Falconer. When I finally had the book in my hands the small synopsis on the back made me want to drop everything and read it.
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron

Debutante and heiress by day.
Murder by night.

Aileana is definitely a kick ass character, she basically has two lives, one which involves tea parties, balls, and being a respectable female (which all sounds very boring) and at night she hunts down faeries to kill them. She actually makes her own weapons and gadgets to help her in this quest and has her room rigged up with some great steampunk technology, one part of it even allowing her to sneak out without being caught.

Derrick is fab, he hides in Aileana's closet, fixes her clothes for honey, and wants to steal cogs or any other shiny metal, he is also a pixie and has some great one liners and comebacks, it makes me want a pixie of my own.
At the sight of me, he halts and let's out a whistle. 'I feel I must inform you: you look like hell.'

Kiaran is a secondary character in The Falconer, he is the person responsible for training Aileana, but he also has his own secrets and history himself, and when part of his mystery is revealed I was shocked as it wasn't something I expected, but also pleased that Aileana had someone on her side.

There is so much that happens in the pages of The Falconer, more secrets are revealed by unexpected people, and I don't want to spoil this for you which is why my review is mainly what I loved about The Falconer, more than what happens.

I fell into the world Elizabeth has made so fast, it surprised me how much I enjoyed reading The Falconer. It took me a while to actually read this book, but that is due to having a very busy week but when I was able to sit and read without being disturbed I would read pages and pages of the book, finding it harder to put the book down the further I got into it. When I got to the end of The Falconer I was not happy, the book is left on a huge cliffhanger and now I am left waiting and wondering what happened, and what will happen next. The wait for the next book is going to be torture.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great, I thought the blurb for this was cool and been wanting to read it for a while- faery hunting by night just sounds like fun. Bummer it ends on a cliffhanger though- hate those! Nice to hear its good.


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