Monday, 5 May 2014

Book Wars! The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions. We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick is USA.
Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most. 

Left: US - Right: UK
Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
US - Chronicle Books , 336 Pages, (May 6th 2014),
UK - Gollancz , 312 Pages, (September 26th 2013)
Add to Goodreads: USA Version | UK Version
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

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 sìthichean — 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.

About Elizabeth:
© to Elizabeth May 
Elizabeth May was born in California, where she lived during her formative years before moving
to Scotland. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of St Andrews. When she isn’t writing or doing academics, she can be found with a camera in hand; her photography has been published on an array of book covers and in magazines.
She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband. THE FALCONER is her début novel. For more information, follow her on Twitter @_ElizabethMay or visit her website

5 Things about Elizabeth May:
1. She penned 9 unpublished manuscripts before finally writing THE FALCONER.
2. Incidentally, she wrote THE FALCONER 3 times to get it right before trying to get it published.
3. Her degrees are in anthropology, and her speciality is folklore. Which comes in handy when writing about Scottish faeries.
4. Sometimes, her face ends up on book covers. This helps her pay university tuition.
5. She wrote her first book at the age of 12, about a half-vampire with amnesia. She hasn’t been able to stop writing novels since.

Find Elizabeth Online:
Website | TumblrTwitter | Facebook | News

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favourite cover.
WOW! We've been picking some pretty amazing covers that makes a choice hard when you have two that draw you in for different reasons. I have the US version on my shelves and while it's beautiful it's almost TOO beautiful, too flawless.

And the UK cover almost feels like it's taken from a movie. It's full of action and I LOVE IT!

This week my vote goes to the UK cover. It makes me want to get lost within the pages and find out more about this female character and now I really can't wait to check this book out.
There is no doubt in my mind that it's a UK vote for me this week. While I do like the US version, the UK version just has more going on for it. I love the detail of the character, the dress, the weapons, even down the the hair on her head. I love the background illustration, and having read this book, how relevant it is to the story itself.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of The Falconer by Elizabeth May NOW!

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