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.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. She's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sithichean—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.
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.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacaring 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.
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal / Fantasy
Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May is the best book I've read all year! I was so happy to spot this book at the library, what a perfect novel to get me out of my recent reading slump.
The Falconer is a beautifully imagined story that combines faeries, history, a little romance, with steampunk wonder. The story starts off very quickly right in the middle of an average night of faery hunting for Aileana. As the plot unfolds Aileana is forced to face her destiny and fight with a motley group of friends to protect the world from the fae.
Aileana is a resourceful inventor and warrior, hiding as a normal lady during the day. At night she hunts for the faery who murdered her mother. I like how Aileana is aware of some ridiculous customs of the day, and hates the part she plays. She has to hide who she is and how she feels and I think many readers can relate to that. During the novel she struggles with balancing the warrior parts of herself with the more feminine and that was interesting to read.
He would probably hate my saying this but, Derrick is soooo adorable. I love that Aileana has a little fae friend that supports her and trades information for pots of honey. They bicker like siblings, and its good for Aileana to have a friend who knows her secrets.
Kiaran MacKay is my new book boyfriend and I'm claiming him as mine. ;))) Seriously, he is a fascinating character, incredibly mysterious and intriguing. He teaches Ailenana to hunt his own kind (for reasons unknown). You're never sure of his motives, and neither is Aileana. I really enjoy his relationship with Aileana, even though he is kind of jerk, he seems to care about her, and she can be herself around him. I'm excited to learn more about him in the next book, especially his hidden past.
The steampunk elements were so interesting, they really added an extra spark to the story and blended well with the fantasy side of the story. My favorite were the "stitchters" mechanical bug-like things that stitch a person up after injury. You don't often find too many books with fae and steampunk elements. That particular combination pleasantly reminded me of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.
The ending! Arggghhh! Right in the middle of a highly suspenseful situation, bam, cliffhanger! I'm not as upset as I usually would be because book #2 is available now and I have a copy in my possesion ready to devour immediately after finishing this review. ;)
About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson (aka PrincessMab) is a book reviewer, fangirl, bookworm, and writer. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books as 1/5 of the team behind the runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and listening to ASMR Boyfriend roleplays on Youtube;) She can most likely be found reading and fangirling about her current read on the various social media sites below. ^_^ Instagram & Twitter @theprincessmab | Tumblr - http://princessmabblr.tumblr.com/ | Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/princessmabwrites/