Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared throught the Fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil Fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.
Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana's memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she's about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecogniable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.
The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater dangter awaits: the human and fae words may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life....
Genre: Young Adult / Historical / Fantasy / Steampunk
Review: After book #1, The Falconer, ended with a heart pounding cliff hanger, I was eager to read the next in the series. The Vanishing Throne is every bit as magical and exciting as book #1, if not more!
After failing to stop the fae from invading her home, Aileana has to put the pieces of her shattered world back together. During the story she is nearly destroyed, first by the confines of Lonnrach's faery prison, then by her overwhelming guilt about the remnants of her world. This book deals more with the internal struggle, which is written wonderfully. We know that Aileana is strong and capable, but it's nice to see her vulnerable side, too. Despite the painful trials she goes through in this book Aileana keeps fighting and really grows as a character. I'm looking forward to seeing where she ends up in book #3.
The first book in this series was amazing and book #2 does not disappint. The thrilling, exciting adventure continues as we venture to new cities of the fae. Each setting is masterfully described as well as extremely different and creative. From the scary to the beautiful, the homes of the fae are as unique as the creatures themselves. The author has a wonderful imagination.
We learn more about Kiaran Mackay, known in the faery realm as Kadamach. The biggest revelation about Kiaran blew me away. I was not expecting it. As we readers know from book #1 Kiaran did many awful deeds in his day, but honestly every time he revealed something bad he had done in the past I just wanted to hug him. I don't want to give away his back story but he has come so far as a character. His feelings for Aileana , make him a better person, more human, and I just love him. His tenderness to Aileana is truly endearing. We know that he has a hard time with emotions so the fact that he is so sweet and caring towards her (and almost no one else) speaks to their deep connection.
We are introduced to Kiaran's sister, Aithinne. A witty, mad-as-a-hatter, badass warrior. Her presence reveals a different side of Kiaran, and the history between the two is fascinating. Also, some familiar faces from Aileana's past, the human survivors fighting against an unrelenting enemy.
In this installment of the series an abundance of faery secrets are revealed, as well as long held alliances, betrayals, and a fascinating history that brings to light the motivations of friends and enemies.
At the end Elizabeth May hits us again with a rockin' cliffhanger. It's going to be a painful wait for book #3, however completely worth it because I can't wait to find out what happens next in this awesome story!
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