I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Falconer by Elizabeth May
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Steampunk, YA
Published by Chronicle Books Pages: 378
Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.
Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.
But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?
I’ve Memorized their every accusation: Murderess. She did it. She was crouched over her mother’s body, covered in blood.
From that first sentence I could tell this was going to be a good one!
What I thought of this book
Lady Aileana Kameron witnessed her mothers death but because she never seemed to grieve for her mother others think she killed her. What they don’t know is that a faery killed her mother and ever since that day she has took to the streets with Kiaran another faery and trains. She kills faeries right along side Kiaran, but she must never forget that he is not human but also fae. Aileana will do anything to kill the fae that killed her mother, but now she has been told she is a falconer and it changes things a little bit. Now the fate of her country is in her hands. As a falconer she has the ability to seal back the door that is cracking open between her world and the faes.
Aileana is one kick ass heroine and I love her. She is out for revenge and she has the scars to prove it. She attends the balls and tries to act like the debutante she is suppose to be but she will never be the same as them, she has a killer instinct when it comes to fae. She craves it. Though she does have a few fae allies it’s best that she remembers in the end they are all fae. Kiaran is a very strong fae and you really want to know why he kills his own. He wasn’t always this way but why did he make a vow to not kill humans anymore. As most fae are he is very handsome but as a falconer Aileana is a bit more immune to being faestruck than others so it hits her a bit off guard when she realizes she has come to care for him.
Derrick is a little pixie with a lot of attitude and a love for honey. He lives in her dressing room and mends her clothing for honey. Derrick lends a bit of humor to the story and I love him.
Aileana is really forced to try and balance her duties as an heiress and her duties as a falconer. When her friends brother comes back home, someone she use to have a crush on, she finds out he is a seer. She doesn’t want to get him into the battle with the fae but she has no choice when they are attacked. Gavin, is very aristocratic in his demeanor but because he is a seer he understand Aileana a bit more than others might.
I really enjoyed this first installment of the Falconer series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The pacing of the story to me was really fast and it was so action packed. I just had to know what happens next so the cliffhanger ending is killing me!! I was a bit confused at first because it just cuts off at a most crucial time in the story and then has Aileana’s diary of fae and I sat there for a moment thinking..is that it..is it over..wait..but what happens!!!! I hate cliffhangers!!! Other than that it was a great read and if you like fae and fantasy with a kick ass heroine then I think you will enjoy this one!
*All quotes where taken from the eARC so just know that they could have changed in the final product.