Review of The Falconer

Posted January 6, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Review of The Falconer

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
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss


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?

First Line

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.

“What do you feel?” He’s behind me. I whirl, blade raised, but he grabs my arm shoves me again. When I swipe at where he was, he’s already gone. “Annoyed.”

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.

Derrick flies out of the dressing room. His wings are fluttering so fast, they blur. At the sight of me, he halts and lets out a whistle.

“I feel I must inform you: You look like hell.”

I shove the lever that brings up the door, then slam my palm against the wooden wall panel. “Thank you,” I say dryly. “How very kind of you.”

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.

“What the hell was that?” Gavin says, I pull myself to my feet, hands shaking. “I should have mentioned they breathe burning mist, shouldn’t I?” “Your ability to communicate is atrocious, did you know that?”

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 that 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.

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11 responses to “Review of The Falconer

  1. Loved, loved, loved this book! I think it ended up being my favourite book of 2014 😀 And Kiaran!!! Oh man, I NEED the sequel right now. Nice review and glad to see you liked it 🙂

  2. I never realized this book was about Fea, I heard some good things about it, but not sure whether it’s a book for me. I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings either, although sometimes they work. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one!

  3. Yeah, the first sentence had me hooked enough that I had to see what you thought of this. I LOVE the fae, that’s like a keyword for me to read a book. And the pixy sounds awesome – I lol at that “you look like hell” line! Love it! Adding to my tbr. Great review Stormi.

  4. This actually reminds me of the series I am reading now, only she’s a kick ass vampire hunter at night instead, and it’s historical as well-The Gardella Vampire Hunters by Colleen Gleason-it’s really great as well. This sounds like I need to check it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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