The Falconer by Elizabeth May Review

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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 a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—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 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 a 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.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Pages: 368

Publisher: Gollancz

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchase

The Falconer by Elizabeth May is the first book in a trilogy that I’ve had my eye on for some time. I finally got round to reading it at the end of August and I was keen to find out if the book would live up to the expectations I’d held for so long.

The Falconer started off really well. For the first fifty pages or so, the book really held my interest and I was enthusiastic about the rest of the book. After a while, though, my enthusiasm started to wane. At first I couldn’t work out why my feelings towards the book were changing. I was really enjoying May’s style of writing and the voice that she give to the main character, Aileana. I loved the fact that the faeries in this book are horrible and nasty. I thought that May evoked the setting, Edinburgh, really well. Eventually I realised that my main problem with the book is the lack of originality. I’ve read YA books like this before. Putting my positive feelings for the first 50 pages or so to the side, I ended up struggling to finish the rest of the novel.

As I have just mentioned, one of the things I did like is the writing style but this became repetitive after a while and it lost the charm it had at the beginning of the novel. The novel ends on a cliffhanger, which I’m not going to discuss because of the thing we like to call spoilers. All I will say about the ending is that it was poorly written and presented. It definitely needed more development.

Perhaps my expectations for The Falconer were too high. One of my favourite YA series is Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey books so perhaps I was unfairly expecting The Falconer to give me the same experience I had reading The Iron Fey series. Even though my high expectations have played a part in my disappointment, I didn’t find anything about The Falconer to be remarkable. There isn’t really anything about the novel that warrants me giving the book higher than the 2/5 stars I gave it on Goodreads. I won’t be continuing with this particular trilogy, sadly.

2/5 stars

– Liz


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