Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: This book was given to me by NetGalley in e-arc form for an honest review.
First off, can I have a pixie that has an awesome attitude and mends clothing for honey? Yes? No? Someday?
This being my first steam punk novel, I thought it was great. I love the gadgets and vehicles Aileana made. Especially the ornithopter which is a flying machine that has bat-like wings. It is also an historical fiction which grabbed me from the start.
“Crimson suits you best.”
Aileana’s mother was murdered by a boabhan sith, a type of faeire or sithichean. After that happens Aileana develops a gift to sense faeries and goes on a nightly murdering spree, killing the fae that lures and murders humans.
“What you want isn’t important.”
Her already estranged relationship with her father, a marquess, worsens and he demands she marries before winter. He cannot handle the rumors that have been going around about his daughter and agrees to a marriage from a long time friend of Aileana’s. She disagrees but goes along with it because it is her duty to her father.
“I’m like him. I’m a monster too.”
Aileana teams up with Kiaran MacKay, a daoine sith, to hunt and kill all of the fae that are murdering humans in the night. He trains her to become a strong fighter against the fae because one day she will need those skills. We find out that Kiaran has been hiding a huge secret among many other secrets that cause Aileana to rethink her plan about killing the one that murdered her mother.
There is a ton of action in this book. About every other page a fight occurred, either between Aileana and Kiaran or those two with other fae. Some parts felt dark because she kept going back to her mother’s murder. She’s obsessed with finding the boabhan sith. Which I did find kind of too obsessive as she kept reliving the same sentence over and over. It makes her bloodthirsty and craves the power she receives when she kills a faerie.
I loved the side characters; her best friend, Catherine, her pixie, Derrick, Gavin who is her past crush and Catherine’s brother, Dona, her house maid, and Lady Cassilis, Catherine and Gavin’s mother. I would’ve love to read more about Catherine. I wish she was more involved in Aileana’s secret.
Lastly, let’s not forget about that ending! What was that? That was the worse cliffhanger ever! I could not believe it ended like that. I believe Elizabeth wrote it that way so people would read book two but come on! You better believe I will be getting my hands on that book as soon as possible.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. There was Scottish folklore, a badass female protagonist, action, humor and faeries. I can’t wait to read book two and more of Elizabeth May’s work.