The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Synopsis – goodreads
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.
So … I really really really wanted to LOVE this book.
It was a slow read for at least the first 150 pages. And I mean really slow.
My biggest issue with the first half of the book is the amount of time Aileana or Kam spent talking about and expressing how angry she was with the fae* and how much she hated them and how much the death of her mother motivates her to kill and slaughter them. After the first chapter, we (the reader) were constantly thrown in the same inner monologue and it was, for lack of a better word, annoying.
It’s almost like having that friend in a bad relationship constantly saying that one terrible thing about it over and over and over and OVER again. Like girl … we get it!
But still, I trudged on hoping that it would pick up. And it did in the second half.
In fact it started to get so good that I ended up finishing the book in one sitting. And when I finished and was left on that major cliffhanger, I read a bit of the sneak peek of the next book The Vanishing Throne. And if I’m being honest the adrenaline rush I get when reading a good series, when you can’t wait to continue reading, wore off and I was left … unfulfilled.
More than that I’m not convinced, at least for right now, that I want to continue the series.
I gave it a three stars on goodreads but honestly I give this book 2.75 ⭐️.
I know that this was more of an opinion piece and I didn’t dive into plot, character development, descriptions etc. For my not so positive reviews they will probably be more in this direction.