Published by Chronicle Books
on May 6, 2014
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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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.
This is an ARC that’s been on my shelf for a couple of years. I finally picked it up as part of my renewed efforts to read the physical ARCs that I’ve had on my shelves for some time.
I wish I’d read this book sooner! I really enjoyed the world Elizabeth May created, with the steampunk and the fairie history, and I liked that she didn’t shy away from the violence of Aileana’s life.
The Falconer was fun and exciting, and that ending!! As soon as I finished, I bought the sequel, The Vanishing Throne. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!