Review: The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: May 6th 2014 
Source: ebook (bought)


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.       (Goodreads)

In a world where everyone believes that faeries are nothing more than bedtime stories for children, Lady Aileana Kameron knows best. A faery has taken her mother from her but her wrath will soon descend upon those of her kind that slay and feed on humans.
Edinburgh is known for its castles and its peculiar landscaping but what people don’t know is that every night Aileana grabs her weapons and hunts fae alongside Kieran. It’s a thrilling and exhilarating activity that has changed and reshaped her since her mother’s death. She’s no longer the girl who wonders who would be the best husband and revels on social high society parties, she’s a whole entire person.
The first thing that comes to my head when I think about this book is that this is a remarkable example of how sheer force of will and dedication can change someone, make them stronger. I loved the way the author took a simpleton example of how a Victorian girl in Scotland should be like and turned her into the heroine every girl wishes to be.
With beautiful writing and amazing storytelling, we get to know a young woman whose world was shattered, a young woman who has to keep her mask as a “proper lady” and keep her brave acts to herself. She doesn’t gloat and she doesn’t let people bring her down: she is strong and she convinces herself that she is going to find and kill the faerie who killed her mother.
Most of this story’s side characters end up not being mere embellishments, they are essential for the world building and to make sense of the events that come to pass: they have a prominent role through the story. It’s important to recognize when an author doesn’t merely push all the characters aside and only focuses on the hero.
I advise everyone to read and fall in love with this book! Don’t be afraid to dive into unknown waters and try something new.

1 comment

  1. I loved this book! I'm glad to see someone else loves it too! Wonderful review.

    Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader