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November 22, 2015

A Shot of YA: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Series: The Falconer 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 6, 2014 
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

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 has been around for over a year and where have I been all this time?! Honestly, it's the YA label that kept me away. If not for my hunt to read a steampunk book for this week for my (almost) weekly feature, this fantastic fae fantasy would remain another collectible.

THE FALCONER is pure joy! Although it's tagged as "steampunk" in Goodreads, I don't think it is. Lady Aileana Kameron is a tinker and has a few cool apparatus in her arsenal, but amazing gadgetry does not make a book steampunk. So good news for fantasy fans who are not so keen on the steampunk genre, don't let that [mis]label deter you from picking up this striking novel!

So what is THE FALCONER?

First thing that popped in my head when I finished this is it could easily fit into Karen Marie Moning's Fever universe. The universe EMay created can be part of the history of Mackayla Lane. Aileana could easily be her ancestor and Mac might as well be a Falconer. It's that awesome, guys, and I kid you not! I'm still babbling because I know in my head I absolutely loved it, but I am robbed of the requisite eloquence to convince you to read this. 

I love EVERYTHING about THE FALCONER. There's major swoon factor involved, Aileana's attraction to her fae mentor, Kiaran MacKay, is tense, but it has yet to develop into a full-on romance so no annoying juvenile love distractions here. The fae are despicable, just the way I like 'em. And there are a lot of hints that imply terrific plot twists are on the way. My theory is Aileana's father is involved with keeping the fae behind the wall, and Kiaran has a lot to do with Aileana's mother's death, and I'm very sure that Aileana's journey will be filled with challenges and nail biting adventures.

So yeah, Elizabeth May's The Falconer series is on my radar now and f you haven't had the pleasure of reading book 1 yet, please do yourself a favor and read this, life is to short to skip on fantastical tales like this.








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39 comments:

  1. I'm literally the only person in the world who could not get into this book. In the meantime, the rest of y'all have been giving it high praises. Something's off with me, I swear.

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    1. Not quite, I was you a few days ago. there's hope for you yet lol

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  2. I have seen this one too, and I always go past it... might have to give it a whirl, it sounds sooooo good!

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    1. It was on sale, not sure if it is too in AU. It's worth every cent, go get your grabby hands on it!

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  3. Oh yes I also really enjoyed this one. I had book 2 and I'm so curious to start it now!

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    1. Oh gosh, I hope I get approved for book 2!

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  4. Aha, one of those steampunk, I never get those, make it real

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    1. It's not steampunk, I think people just think it is because she's a tinker and there are gadgets involved

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  5. This has been on my wish list since I first saw it. I may as well grab it from my library soon. Awesome review!

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  6. Well this is new to me, but I love the cover and I'm right with you Braine many times a YA label will keep me away from a read. I know that for some reasons they're important but Gah---. From your review and your mention that it would fit right in with the fab Ms. Moning's world, I'm convinced!!

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    1. Oh yes, I'm, so happy I took a chance on this and ignored the YA label. It's so so so good!!!

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  7. Interesting you just got around to this one, as you know I just got the ARC for the second. It has been a year and a half since I read this one so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I do recall though that I was irritated with the cliffhanger, but I liked everything else. Looking forward to book two.

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    1. It was irritating, like why would you cut the book at THAT part?! Oh but it whetted my appetite for some more!!!

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  8. Oh this sounds so good! I also love the connection to the Fever series (which I still need to finish) and how it would go together well with this world. I just love connections like that. I haven't heard of this one but now I think I'll add it to my wishlist.

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    1. I love everything about this! I hope book 2 is better!!!

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  9. I need to move this up way high in my tbr list. It's a shame because I have the book, love the way it sounds - I just need to devour it up with its sequel coming out soon. I'm so glad you enjoyed this YA, the writing must be very well done.
    Thanks, Braine - terrific review :)

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    1. I hope you love it, it's really awesome! It didn't get into the action part right away, but I loved how she introduced the whole thing. She took her time, but it didn't drag. It's perfect!

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  10. YA Historical Fantasy is so hard to find. Glad this one is a good one. Now on my list. Nice review, Braine!

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    1. You're welcome. I can see if I can lend it, if you like? Let me know :)

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  11. I remember buying this because of all the fabulous reviews for it and then forgot about it! Glad you are reminding me that I need to read this again. ;)

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  12. Egads, Braine! I've had this on my shelf since it released. Your comparison to the Fever series has me chomping at the bit to get started on it NOW! I'm so happy you loved it - 'cause now I *know* I will too! :D

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    1. Oh, I hope you find the motivation to do so. It's a wonderful fantasy, a one-sitter for me.

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  13. I loved the Fever series so hearing this is similiar is a good thing. I like steampunk and I also like fantasy, but it is nice to know beforehand which genre it will be. I like those books where the fea are nasty, sometimes it's just more fun when the paranormal creatures are nasty or at least not totally good. Great review!

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    1. Me too! I don't like the ones with the wands, I want them cunning and untrustworthy. Makes things more interesting.

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  14. Oh, wow! I'm glad to see you loved this so much! I've had it on my TBR list forever, but it's one of those books that I kept telling myself I would get around to later and then I sort of forgot about it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again =)

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    1. I hope you find the time to read it soon. It's worth your time

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  15. I have had this on my radar for AGES but never heard a lot about it. When we were putting in our YA order for the bookstore today I almost considered adding it but the fact that it's been out awhile made me change my mind. But I'll add it to my list. If it's not in paperback yet then I'll just wait for paperback and then add it. I definitely want to read it myself!

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  16. This looks really interested. I haven't heard of it. I avoid YA when I can. This does look like something I should consider.

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  17. I remember seeing this book back when it came out and thinking it wasn't for me. However, you got me with the mention of KMM's fever series. If you feel like it's up to par with that then I've got to give this a shot.

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  18. Okay, that synopsis literally blew me away, and your review is so damn convincing too, I HAVE to read this book. I'm not a fantasy fan, but dayummm, this just grabbed me so fast. :D Awesome review, Braine!

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  19. This one is new to me, glad you enjoyed!!

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  20. The Falconer sounds fantastic, Braine! And I haven't read this either. Now I feel like I really should ;) When you say it could fit in the Fever universe, you got me - line, hook and sinker.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  21. Woo, I'm glad you liked this one! I have been planning on picking it up for quite a while, but now it's bumped up on my TBR hehe. I love fantasies a lot, and the romance sounds quite swoon-worthy. Awesome review Braine!

    - Aila @ Happy Indulgence

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  22. Yay- happy you enjoyed this so much! It's been on my TBR for a while, but since it worked so well for you, I'll have to move it up on the list now.

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  23. I love that you've managed to pick up a few YA books recently and been pleasantly surprise with them :) Glad you were able to enjoy this

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  24. I tried to read this a few months ago. It wasn't for me personally, but I'm glad that you liked it. Good review, SW.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  25. It was the steampunk that kept me away from this one, but now that I know that part isn't heavy, I am all over it.

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