Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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.