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June 5, 2016

A Shot of YA: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Series: The Falconer 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical

The second book in the Falconer trilogy is packed with surprises and suspense.

Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Rich with imaginative detail, action, fae lore, and romance, The Vanishing Throne is a thrilling sequel to The Falconer.




And THE VANISHING THRONE by Elizabeth May is indeed packed with thrilling surprises and suspense that gave me anxiety. The revelations alone had my mind reeling! These fae, there's nothing simple about them, their lives might be long, but I think they're more volatile and human than us! The Falconer 2 picked up shortly where the first book left us. Aileana Kameron, the last Falconer, is held prisoner by Lonnarch and suffered such grave torture at the hands of the evil fae. Meanwhile, it's been three years since Aileana has gone missing and Edinburgh is unrecognizable as the Wild Hunt has been unleashed and death and devastation is everywhere.

THE VANISHING THRONE suffered from no sophomore or sequel syndrome. The plot developed in the most epic way possible and Alieana is forced to endure and fight in an endless cycle of confrontations, near misses, mishaps, and small victories. I'm emotionally invested in the plot in the first tenth of the novel, while EMay didn't draw Aileana's PTSD in an angsty way, it is haunting and you can tell that it starts to chip away at her confidence and trust towards the people around her. 

The Falconer Trilogy is hands down one of the best fae fantasy I've read period. Alieana's epic adventure and quest to save the world will stay with you long before you've read the last word. With its cleverly written plot and startling revelations, the books are filled with tension combined with a lot of surprising twists that continuously tip the scales between the good and the bad guys while blurring those same lines. The Falconer and THE VANISHING THRONE will keep you in excited and often times, anxious, anticipation of what's to happen next. All of the characters from the main ones down to the supporting cast are vividly written and portrayed that they all leave a lasting impression. It's hard to forget anyone at this point and let's not forget that jaw dropping ending. It's not exactly a cliffhanger like the first one, but it's a game changer for sure. 

I can't wait for the ending, from the looks of it, it's going to be one helluva fight.











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28 comments:

  1. This looks really great Braine. It is not a series that I'm familiar with. I'm going to have to check it out. Is this series going to be a trilogy or do we know yet? Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Yes, it looks like it'll just be a trilogy.

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  2. So you think I'd love this one too? :)

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    1. I think you will. It's not your typical YA where the romance is the plot driver. The heroine is very level headed and far from annoying

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  3. I really had a great time with this one as well!

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    1. Can't wait for the next one, the waiting is going to be hard!

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  4. Gah. I wish I wasn't so allergic to fantasy books.

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    1. You are?? No. But I just saw you bought The Raven King and I know you read Maas...

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  5. LOL Allergic to fantasy books. They are hit and miss with me, but with your recommendation this is one I would give a try.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I have a slight allergy to MOST YA. This is an exception

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  6. I have The Falconer sitting on my shelf...collecting dust. Gah! Now I *must* read it and soon! I don't know if I even realized it had fae. I will admit to being a total cover whore for The Falconer. ;)

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    1. I truly love this series. It's so understated, it deserves more buzz because it's really good!

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  7. I'm always hesitant of books that include fae but you have me mighty tempted!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Try a sample that way you won't be saddled with two books in case you don't like it

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    1. I'm surprised you haven't read these yet!

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  9. I really hope to start this trilogy soon. I've been wanting to grab The Falconer from the library for some time now.

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    1. I think you will love this one, Lekeisha! She did a good intro with the world, the myth, and the premise of the story. It's far from boring

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  10. So need to start that first book. This is the second brilly review of the sophomore book. Adding them both to the wishlist (okay, only this one since the first was already there LOL). Cannot wait to start these.

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    1. I hope you start it soon! And if you end up loving The Falconer, it helps that this one is already out. The first book ended on a painful cliffie!

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  11. I remember how much you enjoyed the first book, so I am glad to hear the second book is just as good. I enjoy a good fea book even though I don't read them as often. i recently read the first two books in a YA fae series and it makes me want to pick up more of those books. I might gives this series a try eventually as it sounds really good!

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    1. Which series are you talking about? I have an appetite for more fae fantasy too after reading this

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  12. And now you remind me why I wanted the first one. Glad to see this is a solid sequel and blew your mind. :)

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    1. IN case you start the series, make sure you have this one handy as the first one ended on a steep cliffhanger

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  13. I keep forgetting about this trilogy, I need to read The Falconer. Great review.

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  14. I haven't read the first book yet, but I'm glad to see that the second book didn't have that dreaded sophomore syndrome!

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  15. I love this review - I can feel how much you enjoyed this series and I want to jump on it too! I have book one and I'm going to go find it. It sounds like I should have the sequel handy though :)

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  16. What a pretty cover. Yay for those reads that hook you so quickly! Hope the trilogy ends well for ya :)

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