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August 9, 2017

A Shot of YA: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Series: The Falconer 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Steampunk


The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.



The Falconer, one of the best YA fantasy series that deserves more coverage and hype IMHO. What is The Falconer about? Set in 19th century Scotland, the series has a fae-based myth revolving around the infamous Wild Hunt, the never ending war between the Seelie and Unseelie, and how the survival of the world lies on a human girl called The Falconer. 

To be fair, the bones of this series is familiar with tropes like forbidden love, class (creature) inequality, friends-lovers-enemies, etc., we've all reead this kind of plot at least once so a fair question to ask is what makes it stand out from the rest? I honestly don't have a specific answer for you except for how Elizabeth May portioned the elements of the story. Like for example, the romantic element is made stronger by muting the passion between the leads and replacing it with undying faith and loyalty; Or the deliberate demonstrations of everlasting friendship, and duty to one's purpose, or how unflinching Aileana is when faced with important decisions and difficult choices like choosing her own happiness or forfeit that for the sake of peace and everyone's survival. The human element especially in this last installment, THE FALLEN KINGDOM, is written so deliberate that even the most desensitized reader will be reduced to mush.

And perhaps the most stunning and possibly my favorite part of this series is how EMay didn't shy away from devastating her readers be it from a character dying or total annihilation. This author is as cutthroat as her villains when it comes to character development which, IMO, is that one thing that gives The Falconer a leg up from the rest of its contemporaries or at least puts it in the same category as one of the best out there.

To close it off, THE FALLEN KINGDOM concluded The Falconer series perfectly. I cheered, I was nervous and anxious, I loved, laughed, and even cried! And though this ended happily, it came at such a high cost that I took the HEA as nothing but a well deserved ending for everyone.









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24 comments:

  1. I so meant to read this series this summer and I got side tracked dang it! I definitely need to read it this fall. I'm so glad you loved it!

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  2. oh I have heard so many fantastic things about this series, and I just love a story that makes you go through all your emotions.

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  3. Ohhh pretty! I want to read it

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  4. I am so happy to hear that you loved these books. I read the first when it came out and I have the next two on my Kindle but I keep putting them off. Sounds like it's time for some binge reading. I can't wait!

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  5. You know that I don't normally read YA, but this sounds like a fascinating book! Hugs...

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  6. So I'm not real big on YA but there are a few that I have devoured and loved. I think from the sounds of it this is going on my list. Thanks Braine!!!! Happy Thursday!!

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  7. I love when a familiar storyline still manages to blow me away. I'm not sure what does it, whether it's the authors's writing or the fabulous characters, but I am always on the lookout for another one.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  8. I got the first book on a sale, but have yet to read it. I've heard fab things about the series and now your take on them. Really looking forward to them especially since they are only a trilogy.

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  9. You just convinced me to push this series way up on my TBR list, even if it does end up smashing my heart, LOL.

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  10. I want to read this now! What's not to love with 19th century Scotland and fae, right? Like, where has this series been all my life :D
    Great review, Braine!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  11. I haven't read this series but I do love the cover for them. I'm glad that you liked the way everything ended.

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  12. I haven't read this series, but you have me curious!!

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  13. I hadn't heard of this one before but it does sound good.

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  14. Happy Sunday, Braine! Hugs...

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  15. I need to post my review about this one! I really liked it

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  16. You've totally sold me!! The fact that you're not big on YA usually and this total series was really good for you has me really curious. I think I may have a physical ARC of Falconer in my house, too :) Awesome review!!!!

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  17. I've heard so many good things about this series!

    For What It's Worth

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  18. Oooo. This sounds up my alley! :D Thanks for sharing about it.

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  19. I haven’t read this series yet, but I clearly should because I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE and there have been so many good reviews. Great review!! :D

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  20. This series sounds really good. Your review makes me curious about it. It sounds like this was the perfect ending to a series you enjoyed.

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  21. I have been meaning to start this series for a while now! It sounds so good and I'm glad to hear it stands out from other fantasy. Great review!

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  22. I met her this Summer at YALC! only briefly though as I've actually read any of her books but they really appeal to me!Super glad you liked the series.

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