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The Falconer (Falconer Series #1)
     

The Falconer (Falconer Series #1)

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by Elizabeth May
 

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Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope.

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery

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Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope.

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
In this debut novel, first in a trilogy, May brings to life a steampunk version of Victorian Scotland beset by vicious faeries. Young aristocratic Aileana Kameron has been training to hunt and kill these faeries for the past year, each one—she hopes—bringing her closer to the baobhan sìth that eviscerated her mother. She soon discovers that her bloodlust is no accident: she’s a Falconer, last in a legendary line of faerie hunters. With the most powerful faeries about to break loose from their prison, Aileana has only six days to learn to control her powers. There’s palpable sexual tension between Aileana and her faerie mentor, Kiaran; unfortunately he falls prey to many familiar tropes (he’s a semi-reformed killer who refuses to discuss his past, especially the loss of a past love very much like Aileana). Even so, fans of Gail Carriger’s work in particular should enjoy the combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike. Ages 14–up. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (May)
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"A character and a world that breathes life into fantasy."—Library Media Connection"

[A] fascinating, unique world. May's writing is exquisite and demands a close reading to take everything in. readers will be anxious for the next installment."-School Library Journal"

Witty dialogue, nonstop action, and campy humor. More, please."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

This book was AWESOME. It's full of well-worn tropes and clichés.but somehow transcends them all to become some new animal that is the best of all its borrowed parts." — Billie Bloebaum, Powell's"

Simply put, my favorite YA paranormal this year. A must read!"—New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout"

It's very rare to find a YA fantasy that blends the otherworldly with a very real and raw heroine. I ate up this story and mourned when it was over. The Falconer is a standout read."—Read. Breathe. Relax."

I couldn't get enough of this steampunk world and all it's awesome gadgets."—Owl Always Be Reading"

Forget Bella, banish Katniss and Expelliarmus Hermione-there is a new breed of ass-kicker intown. . . . Elizabeth May's debut is a wicked cocktailof Jane Austen and the Grimms' fairy tales."—Claire Nicholls, SciFiNow"

Ball gowns, blood, and an evil fairy determined to bring about the end of the world-this comedy of manners has it all."—School Library Journal Curriculum Connections"

Aileana is an amazing, brave hero... the writing crackles with wit."—Booklist"

A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action—I burned through this sparkling debut!" —Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series"

A combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her own against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike."—Publishers Weekly

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Stacy Holbrook
Aileana Kameron, daughter of a marquess, is a polite, mild-mannered, young aristocratic woman in nineteenth-century Scotland. She fulfills her obligations of attending balls and entertaining potential suitors at teas. But she also has a secret life: hidden under the aristocratic façade, Aileana is a Falconer—she hunts faeries, kills them, and enjoys every second of it. Her faery hunting begins after seeing her mother murdered; Aileana becomes so full of rage that she no longer seeks a husband, as is her duty as a woman of eighteen, but seeks only vengeance. She trains with Kiaran, a powerful faery hiding many secrets; she hides Derrik, a pixie with a penchant for mending her torn garments who lives in her dressing room, and Gavin, a friend and human seer who helps her in both of the lives she leads. The Falconer is an action-packed, violently gratifying, and darkly addictive novel—the first in a trilogy. It is the perfect blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and steampunk, with enough romance and humor to have readers devouring each page as Aileana learns more about the fae, Kiaran, and herself. This new trilogy will delight fans of Robin LeFevers’s Grave Mercy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012/Voya February 2012) and Libba Bray’s A Great And Terrible Beauty (Random House, 2003/Voya April 2004), who will find a similar girl power vibe as Aileana defies her aristocratic heritage to fight the fae. Reviewer: Stacy Holbrook; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Victoria Quint
The Falconer is a fast-paced faery-hunting adventure with a strong heroine craving vengeance. Aileana Kameron stars and becomes well known to the reader, as the story is from her point of view. The biggest downfall is that Aileana’s mentor, Kiaran, is conflictingly described. There is plenty of violence, but it is not grossly described. That being said, readers must enjoy action and be able to tolerate violence to truly enjoy the novel. Reviewer: Victoria Quint, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—In this debut novel set in an alternate 19th-century Scotland, Aileana, daughter of the Marques, has a secret: she is a faerie hunter. Aileana's world changed when she witnessed her mother violently killed by an evil faerie. Since then, the teen has been secretly training with the extremely powerful, mysterious, and good-looking Kiaran, a Daoine Sith who has given up his violent, human-killing past. Aristocratic life means nothing to Aileana anymore—all that matters is avenging her mother's death. Her killing routine gets more complicated when the fae realize that she is a Falconer, a sacred fae-killing assassin. War is coming, and Aileana is humanity's only hope, aided by Kiaran; Gavin, a Seer and future love triangle interest; and Derrick, her hysterical pixie companion. The Falconer mixes the ever-popular female assassin archetype with steampunk and Scottish faerie lore, creating a fascinating, unique world. Unfortunately, the steampunk-inspired technology does not play a large role in the story, and neither does the Scottish setting. Despite this shortcoming, May's writing is exquisite and demands a close reading to take everything in. Aileana's motives are pretty two-dimensional, but May does a good job showing the protagonist's conflicted feelings about being a killer. Aileana's Beastiary, which catalogs the fae at the end of the novel, is a nice touch. The story ends on a cliff-hanger and readers will be anxious for the next installment in this planned trilogy.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-12
Steampunk fantasy based on Scots folklore. Aileana Kameron is haunted by the murder of her mother at the hands of the baobhan sìth, the last of her kind. Few in this version of 1844 Edinburgh know that the fae of folklore are real and about to launch an assault on humankind. But Aileana is a Falconer, a fae-killer, though she doesn't know that until more than 100 pages in. She is being trained by the darkly beautiful fae Kiaran, who defends humans against his own kind, and she is protected by lesser fae Derrick. The tale unwinds in the first person, so readers learn much by Aileana's talking about it. She invents and crafts her steampunk weaponry, including an ornithopter with bat's wings in which she has mounted a swiveling crossbow. She fights off various orders of fae with or without Kiaran's help, with or without the Seer Gavin, to whom she is semireluctantly affianced. Aileana repeatedly describes the horror of her mother's death and the visceral satisfaction of slaughtering the fae but never allows readers to feel those things. Repetitive phrases about her boots sinking into wet grass and her not being able to breathe become distracting, as does her constant refrain about lying to everyone she knows. It ends in the middle of a battle, at a key moment. Readers may not be anxious for the next overwrought volume. (fae taxonomy) (Steampunk. 13-17)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452114231
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Elizabeth May's Falconer Series , #1
Pages:
378
Sales rank:
115,387
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Elizabeth May hails from California and is currently a PhD student in social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Falconer is her first novel.

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The Falconer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the lore mixed with steampunk. It made for an interesting read. Characters could have been better but hey, I'm still totally going to read the next book in the series.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars For the first half of the book, I was pretty sure that I was going to end up loathing this book. Around 60% into the novel, however, the action really picked up, and I found myself enchanted by the dark, compelling world of "faeries." I use quotation marks because Kiaran calls them something else, a term I wish I'd written down because I can't remember how to spell it. As my feelings progressed from near loathing to genuine interest, it's appropriate to start with what I didn't like. One of my first grievances about the book was the poor world building. I don't know much about Scotland or historical periods, but I didn't really feel immersed in the Scottish culture and the time period. The language had more of a modern feel in spite of the occasional aye's and wee's. Though the story introduces different types of faeries early on, Aileana doesn't give much away about what they are and where they fall in the faerie hierarchy. It's not until later, more powerful faeries enter the storyline that more detailed classifications are offered, and I could piece together a better idea of her world. Even then, so much is left open. We only ever get a small taste of it in this first book. I get that Aileana is furious at her mother's murderer. So furious and filled with anger that it crosses into obsession as she goes around killing faeries. When she keeps talking about how angry she is, however, it gets old fast. And she did this quite a bit in the beginning. This makes it difficult to see past the anger into the naive, hopeful girl she claims she used to be. It doesn't help that she dallies around in giving a full explanation for why she feels compelled to kill faeries. She also likes how drunk she gets on the rush of faerie power, but she doesn't explain what it is and how exactly it influences her. It wasn't until late into the story that I realized that killing faeries gives her more than an adrenaline rush. Aileana is hot-headed character, and I can see why she'd be considered likable. However, I find it very difficult to like characters that lash out on the spur of the moment and take pleasure in making their feelings known without considering the consequences. For example, hough Kiaran is responsible for saving her life and training her to fight, Aileana will lash out at him and seems to feel justified in demanding he confide his secrets to her. Secrets that torment him. I understand that she doesn't trust him because of who he is, but her behavior seems to have more emotional than rational drive. Considering how hot he is though, I can't blame her for losing some control around him. I'll leave it to you to read the book to find out what happens along this vein. Other than Aileana, and Kiaran to some extent, the characters remain static. This doesn't mean that they're any less likable. I love Derrick. He's absolutely adorable! I wish that I had a pixie like him—maybe, probably. While he can get on Aileana's nerves, his usefulness and, more importantly, friendship outweigh the cons. Catherine and Gavin are wonderful, supportive characters. These are the friends I'd trust with my secrets and would want to have my back. Not to say that the story couldn't have used more character development though, especially in the first half as characters were being introduced. The action scenes are what really bring the story to life. The 'evil' faeries really come to life in horrific detail, and the suspense is built up. I felt myself rushing through the streets with Aileana and cringing as she endured torturous wounds to complete her missions. I felt the rush of power as she conquered yet another enemy and pride in the badges she accumulated on her body. And I found myself liking her a little. It's also pretty cool how there's some steampunk technology mixed in. As the story progressed, the action becomes more intense, climaxing in a nasty cliffhanger that has been melting in a puddle bemoaning the situation. Why????? As it is, I must wait until I can get a copy of the next book within my grasp to find out what happens. Other than that, I would definitely like to see more world building and character development. And definitely more epic action scenes. I know I've complained about her thus far, but Aileana is pretty badass when it comes to killing faeries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the development between the main characters. Pretty good read especially for a dollar... I hope there's a sequel She definitely leaves you hanging
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never rated or wrote a review on any books i have read until this one. Wow... just wow... Well written. I bought this book on a whim; I needed something new to read. I thought it would be angsty like a lot of paranormal romance books nowadays, but not so much. The romance is pretty straight to the point as well as the plot. The heroine is straight to the point with her suitor and her love interest. And the plot doesn't drag on. Straight to the point. There's humor and classy smartass-ness. Thumbs up for Ms. May!! I'm definitely looking forward to books 2 & 3!!
BookFanatic132 14 days ago
It’s been a long time since I’ve encountered a book that pulls me in so deep, that I devour it. I first started this book on an airplane, which was a very bad idea. This meant that I was going to be interrupted as I landed, and wouldn’t really be able to keep reading until much, much later. This is the type of book that hooks you from the very beginning. No slow burn, but a hot intensity that makes you feel as if you’re right there with Aileana, no holds barred. Aileana is a very special woman, and not just because of her abilities. She’s special because of her resilience. I really liked that even though she is an amazing fighter, she also has weaknesses. I’ve encountered so many main characters that have no flaws, the only thing holding them back is the enemy. But here, we encounter a main character that is not only strong, but also vulnerable. Sure, that vulnerability isn’t what she needs. But when is it? It allows us, as readers, to connect with her in such a way that makes the book that much better. She has flaws, but she wouldn’t be herself without them. Honestly, it makes the book so much better knowing that despite her flaws (or perhaps because them), she is able to truly do her best. Kirian… I didn’t really know how to feel about him. It didn’t help that Aileana didn’t either. Their relationship is incredibly complicated, and the fact that he is a sìthíchean, or faery, makes it that much harder. Because there’s one rule that he’s taught her—and that’s to never trust the fae. But when a sìthíchean like him—who teaches her to fight his own kind—seems to care for her, how can she not trust him? I absolutely loved the relationship between these two, because it wasn’t clear-cut. There are doubts and secrets between them, and that makes the relationship that much forbidden. And we don’t even truly know if we can trust him. At all. Oh! And the sweet Gavin. Such a sweet man. He doesn’t make an appearance until further in the book, but this man is truly “the boy next door,” who seems to be mild and kind, and with whom Aileana could truly have a future with. If only the faeries didn’t exist. But Gavin intrigued me. I didn’t have such a connection to him as I did to Kirian, mostly because I didn’t know enough about him. He and Aileana have a past, but we don’t really know it. We didn’t experience it. And for those worries about a love triangle—don’t worry. It’s not truly a love triangle because for Aileana, Gavin isn’t a romantic option. He’s her friend. And last, but not least, is Catherine. The best friend. I truly call her the best friend, because she does what only best friends do: trust. She trusts Aileana so much so that she covers for her without even knowing the truth. I can’t really say much about her, because she wasn’t really there a majority of the time, but what I saw, I loved. This book will burn a hole through your heart, especially at the end where IT LEAVES OFF AT A CLIFFHANGER. It’s been a while since I encountered a cliffhanger so cliffhangery that I can’t even. This book is part of a trilogy, however, and the second book is already out. So you—and I—won’t have to wait very long to find out what happens. And the third one is projected to be published this year. So, honestly, yes it’s a cliffhanger, but at least the books are mostly all out. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves steampunk, magic, drama, suspense, and forbidden romances. Oh, and who doesn’t mind cliffhangers.
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taramichelle 11 months ago
Warning: Before you begin reading this book, make sure to have the sequel readily available because you will want it right away. I didn't have the second book and spent a few minutes staring at a wall after turning the last page. The Falconer originally lured me in with the promise of steampunk, Scotland, and fae. It absolutely delivered on every single one of those promises. This series is incredibly addictive and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Aileana is such a wonderfully broken character. When we first meet her, her world has been torn apart by her mother's death and the knowledge of what she witnessed that night. Aileana revels in her nightly hunts of the fae, savoring the power and sense of revenge each death brings her. What I particularly liked about this book is that she still conformed to (or at least attempted to) the standard of high society. While she didn't like them, she still accepted the power they had over her life. Many books gloss over the social repercussions of being different in that time period and I loved that this one didn't. The world building was a little skimpy and left me with many questions (and the need to read the second book to find out more). I hope to see the world fleshed out in the rest of the trilogy. Most of the explanations about the world came up as Aileana learned about them. Since she doesn't know much herself, the reader is left wondering about some things (such as her powers, what's special about her bloodline, etc). However, there was enough world-building to allow me to enjoy the novel without feeling as if I was missing essential pieces of information. Onto my favorite character. Derrick was funny, warm-hearted, and good (as well as sassy and honey-obsessed). The inclusion of a good fae to contrast with the morally ambiguous and evil ones was a brilliant idea of the authors. I loved his relationships with both Aileana and Kiaran. Now I just need to figure out how to lure him (or a pixie like him) into my closet to take care of my clothes.... The romance was one of the weaker aspects of this book for me. Aileana seemed to flip-flop between her feelings for the two men in her life, occassionally giving me whip-lash. Also, Kiaran's romantic history was too shadowed in mystery to make me truly root for him. I can see the chemistry between them but would have liked a little bit more detail/fleshing out of their relationship. The Falconer is definitely worth a read if you enjoy this genre. The author made some excellent character choices across the board that allowed it to stand out from some similar novels I've read recently. I was so engrossed in the characters and the excellently paced plot that I didn't realize I had finished the book before turning the last page. I am definitely going to continue with this series (particularly after that absolutely brutal cliffhanger!!) *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
The Falconer, book one of The Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May, is interesting from the first page! The main character, Kam, is listening to gossiping ladies talk about how she supposedly killed her mother. This intrigued me plenty, but then Faeries are introduced into the story. Kiaran is an intriguing, enigmatic and mysterious faerie. Gavin is an old friend who plunges headfirst into danger and into the fae world with Kam. I enjoyed the dynamics between Gavin and Kam and Kam and Kiaran, the banter pulled me into the story even more. I'm curious about Kiaran's whole being, past and purpose. The fae vocabulary, the detailed bestiary at the end of the book, the descriptions of the struggles Kam deals with and the beautiful characters make this book hard to put down - 5 stars!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've had this book for a while and for some reason, never got around to reading it. Even after hearing amazing things about it. I loved Aileana. She's strong and smart and seriously a BAMF. Kiaran is interesting and the tension between the two of them is off the charts. I adored Catherine and Gavin and hope we see more of them. Hands down, Derrick stole every single scene he was in. The plot did get a bit dense here and there. I'm still not 100% on wtf is happening or why, but I'm intrigued and invested enough to keep reading. And after an ending like that, I can't wait to start the next book. **Huge thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
This book replays the same chapter over and over again; I had to force myself to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time i read it. I literaly COULD NOT put this book down! I think this is the only match iv ever seen to the Eeragon series. This book is the perfect mix of fantacy, adventure, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to know os i can see if it a long book or short one or between os if it lest then the 223 or 100 think about it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not catch my attention. :/ SORRY!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ood story and great imagination
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book waswell written with just enough of all elements to keep you wanting more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a Nook Daily Find, so I was hesitant at first. However, after finishing this book, I am impatiently awaiting books two and three! I was very impressed with May's ability to create a fantasy/supernatural story without sounding too much like Twilight, the Mortal Instruments, or so many other authors. Her writing is very good- I was hooked from the first chapter! The story progresses at a nice pace and it is a fun read! I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good and quick read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.
KEMA28 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5 This book is a heart-pounding, action packed debut novel. It is fast-paced, full of suspense, action, intriguing Scottish mythological creatures, riveting world building, a huge dose of steampunk everything, and a great cast of realistic characters. Aileana Kameron (known as Kam)is an eighteen year old girl who witnessed her mother being murdered by a sithichean, a baobhan sith - a feary. From that fateful night, Kam now slays the fae before they kill people. The main reason that drives her into killing fae is revenge - to destroy the faery who killed her mother. She has been trained and mentored by Kiaran, a faery, to learn how to kill each type of sithichean. To help aid Kam in her killings, she invents ingenious weapons and tools such as lightning pistols, a sonic cannon, an ornithopter, and much more. But what she does not know is that she is a Falconer. Kam is part of the last line of female warriors that were born with the gift for hunting and killing the fae. She is the last surviving Falconer alive. Only she can prevent the massacre of humanity from the fae who are thirsty for human life and destruction. Kam is a strong, smart, sassy, feisty, stubborn heroine who grows on you throughout the book. She is a well rounded character who was very realistic. Many people can relate to her. What I also liked about her is how she is comfortable in her own skin, that she can stand and fight for herself, and how she doesn't care what society sees her as. She'd rather go against what society dictates and just be herself. Kiaran is a strong, stubborn, and smart fae that you grow to really like as the book goes on. At first, he is cold, calculating, harsh, and unemotional. But as secrets and old scars come out into the open, he grows on you. Derrick is a hilarious pixie who loves honey but most of all he is very loyal. He is the comedic character in this book who lives is Kam's closet sewing and mending clothing. These three are great characters that add so much depth to this book because each one is realistic (even though two of them are fae). Overall, this is a very enjoyable debut novel. I loved every minute of it and could not get enough of it. Now I just have to wait for almost a year to read the next installment!
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
5 Stars THE FALCONER was PHENOMENAL!!! From it's Scotland lure, to it's vengeance and murder, to it's THRILLING, action-packed adventure, and heart-pounding, slow burning romance, that sent heat rising, and toes curling, THE FALCONER was exceptional, and did NOT disappoint!!! THE FALCONER is indescribably AWESOME!!! I can pretty much say that I loved just about everything about this book. I listened to most of it on audio, but also read some from the physical book. But honestly, I think I preferred listening to it rather then reading it. The narration was flawless, and one of the best I've come across in a long time. The characters were developed and had all the character traits I love. Aileana was broken and determined, fierce and deadly, but still capable of love and compassion. She was able to play her part to the T: Lady by day, elegant and noble, hunter my night, killer and deadly. And she was soooo good at it. Even though they both started to bleed into each other by the end of the book, she still played her part regardless of opinions. She was the perfect character for this book. I loved Aileana and can't wait to see how much more deadly and dangerous she becomes to her enemies in book two. And Aileana's mentor, and close but distant friend, Kiaran McKay was the perfect example of AWESOME!!! Ruthless and cunning, dark and dangerous, deadly, but loyal to his cause, and determined to right his many wrongs. He was the perfect mentor for Aileana—smart, skilled, strong, powerful, deadly, and pushed her to the breaking to teach her her weaknesses. And he was so dam sexy at doing it!!! The world-building was unique and VERY well done. I loved the historical and Scotland background, intertwined with dark and dangerous faery's tearing the city apart. I thought the elegant lady by day and huntress killer by night was brilliant, and tied into the rest of the plot with ease and grace. It was just phenomenal!!! I loved the way it was done, written and narrated!! Yup, it's safe to say I pretty much loved everything about this novel and characters!!! THE PLOT Heiress... Debutant... Murderer... Aileana Kameron is a Lady by day, and a killer by night... She's been that way since last year, when her mother was murdered, torn to shreds and had her heart ripped from her chest right in front of her. But the person, or should I say thing, that killed her mother wasn't even human at all. She ordinarily wouldn't be able to see them, the predators preying on the weak, but she was wearing the thistle—A plant that gives humans the abilities to see their predators coming. And the predator that she seen that unforgettable night, was more terrifying and deadly, then anything she's ever laid her eyes on. But that was just the beginning for Aileana, aka Kam... They hunt weak humans, they devour their energy and kill them after their sucked dry. They are in all forms and shape, they are strong and mighty, they are imprisoned under the city, and they are breaking free little by little.They will either end the human race, or imprison them all. They are dangerous and deadly, and have many different strengths, and they are preparing to rise up and rule again, and if not stopped, they will defeat and conquer, and all will be lost to the human race. They are called Faerys, and they are coming.... Only one can save the human race from death and imprisonment, and she is the last of her kind, the last remaining Falconer with the power to stop them. But she is only one against many, she is just learning and acquainting herself with her capabilities, she has yet to come into the ultimate power of a Falconer, but she will give her life to save them all. She is a hunter, the hunted, a predator, the prey, a killer, the rescuer, unstoppable, the defeat-able, she is lady Aileana, last Falconer and Scotland's only hope, and she will rise up and fight for them all... Dark, dangerous and deadly—all my favorite qualities in a book, and THE FALCONER had them all and MORE!!!! The dark essence and deadly demeanor that THE FALCONER portrays is precise and flawless. I can not even come close in expressing the full depth of my love for this book. And that ending was strait TORTURE!!! It should really be freaking illegal to end a book like that, SERIOUSLY!!!! ;) Overall, THE FALCONER is one of the best fantasies I've read this year, and it will definitely be going on my favorites shelf where it will stay. I loved everything about this world; from the elegant, yet rough writing, to the superb acting of the narration, it was all just flawless and addicting, and totally time worthy. I would HIGHLY recommend this novel/series to ALL fantasy and paranormal fans out there!!! Their really is NO WAY it could possibly disappoint!!! THREE WORDS: READ. . . IT. . . NOW. . .
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EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
The Falconer is a rare type of fantasy book, one that carefully blends a number of different characteristics to create a one-of-a-kind story. This is a fantasy with powerful fae and a hint of steampunk which is sure to please readers looking for a thrilling adventure. Reasons to Read: 1. Plenty of action: The Falconer starts with a bang and ends with one. The action in this story just never ends! I loved how fast-paced it was, but the fight scenes and action was also purposeful. I think this is a feature that will appeal to many readers who enjoy plenty of excitement in their books, but with a reason and explanation for all of it. 2. An intelligent main character: I really like protagonists to be smart and Aileana is a perfect model of an intelligent lead character. She's not only brave and headstrong, but her cleverness is biggest strength. It saves her in many tough situations. She spends much of her time trying to balance her "real life" as the daughter of a Marquess and her hobby of hunting down the fae in Scotland. Needless to say, the two don't complement each other. 3. n intriguing setting: I loved the Scottish setting in The Falconer - I haven't read nearly enough books set in Scotland so I thought that was neat. I also liked how Elizabeth borrowed much of the mythology in her book from Scottish mythology, staying true to the setting. There's a bit of steampunk twisted in but it isn't overpowering and I wouldn't exactly call this a steampunk book, either. It's minimal and just a taste to add to the fantasy atmosphere.  I was underwhelmed by the love story, unfortunately. I didn't feel strongly about her love interest or the chemistry between them at all. There was definitely something there and I liked that it had a nice, slow build but towards the end of the book it started to feel more rushed. This is the kind of romance I would have preferred to have seen gradually build over an entire series - it felt too sudden for one book. The Falconer is a fast-paced read that has me excited for the sequel - I can't wait to see where the story goes and what happens next since there was so much left unfinished in the first book. Review copy received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one took a little bit for me to get into, but once I did, I loved the story world. It's clean, although gory, with plenty of action. Aileana is a tough-as-nails character, and I enjoyed being inside her head. She's got a difficult life, some major bumps along the road, and the plague of knowing whom to trust. Her tinkering won me over, along with her pixie pal and the isolation she experienced from her father. Despite her roughness, she's easy to understand.   My only complaint is how the story ended. Yup. Just saying, you're probably going to want to wait until book 2 is out before you read this one.