Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.
Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.
But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?Hardcover, US, 336 pages
Published: May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Four stars: A blend of paranormal, supernatural, steampunk and historical along with a kick butt heroine.
Aileana Kameron is once again stuffed in a tight fitting corset and ball gown. She must keep up the pretense of being a proper lady, but everything in her screams to kill the fae. The night her mother died, Alieana's eyes were opened to the horror that she believed to be nothing more than fiction. If Kiaran MacKay, a powerful fairy, hadn't come along and rescued her, she would be dead. Kiaran trains Aileana to hunt and kill the fae. Aileana has only one thing on her mind: to hunt down and kill the fairy that murdered her mother. Unfortunately, Aileana has no idea the hell that is about to be unleashed, and only she and Kiaran can prevent the destruction of the world. Can Aileana and Kiaran save humanity?
What I Liked:
- Call me pleasantly surprised! I was completely sucked into this fantastic book that blends the fae with steampunk and historical. I loved the world building, the characters and the exciting steampunk inventions. This book was all kinds of fun!
- Alieana is an awesome heroine. She is constantly struggling against the ideals of societal expectations for ladies during the eighteen hundreds. Her father expects her to attend balls, behave in a becoming manner and attract a proper husband. Alieana has other ideas in mind. She wants to hunt and kill fae, and invent. She is always in a pinch especially when it comes to maintaining a ladylike facade. I loved her fierceness, especially when she is murdering the fae. Even when the odds are stacked against her, Alieana never gives up. Not only is she a kick butt fighter, she is also a talented and skilled inventor. I loved her fantastic steampunk inventions. It has been awhile since a heroine captivated me, and Alieana does just that.
- Kiaran is a powerful, centuries old fae who has taken Alieana under his wing. He is an enigma, and you don't know from one chapter to the next whether to trust him or what his true intentions are. He has so many secrets that I am just itching to know, and I can't wait to peel back more of his layers.
- Derrick, the honey loving pixie, is a fun addition. He provides the much needed comic relief, and I loved having him along. He rates right up there with Jenks from The Hollows Series, but much more tame.
- The action in this one is non stop. There are plenty of exciting battle scenes and thrilling revelations. I loved that this book is fast paced and that it hardly lets up.
- The world building is excellent. I thought the author did a great job of recreating Edinburg, Scotland in the mid 1800's and I liked the steampunk and paranormal.
- I actually liked that a romance didn't fully develop. At first, I thought Alieana was going to fall for one man, and then she develops feelings for someone else. Then I worried that a love triangle was in the works, but that seems to resolve. By the end, there was not a definite romance. The pieces are in place, but nothing concrete yet. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment to see where it will go.
And The Not So Much:
- The story builds up to what promises to be a thrilling and exciting finale, only to leave the reader shaking their head in frustration. I actually thought part of my copy was missing because the book ends so abruptly. I wouldn't even call it a true cliffhanger. It is like the book just chops off, which is a big fail. This ruined the overall read for me.
- I was irritated that there was not more resolution to all the questions. Every time I thought I was going to get some answers, more questions were presented instead. I wanted desperately to know so much more about Kiaran, such as why he helped the Falconers, who he made his vow to, who was the woman he fell in love with and why he is tied to Sorcha? There was very little pay out at the end of this one.
- I thought it was a bit strange that the book is called The Falconer when there is not a single falcon in the book. Yes, there is a reason for the title, but I thought for sure the book would have a falcon in it.
- I was confused about the different types of fae and their powers and so forth. At the end of the book, there are notes on the fae that explains things more, but as a reader, I like to have the information incorporated in the story instead of thrown at me in a glossary.
- One other thing that bothered me is that Alieana was able to kill the fairies, yet Kiaran is immortal. Aren't most fae immortal? Why was Kiaran immortal while the rest could be killed?
The Falconer is an exciting beginning to what promises to be a thrilling series. I loved the world building, the steampunk and the action in this one. The biggest problem is the ending, or rather lack thereof. Still this was a book that sucked me in and kept me captivated until the end. I will most definitely be picking up the next book in the series!
"But you shouldn't turn down an offer to be cared for. Some people aren't fortunate enough to receive one."
"Time won't fix me. Time allows me to become more skillful at hiding how much I hurt inside. Time makes me a great liar. Because when it comes to grief, we all like to pretend."
"Sometimes the memories we cling hardest to are the ones that hurt us the most."
"A lie is best told with a single grain of truth, a factual hook on which to hang the falsehood. That's what makes them so easy to maintain."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.