Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Thoughts on The Falconer by Elizabeth May

A few weeks ago I finally picked up one of Kate’s favorite books she’s been encouraging me to read for ages: The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Kate’s favorite aspects of this book include the Scottish setting, the faeries, the steampunk (not clearly stated in the description, but a large part of the tale), and the hilarious pixie, Derrick.

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Series: The Falconer Trilogy, Book 1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance, Historical Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Gwen’s Rating: 3 stars

Kate’s Rating: 5 stars

Description:

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.

Review:

A few weeks ago I finally picked up one of Kate’s favorite books she’s been encouraging me to read for ages: The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Kate’s favorite aspects of this book include the Scottish setting, the faeries, the steampunk (not clearly stated in the description, but a large part of the tale), and the hilarious pixie, Derrick.

Personally, I cannot agree with Kate’s enjoyment of this novel. I could find no reason to understand or sympathize with Aileana’s interest in her favorite out of the two boys presented as romantic leads (yes, there is a love triangle). The plot mainly consists of fighting murderous faeries, and while this is exciting the first few times, I began to yearn for more intrigue and complexity after the fourth such battle.

I am willing to admit that some of my disappointment is this book lies in tis subject matter: I’m not especially fond of faeries or steampunk. However, even with a subject I wouldn’t normally have picked up, I would have enjoyed a main character who had a bit more to her than vengeance and murder and falling for the absolutely worst boy.

The writing style itself wasn’t terrible, but the story as a whole lacked dimension. Thus, this is not a trilogy I will be continuing with… despite the extreme cliff-hanger ending! However, if you’re interested, the second book, The Vanishing Throne, is already out, and the final book, The Fallen Kingdom, will be released on June 13th, 2017.

Have you read this book? Who do you agree with more–me or Kate?

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One comment on “Gwen’s Thoughts on The Falconer by Elizabeth May

  1. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirls)
    February 7, 2017

    I enjoyed this book but I also had a lot of problems with it, so I have to agree with you about the lack of dimension. I still have to read the sequel though and I don’t know if or when I’ll get to it. Great review by the way!

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