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The Falconer: Book One of the Falconer Trilogy Kindle Edition
- "A stunning debut." (Starburst Magazine)
- "The writing is so beautiful and descriptive." (The Guardian)
- "Action-packed, violently gratifying, and darkly addictive novel...the perfect blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and steampunk, with enough romance and humor to have readers devouring each page..." (VOYA)
- "[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)
- "A character and a world that breathes life into fantasy." (Library Media Connection)
- "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)
- "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)
- "Aileana is an amazing, brave hero... the writing crackles with wit." (Booklist)
- "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)
- "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." (SciFiNow)
- "Simply put, my favorite YA paranormal this year. A must read!" (New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout)
- "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)
- "Witty dialogue, nonstop action, and campy humor. More, please." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00GOJT8E0
- Publisher : Chronicle Books LLC (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1661 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,175 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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As even those who hated the ending have noted, the romantic tension is super-potent! I'm not a fan of mushy romance. I like romance that is more subtle, or more involved... basically more realistic. Not easy. And this romance is anything but easy. It's virtually impossible. And conflict? Really? I don't think I've read a book with MORE conflict. This one has the fast pace, the amazing fight scenes, the thrilling nail-biting moments, and add a healthy dose of invention, engineering and science. Not only does the book have steampunk qualities, it delves into why. Into how the creating of a steam engine relates to the ability to fight the evil fae creatures. Pure genius. And I'm not generally even a steampunk fan. I may be now.
This alternate-history, fantasy-reality blend is enchanting. It looks at the world and roles of women in historic Scotland and England, and turns it on its ear. This is like a new age suffragette coming-of-age blended with the best that fantasy has to offer.
Now a note to Mom's, this does have its share of violence and gore, although it's not so gruesome that I would call it gratuitous violence. I truly dislike books that are violent purely for the sake of violence, but this is not that. I would say it's more PG-13. The idea that a girl had something violent happen so young is a difficult topic, but May uses this to show how difficult grief and relationships can be.
I truly can't say enough good things about it. I'm eager to read everything else May has written.
The world was fun if a bit undeveloped. The steampunk elements seemed like an afterthought, just thrown in to make everything Kam does seem cooler.
The story itself was pretty good. But once again a lot of things seemed to happen just for dramatic effect. For instance (minor spoiler) I can't see the point of Kiaran refusing to tell her about the seal opening on the lunar eclipse until there's less than a week left until said disastrous eclipse, even though she's apparently the only person who can prevent it. So that little mystery plot bunny just did not make sense at all.
Also my suspension of disbelief couldn't really handle the final battle. (Again minor spoiler) So there's hundreds of evil faeries who just escaped the seal and there's only Kiaran and Kam there to fight them. How exactly does that battle go? Do the other faeries politely wait their turn to fight? Do they just run away? What stops them from piling on Kam to prevent her from getting to the seal at all?
So overall this is a fun light read, but it just made me roll my eyes one too many times.
I plunged into this story with hopes of enjoying a new YA fantasy. This series was highly recommended to me and I finally got a chance to read The Falconer. I'm glad I did. The characters intrigued me and Aileana was a welcome surprise as a heroine.
Aileana is a Falconer. She's the last one standing. She was born to kill the fae. She learned to fight and to kill after she witnessed her mother's murder. Her mother could have been a falconer too. The power comes from the female bloodline. Unfortunately, before she was able to learn how to defend herself, she was attacked and died. Aileana wants revenge. She needs to destroy the one who hunted and killed her mother. She won't give up until she accomplishes this task. In the meantime, she's happy disposing of the fae she runs into.
Aileana has been trained by Kiaran, a daione sith. He's powerful and dangerous. She met him after the death of her mother and he has been preparing her to fight the fae from then on. Aileana doesn't know why he attacks his own kind and he doesn't know the reason behind her hate for the fae.
Aileana does have another fae in her life. She has Derrick. He's a pixie who likes his honey, helps her fix her ripped clothes and can conceal her from the fae. He reminds me of Jenks from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I liked him.
There is also Catherine, her best friend. Catherine is sweet and she covers for Aileana when needed. Catherine's brother, Gavin also plays a big part in the story. Aileana had feelings for him before he left for Oxford two years ago. Aileana's father is almost non-existent throughout only making an appearance when he thinks she needs to find a suitor and get married soon.
I'm not usually into the Steampunk genre but none of it bother me while reading this novel. Instead, I love that Aileana knew how to create contraptions, fly something close to a helicopter, and make awesome weapons to defend herself. She was smart, innovative and a great fighter. She was also broken, her grief was constantly present.
Kiaran was so swoon-worthy. He was a very attractive fae who didn't say much and hid too many things but whom I could tell cared for Aileana more than he wanted to. I can understand how someone could be faestruck by him.
“I will worship thee.”
There were some things in the Falconer which reminded me of The Fever series (one of my favorites). This didn't deter me from liking the story. If anything, I wanted to keep reading it.
One thing I hated was the ending. Major cliffhanger. I was not expecting it. Fortunately for me, the next book is out.
Top reviews from other countries
She is aided in her task by the mysterious Kieran MacKay, a faerie himself, who trains her in the ways of the fae and in how to kill them. However, after increased faerie activity in the city, she discovers there is more at stake than simply avenging her mother's death.
Elizabeth May has created a fun, action-packed world perfect for the post-Buffy generation (such as myself) or even those poor Twilighters who never grew up watching Buffy, but need a new world to play in. Aileana is a great character, very human and easy to rally behind and cheer for. This is not a drippy romance with a disappointing heroine who never lives up to her expectation: Aileana takes her destiny in her own hands and tries to make a difference. The emphasis is very much on the action here, which gives it a nippy, page-turning pace.
Other characters, however, do not get the same attention as Aileana, making them a little thin and stock-character-esque. Her best friend is a society belle with golden hair, but an acid tongue, yet doesn't get a lot of screen time. Her side-kick, Derek the pixie, is simply comic relief, and the brooding Kieran never rises above his Heathcliffe impression long enough for us to actually like him. No, it is all about our central protagonist, which it maybe should be in a first volume of a series, but I would have liked the others to be bit more fleshed out.
Another aspect that did not quite click with me was the mash-up between the hidden fantastical world of the fae and the open fantastical world of steampunk. The reference to the various items of steampunk tech would shock me from the story from time to time and it took me a while to accept this is not real Victorian Edinburgh. This is a Victorian Edinburgh that never was: people own steam-powered carriages and Aileana herself owns an ornithopter which she uses to traverse the city skies, and houses are lit by floating globes of light. Yet, no one knows of the existence of faeries. Perhaps I'm being pernickity, but "secret world" fantasy works better, in my opinion, if the "real" world is closer to reality, or closer to history if set in a historical setting.
That being said, May has created something quite fresh (no vampires, or the new 'monstre du jour' zombies) and the heroine is not trying to complete herself with a man. I enjoyed the romp and the creation of a new slant on Scots Gaelic mythology and I will most certainly be reading whatever Aileana does next.