Published by Chronicle Books LLC on May 6th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Privileged with wealth and beauty, Lady Aileana’s life would look perfect to anyone who didn’t know the circumstances of her mother’s tragic death. Her old self died the same day and ever since then, she trained to become a ruthless killer herself in order to obtain revenge. But it’s never that simple killing an ancient, powerful fairy. Aileana is about to face a challenge so great that survival is not only slim for herself but also for unsuspecting innocents. Using the aid of a mysterious fairy, she’s going to try all she can with one slice of a sword and ingenious invention at a time.
Let’s start with what I did like about The Falconer, first. The writing kept things interesting and I was motivated fairly well to keep turning the pages to find out what was coming next. The cast of characters was also interesting, but my true favorites were Gavin and Derrick. The inventiveness of the storyline was great, although, there were some issues (mainly one issue in particular). I have yet to read very many books involving fairies or the fae (I tried a really popular one, but I just didn’t enjoy it).
The main thing I wasn’t a fan of was the romance. There wasn’t much, but there was a lot of Aileana staring and thinking and pining for Kiaran. He wasn’t that interesting. Kiaran is the typical dark haired, mysterious (aka withholds important information) bad boy. I don’t want them to happen. I much prefer Gavin. But who knows.
Just be prepared for a lot of this:
“As I inhale his scent, I can’t help but shift closer, closing the gap between us and pressing my side to his. The taste of his power only grows more intoxicating. He turns to look at me, and our faces are a mere breath away.”
I don’t know how many times I’ve read about the taste of his power, but come on. Enough of the distraction, there’s a serious situation that should be fully concentrated on.
Aileana is an amazing character, don’t get me wrong. I just really want her to stop being so thirsty for the old as dirt fairy for a good five minutes.
Overall, I did enjoy reading The Falconer and will continue on with book two. I’m just hoping for less of this kind of stuff.