Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Chick and Brain Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Wow, just wow. I must be falling down on my game of choosing books because again I was severely disappointed in this choice. I was very excited when I received a copy of the Falconer. Lets be honest here, this is right up my alley! Fae, victoria era, and Scotland all things that I am completely obsessed with and always lead to an enjoyable story for me however not in this case. Although May is a fabulous writer, we are given the same story over again as we have been given with many other stories that portray the fae. A female protagonist that is out for revenge, an unrequited love, a possible love triangle, and of course the ever-present impossible situation to over come. Through the entire story, everything seems to be forced or in some case entirely to similar to other stories of similar subject matter. When compared to these other stories, this narrative falls very short in many areas. Everything from the love story to the cliff hanger that ends the story seems to be rushed and at times forced. All of the characters are very generic and fall flat for us as readers to be able to connect with them on any level for a more fulfilling reading experience. If May was able to talk longer to flush out all of these points and possibly eliminate some all together it would have lead to a more enjoyable reading experience for the reader.

Looking back, one of the key points of contention in this story was the character development of Aileana. We are given all the information of the kick ass Fae killer falconer, but no information of how she got there. We do know that she watched her mother be killed and therefore went on a hunt for the Fae that killed her. Subsequently found Kiaran, and began her training to kill Fae properly, but what of her training. How did she become this new and improved Aileana. I am sure she did not just wake up one morning being able to suck the powers from the Fae she killed and grow stronger, it was a process as everything is. That information is crucial if we are able to better understand Aileana as a character moving forward. May also seem to force a love between Aileana and Kiaran. After a year of training, suddenly right before the eve of the “end of the world” battle Aileana begins to some how form feelings for him. They know nothing of each other in the slightest. We are given ample reasons through the narrative by Aileana why she can not trust Kiaran, let alone fall in love with him but it happens anyway. This entire part of the story is unrealistic and in all honesty there is no reason for any romantic involvement at all.

Although May’s writing is amazing, I would not recommend this book to anyone that has read this type of book before. I would even go as far to say this is more of a book for a middle school child that is looking for a fast read or that enjoys adventure books with a lot of action and not a lot of substance.


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