Published – May 6th 2014
Genre – Young Adult Fantasty
Summary – 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.
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It was only halfway through this book that I figured out it was NOT a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I recently finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and fdjskaieowanfdsa it was so good. That was a Beauty and The Beast retelling and I thought picked up The Falconer because it was too. I’m not sure why.
Aaaaanyway, I am still coming off A Court of Thorns and Roses hangover and I realized I should have let a few books between A Court and The Falconer.
I had the bar high and I think The Falconer fell a bit short.
The Falconer is another YA fantasy with all the necessary elements: mystery, magical creatures, a little romance. This one is based in Scotland in the 1800s (so Aileana has to put on the aristocratic lady facade on during the day even though she hunts and kills at night).
Aileana made “friends” with Kiaran, a faery who is helping train her. Throughout the book Aileana finds out more and more vital information he failed to tell her….and yet she still goes back to him to help her train? This annoys me.
One thing he tells her is there is an inevitable war coming….in three days! He waits until T-minus three days that there is an army of 300+ faeries coming.Yes, it will be 2 (Aileana and Kiaran) against an army of 300+.
The world was a bit under-described for my liking. And I didn’t connect with the characters very well. In fact, the character I liked the best was Aileana’s best human friend who plays a part in less than 10% of the book.
So in my opinion, this book fell a bit flat for me.
I think I’m going to need someone who really loves this series to convince me to read the next books.