Series: The Falconer, #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Published by Chronicle Books on May 6, 2014
Pages: 336 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.
Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.
But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?
I love books where a high society girl goes to fancy dances and fights evil while still being able to get to 'afternoon tea' with the disapproving relative. THE FALCONER was right up my alley with the fancy dances and dresses in startling contrast to very bloody and violent battles with Scottish fairies. The writing is amazingly fluid and the plot rushed forward that I didn't believe the book actually ended. Another aspect I enjoyed was the little touches of steampunk in the weapons that Aileana used to kill fairies. I kept forgetting that steampunk was an element in this book due to the lack of steampunk in any other part of THE FALCONER aside from the weapons.
There is romance in this book and while I tend to get very annoyed at love triangles, I kind of liked the interaction between Aileana and the two rather uniquely resourceful men in her life. They all seem to fit well into their roles helping her out with the fairies battles and I am glad that a potential love triangle is hopefully not going to happen. My favorite secondary character is Derrick, Aileana's little pixie friend who lives in her closet and help mend her clothes. He's adorable, funny, and is addicted to honey. He brings most of the humor to the story which lightens up a pretty serious and dark leaning book.
THE FALCONER is a pretty great book if you are looking for that perfect blend of Scottish high society and fairy ass kicking. The story is a little abrupt and end in a confusing cliffhanger. I kind of don't know where the story is going but so far it looks to have potential to be a pretty good series. .
- The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross