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 Falconer by Elizabeth May stunned me in ways I never could have imagined. A satisfying blend of Scottish culture and Fae fantasy, The Falconer kept me up at night. The story takes off with our main character, Aileana AKA Kam killing one of the Fae. Set in a world where Fae leech the energy off of humans and kill them, Aileana is the one who hunts them and prevents them from doing their horrendous deeds.
I want you to know that this book was fantastic. For sure, a five star read and one of my top reads this year. The plot of The Falconer is on point, fast paced or slow whenever it was necessary. I loved this book. Loved it. As for the romance plot, welp, that was full of twists and turns. The Falconer is not a romance novel, it doesn’t focus on romance, and romance doesn’t actually make an appearance until the end. Though I’ll tell you, there is some steamy tension, let’s just say there was some intense giggling going on whilst reading this novel.
The world building was great too. May creates a world where the lines between the fae realm and the human realm collide. She creates monsters that are truly of nightmare. And realms that defy a cliche fantasy realm. It is all purely original in that sense that truly creates a unique work of art.
The characters of The Falconer are pretty amazing. So well rounded and fun. Aileana has spunk in her personality that isn’t a copy cat of Celaena Sardothien, definitely her own character which makes her especially fun to read about. And then we have the deadly and gorgeous Kiaran. That is one adorable (hot) piece of fae! Haha, Kiaran’s character is similar to that male protector of many YA novels, but what makes him unique is the fact that he doesn’t learn to have emotions. The girl doesn’t sway him to have emotions. In fact, emotions make him uncomfortable which had me laughing while reading. Kiaran is an amazing character, just as good as Aileana and they fit each other really well.
Overall, The Falconer by Elizabeth May stunned me silly. I have no clue why I didn’t pick this book up sooner because it was just that fabulous. Definitely 5/5 stars for sure, not to mention that cliffhanger that had me wanting more. I highly recommend The Falconer to any lovers of high fantasy and adventure!
Wow! This book was fantastic? Have you read it yet? What did you think? Let me know down below in the comments!