Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Chronicle Books  Published Sept. 12, 2013 378 Pages
Chronicle Books
Published Sept. 12, 2013
378 Pages

Lady Aileana Kameron, the daughter of the Marquess of Douglass was supposed to have a life of complete luxury, constant balls and time with her best friend but when her mother was killed by a faery everything changed.

Now Kameron attends balls during the day to keep up appearances and hunts faeries at night to find the one that killed her mother. But things become complicated when her two lives begin to intersect causes those she care about to become in danger.

There was a lot of good in this book which surprised me. The book is set in Scotland 1844 and Kameron is a know it all. She hunts faeries with the help of two faeries; a pixie that lives in her closest and mends her clothes and one of the most powerful faeries who is content killing his own kind.

Kameron has a need to prove herself mainly to herself and that is fine but it is too much when she is bluntly wrong . . .  and she is wrong quite a bit. She is so stubborn that at points in the book I really couldn’t stand her. However, I liked the fact that she was strong, smart and creative.

There are two things in this book I could have lived without but it didn’t damage the book too bad; the “love triangle” and the steampunk. What is funny about the love triangle is the author knew it was useless so she switches it to a friendship pretty much right at the beginning. I am glad she did because it would have killed the book with unnecessary drama. Kameron may have been fighting her feelings throughout most of the book but she wasn’t so stupid.

But I also didn’t understand a few things regarding that either. I’m telling you if I interview this author I will ask her (I can’t tell you because its kinda a big spoiler).

The steampunk was cute; Kameron and her mom use to invent things and when her mother died Kameron kept the tradition. There wasn’t enough steampunk in the book for me to feel it to be needed. I guess it was a extra factor to try to get people into the book.

Beyond that the writing was captivating. I liked the blend it had of the two lifestyles and for the most part I liked Kameron. And that ending . . . . the biggest cliff hanger I have read this year. It makes me want to read the next book but it pisses me off at the same time.

Overall I did really like this book. 4.5 Pickles






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