Title: The Falconer
Written by Elizabeth May
Read by Susan Duerden
Series: The Falconer #1
Published by Audible Studios, Chronicle Books
Publication Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Steampunk, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Source: Audible, Purchased
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Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge
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.
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Well, well, well, well. Who would’ve thought that I would enjoy The Falconer so much? The fae, that’s who! *wink
I believe this is the very first steampunk paranormal book that BLEW ME AWAY! Yes, it’s that AMAZING! Sure, I enjoyed The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare but that series does not come CLOSE to the amazingness that is The Falconer!
The Falconer checked all the boxes for me. Awesome female character? Check! Anti-heroish mysterious character? Check! Spunky, comedic character? Check! Minimal romance? Check! Set in the Victorian England? Check! Awesome action scenes? Hell, yeah!
The Falconer follows Aileana (such a unique name, by the way) who is a fae killer (Falconer) and she is out for revenge. She is trained by the mysterious fairy Kiaran MacKay to effectively use her gifts.
Elizabeth May creates a very enthralling steampunk world in Victorian London which adds a mysterious, yet creepy touch to the overall feel of the story. I was amazed at how perfect the world building felt! And this is coming from me, who usually shy away from faerie fantasy books (A Court of Thrones and Roses).
Enter in a spectacular cast of characters, The Falconer feels fresh and despite the dark themes throughout the book, there is a touch of fun. I especially love Derrick, the tiny pixie who lives in Aileana’s closet and gets drunk on honey!
I also love the fact that the romance is subtle and I didn’t even mind that it was a slow burn romance! And I hate slow burn romance!
Did I mention the action? Well, there are a few action scenes and it just blew me away! I felt like Elizabeth May introduced scarier and scarier fae as the story progressed. I felt like I have never read about these types of fae before!
Really, the best feature of this book is Aileana who is a very strong character on her own. I love her dilemma between conforming to society and also trying to avenge her mother’s death. Her struggles felt real to me, and I really appreciate that.
I’m really surprised why The Falconer didn’t get as much buzz as other series because this book is AMAZING! I definitely recommend this to EVERYONE!
Susan Duerden as the narrator was SPECTACULAR! I think she added another layer to the story. The different accents that she used in the books brought me into the story even more!
I have listened to a few historical romances narrated by Susan Duerden and she does not disappoint.
UNFORTUNATELY, the next two books in the series aren’t available in audiobook format and I am very disappointed about that. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to listen to the next 2 books of the series.
What steampunk paranormal books can you recommend me? Do you love reading books about the fae?