The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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Title: The Falconer
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Fae, Historical fiction, Steampunk, Young adult
Dates read: 27th September – 19th October 2019
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Gollancz
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: I walk downstairs, inappropriately carryinig a cup of tea from one room to another.

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Lady Aileana Kamerson was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinbrugh’s social events – right up until a faery murdered her mother.

Now, between social engagements, she slaughters the fae in secret, determined to track down that faery, and to destroy any others who cross her path.

But midwinter is approaching, and a battle looms.

Aileana is going to have to decide how much she’s willing to lose – and just how far she’ll go to avenge her mother…


I’m totally in love with this story. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series… because seriously?!?!? The cliff hanger at the end of this! I actually turned the page about three times because I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. Who ends a story on a sentence like that? But it was so damn good… now I just have to wait until next payday… if I can.

Although I recently read The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance, I have very few books on my shelf which feature Scotland. Let alone fantasy historical fictions which feature a strong, young female lead. Definitely something that needs to be expanded on in my collection…I loved the court intrigue that I find in English stories, but there was a little more language and history in amongst the Scottish culture. Probably also intrigued me because I have a Scottish background and it’s something that I know a lot less about than my English heritage.

Women who are inventors are becoming a quick obsession for me. Whilst I’m not an inventor, I have a science background and I love when women share that same STEM, analytical interest. The fact that Aileana is an inventor in a steampunk version of historical Scotland was kind of ridiculously exciting. I actually squealed out loud a little when I started reading about her inventions. Particularly because all of her inventions are also weapons that she uses to have her fun and kill multiple fae. The darkness combined with inventions and steampunk hit my total happy spot and was written in a way that felt completely plausible.

Fae is something that has fascinated me ever since I was a teenager and read Wicked Lovely. And I’m talking traditional fae – the ones that prey on humans and aren’t nice and cuddly like Tinkerbell. This follows that tradition – fae are not nice in this story. They are multifaceted, tricky and incredibly dangerous. Just like much of the folklore within the tales which traditionally come out of the UK. The adherence to more traditional knowledges and practices were amazing. And I loved that at the end of the book, May includes a section which details each of the fae incorporated in the story in far more detail. I think I’ll have to flick back to this a little more when I finally get my hands on the next books…

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