Friday, 14 March 2014

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Book Summary : 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?

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : I have heard many of my friends drawing comparisons of this book to the Faefever series, but I won't go into that as I haven’t yet read the later (don’t kill me, please). My judgment is solely based on what I liked and what I didn't in The Falconer.

The author, Elizabeth May knows how to weave charming and damaged individuals, a thrilling action-packed fantasy wherein they play deadly games to peruse their quarries.

Set in alternate Edinburgh where humans and faeries coexist, the story itself was somehow intriguing. Lady Aileana Kameron, the daughter of a Scottish Marquess was destined for a good life with parties, teas and balls, until one day her mother was murdered by a faery and making Aileana a subject to many gossips rumors on her involvement in the murder.

Now fueled with rage, Aileana formed an unlikely alliance with Kiaran, a faery, motivated towards killing his own people. Armed with modified pistols and explosives, she peeled off her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting.

As a wrecked character, Aileana was portrayed quite well. Although how from being a happy and upbeat girly girl who, after witnessing her mother’s murder transmuted into a cold-hearted warrior and now was committed to a quest for vengeance was not shown. It was rather told away. Again apart from the feelings of anger, frustration, and helplessness, she seemed to lack some basic emotions such as sorrow and grief. I understand that the author intended to portray her as a strong character (And she did well), but weakness is also the unavoidable trait of human behavior. Showing vulnerability doesn't make someone whinny, rather helps in a better correlation to character. As the story unfolds, we came to know more about her legacy and lineage, that she is a decedent of a line of female warriors known as Falconers, gifted with sighting no mundane has, destined to kill the faeries.

As of Kiaran, he was what I call hawt—a faery, a deadly one at that, cold and entirely mysterious. There weren't too many details about his past, or his history with Aileana. In the beginning their relationship was strictly mentor-protegee, which all of a sudden, if I should add, changed into a much more intense one—the one we call love and thus, it felt forced.

And there enters Gavin—the third point of hinted love-triangle, brother of Aileana’s best friend. Speaking of love triangle, I don’t mind one, unless it is entirely revolved around choosing the best suitor instead of the plot. Thankfully such didn't happen in this book. *Sigh of relief.* However Gavin was born into nobility and contrary to Kiaran he was shown more gentle, the kind of a guy your mom would want you to pick.

As the book was focused mainly on action sequences, I must say they were drawn well. They were graphic and I loved them. I loved seeing Aileana kick some asses. I loved her way of using her inventions into killing faeries. The inclusions of Steampunk aspects were also quite useful.

As a whole, The Falconer was enjoying. A fast-paced light reading that will leave you gripping the edge of your seat.

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