Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

I received this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

copy-of-synopsispngEdinburgh, 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.

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.

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.

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.

copy-of-my-thoughtsThe concept of this was intriguing and fun the story is reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but obviously not as good) both are about girls who are destined to kill mythological creatures and struggle to balance this with their mundane responsibilities. Sadly it isn’t the fun read I was expecting, the difficulties that comes with having two lives and just normal drama were not that compelling. This is one of those books that’s just okay these books are the hardest for me to review because I don’t have any strong feelings (good or bad) about them. I struggled to read this I stopped reading it for a month in the middle of a fight scene I didn’t have much motivation to finish it I’m not sure why I did.

I have been waiting to read more books about about mythological creatures particularly fairies that’s what drew me to this, learning about different types of fea was the best thing about this. The other thing I liked was the setting this takes place in a steampunk Scotland it was nice and refreshing to read about a place I have never been to or read about before. The steampunk elements weren’t as great as they could have been they also are not very prominent. There was so many fight scenes but like with just about every aspect of this book I didn’t find them to be very enjoyable, they weren’t intense or existing. A few other annoying things are the forced romance, the one dimensional best friend and a generic too perfect main character. Everything felt underdeveloped therefore generic and sometimes juvenile the protagonist is eighteen but she certainly didn’t read like it.lets-chat3Have you read this? If so what did you think? If you haven’t read it do you plan to?


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