Review: The Falconer

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Goodreads Summary:

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 thesìthíchean—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.

This was an entertaining read, but beyond that it had a lot of issues.

First, I didn’t know this was Steampunk so that surprised me a little, but I don’t think it was done very well. I kept getting surprised every time a steam carriage, or her helicopter thing appeared because it wasn’t consistent. I also expected this to be a bit more historical than it was. It’s set in mid 1800s Scotland, and I expected the politics of the era to play more into this, and it wasn’t even a factor.

There was also little to no character development, maybe Aileana learned to deal with her rage a bit more? And the romance element was very lacking. I appreciated that the love triangle isn’t really a triangle of emotion, but of necessity. There is one person she’s betrothed to, and they have a platonic caring relationship, and there’s the one she’s romantically attracted to. However, we have no idea who this guy really is, and for working together for a year she doesn’t seem to either.

The writing is’t bad though, and this is an exciting and fun read. There is basically non stop action, and the different faeries are interesting. Also the fact that there are some that are friendly and others that aren’t, and the echelons of faeries within the wider existence of them.

Overall I can’t say I will continue this series, but it was a fun enough read, if a little young for my taste.

 

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