Author: Elizabeth May.
Published: September 26th 2013 by Gollancz
Sort: The falconer #1.
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 the rare ability to sense the sìthichean — 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 abilities and 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 the 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.
Aileana has been training with Kiaran to kill all types of faeries. Her mother died and Aileana is the only one who saw the real killer: a fairy. She is now taking revenge and trying to find the one who killed her mother to avenge her death. But, Aileana is now in danger, because her true nature has been shown: she is a Falconer.
The wonderful thing about this book is the cast. We have Aileana, a feisty hunter who loves to tinker with mechanics to create effective weapons. I would like to stay on her good side, because she knows how to fight. I admired her strength and how she deals with all the people who still talk behind her back; rumours that she is the one who killed her mother. Now she is stuck with her loveless father who plans to marry her off. It could have been worse, because Gavin stole my heart. It was clear from the beginning that they won’t be a couple, but I liked his presence a lot. He has a dry humor and his own gifts come in handy.
Kiaran picks up my drawing. "Try it and I'll pluck your wings off and feed them to you." Derrick hisses. Gavin just looks interested, as if wondering whether such a thing might be possible.
"Well," I say brightly, "we're getting on splendidly, aren't we? Glad to see you're all becoming friends over your mutually violent desires."
"Not me," Gavin says. "I'm just here for the tea."
I also loved Aileana’s best friend and the dynamic they have. It was nice to have a normal friendship, because sometimes friends seem to disappear in storylines. And there is Kiaran; he is mysterious, dark and a bit moody. I liked everything about him, but I do hope to get to know more about him. He is always holding back and he never answers Aileana’s questions.
The plot is a solid story. Aileana is hunting for faeries, until they start to hunt her for her status as Falconer. It was interesting to hear the history about Falconer’s and how this changes her. She is constantly hungry for killing and the thrill of a fight. There is enough action to keep this book fast-paced. The ending is just mean. I was biting my nails and it made me very anxious for the sequel. Be prepared to have your heart shattered in the last couple of pages, but you’re going to love it.