By Elizabeth May
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Chronicle Books, 378 pages
Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.
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?
— Goodreads.com description
I don’t even know how to describe this book. Historical Scottish faery steampunk fantasy?
Yeah, like I said: I don’t even know. And here’s the weirdest part: It works.
I had no clue going in this book had anything to do with fae…and if I’d known there was any steampunk I wouldn’t have bothered. But — and I’m still in shock that I’m writing this — it didn’t bother me at all. I know! Who am I?
Aileana was a little too murderous rampagey and she and Kiaran kept an unhealthy amount of secrets from one another…but darn if I didn’t love them both. I got swept up in the Buffy-esque vibe and true uniqueness of the story.
This is one of those reviews that is super hard to write. Intellectually, I had plenty of issues with The Falconer (Such as: Where was the falcon? How can you have no falcon?!). Emotionally, I could not put it down and I’m dying to read the rest of the trilogy. Gahhh!