“When Dante described the circles of Hell, he clearly forgot the one where a hungry pixie sits on one’s shoulder for eternity.” – Elizabeth May, The Falconer
My heart, my poor poor heart. What has been done to you? How can I wait for the next book? How dare Elizabeth May for finishing this book like that. I honestly thought my copy of the book was missing pages. I kept flipping the last page over and over again to see if the end was real! How did people deal waiting for the sequel for two years!? I don’t know how but I’m so happy I don’t!
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter to the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of; brains, charm, wealth, a title – and drop-dead beauty. But she only plays this part of a normal Lady within 1844 Edinburgh by having a dangerous double life. She has the 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 fae before they take innocent lives. With the use of her inventions, ruthless Aileana has one goal: to kill the fae that killed her mother. But with the pressure of trying to stop this massive force of hungry fae wanting revenge, will her quest just be about trying to avenge her mother’s death? But to do that, she’ll have to save the world first.
I really don’t know why I didn’t pick this book up earlier. I heard about The Falconer about a year ago and I thought I would enjoy this book. But like I honestly, honestly didn’t think I would enjoy this book like this much. The main thing that I didn’t know was that it had steampunk elements in the book. I have never read a steampunk novel before, reading The Falconer and I really want to read more of these sort of books. I think with the combination of having the fae, the elements of steampunk and the book being set in 1844 Scotland made the perfect combination.
Even though this book was written by an American author, there weren’t any stereotypical Scottish things which are in every single book that’s set in Scotland and the author isn’t from there (not including Outlander – Outlander is a very very good example of how a non–British author can write a book set in Scotland). This book was definitely researched a lot, by looking into the area of Edinburgh and how the Scots in that area actually speak. This book was very thought out and I’m so in love with this world of fae.
Can I just please talk about the covers for these books. I absolutely love the US cover of this book. All of the US covers for this series fit the themes of the books so well and it just fits right in perfect for the entire story. I’m so happy I have the US hardcover for this book because the UK cover is just horrible. I ordered the hardcover before I realising this book was actually published in the UK and I think if I found that cover of the book in a Waterstones or any bookstore, I would never buy it. I honestly don’t know why it always seems that the US gets the best cover when comparing them to the UK ones. The UK just get the most rubbish or ones that just shows a completely different feel to the story that actually underneath the cover. This series just honestly shows how unlucky the UK actually is when comparing covers. I’m so happy I found the US Hardcover with this beautiful cover while looking on Amazon UK.
All of these characters within this book are either funny, quirky, strong-willed, brave and always surprised me in any way. I love these characters and I can’t wait to see what will happen to them within the other two books in this series.
Time to jump to The Vanishing Throne. Now, will this book kill me the way The Falconer did? I really hope not…