15791085The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: ALAMW2014
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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? –


Picture it. It’s 1844. It’s Edinburgh, Scotland, with a bit of steampunk. With a light version of Steampunk thrown in and that is The Falconer. While, May made me feel like I was in 1844 with Aileana being looked down upon by society and the lack of true technology. The book ultimately did not work for me.

You see, Aileana is a bit..weird. 1844 quirky you could say. She can see faerys and after one killed her mother, hell hath no fury like a woman who’s mother was killed. Quickly after this, Aileana forms an alliance with Kiaran, who himself is a fae. Kiaran has his own messed up back story, which is also all about vengeance, even though the two know almost nothing about each other and the messed up backstories. Their alliance is strictly and purely business, there is no care about the personal side.

Until now.

Along with Kiaran, and fighting the fae, Aileana is fighting her father and society. Her father has recently returned to town and would like to marry her off, now that she is the right age, it is important that she is presented. As you can assume, she is super excited about this prospect. While Aileana is fighting her father and being presented, she is continuously training with Kiaran to become stronger and better and fighting the fae. There is a lot of fighting in this novel.

Yet, for all the fighting and action in this novel, I was consistently bored. I never got the feeling that I was in 1844 Edinburgh. I felt like this could have taken place right next to me, in present day 2014 Phoenix. With such a rich time period, I hoped for more and sadly stayed disappointed for most of The Falconer. What didn’t disappoint me however was Aileana and her need for vengeance. She wasn’t afraid to kick ass, but when she wasn’t kicking ass she was just..there. Flat, arguing with her father about society. I quickly stopped caring about Aileane, the bad-ass character that Kiaran was supposed to be and even the perfect love interest that is Gavin.

I wanted to love this book. I did. Most people I’m friends with on goodreads loved and adored this book, but for me, the book, the characters, everything ultimately fell flat.