Elizabeth May The Falconer


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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?

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    The Falconer


    27. December 2016 um 10:43

    Why, yes please!! Now I know why everyone´s reminded of the Fever series when reading this. It´s like meeting a distant cousin of a dear friend. You know, when you get the distinct feeling that he seems familiar but you can´t pinpoint why. The Falconer is quite different from the typical YA fantasy/paranormal/ whatever genre. It´s set in the well known Victorian era (hello, white wedding dresses) and combines not only the characteristics of the epoch, but also some fairly incredible steampunk elements and Scottish folklore. Something about the fae stuff just keeps pulling me close. The plot is way darker than the average YA historical fiction and the heroine matches the pace and vibe every step of the way. Aileana is torn between her inner demons, her need for vengeance and her expectations. Living up to the orders of her father and the traits society deemed adequate for young ladies is complicated enough, even without the nightly trips Aileana undertakes to avenge her mother´s death. So yes, she is a heroine of the fabulous kind. She´s tough, sarcastic, funny, smart and sensible. The plot is exciting and captivating, fast paced and strangely gloomy. Could be the nighttime setting, but a shivers constantly went down my spine. Creepily good. Aileana´s personality is perfectly complimented by her side characters of whom Catherine certainly stands out. And Kirian, oh Kirian. No further comment necessary. Also, thanks for not agonizing us with yet another love triangle. It would´ve been nothing but dreadful anyway. 

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