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The Falconer : Book One of the Falconer Trilogy

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Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope. Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 152.4 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 544.31g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1452114234
  • 9781452114231
  • 20,811

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"A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action--I burned through this sparkling debut!" --Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series "Simply put, my favorite YA paranormal this year. A must read!"--New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout "Forget Bella, banish Katniss and Expelliarmus Hermione-there is a new breed of ass-kicker intown. . . . Elizabeth May's debut is a wicked cocktailof Jane Austen and the Grimms' fairy tales."--Claire Nicholls, SciFiNow "Those who know me will know why, personally, I was very happy to see a new series coming out of author/illustrator Micah Player called Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Traveling Girl."--Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Collections Specialist "A combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her own against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike."--Publishers Weekly "It's very rare to find a YA fantasy that blends the otherworldly with a very real and raw heroine. I ate up this story and mourned when it was over. The Falconer is a standout read."--Read. Breathe. Relax. "Aileana is an amazing, brave hero... the writing crackles with wit."--Booklist "I couldn't get enough of this steampunk world and all it's awesome gadgets."--Owl Always Be Reading "[A] fascinating, unique world. May's writing is exquisite and demands a close reading to take everything in. readers will be anxious for the next installment."-School Library Journal "Witty dialogue, nonstop action, and campy humor. More, please."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Ball gowns, blood, and an evil fairy determined to bring about the end of the world-this comedy of manners has it all."--School Library Journal Curriculum Connections "A character and a world that breathes life into fantasy."--Library Media Connection "This book was AWESOME. It's full of well-worn tropes and cliches.but somehow transcends them all to become some new animal that is the best of all its borrowed parts." -- Billie Bloebaum, Powell's
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About Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May hails from California and is currently a PhD student in social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Falconer is her first novel.
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Rating details

9,945 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 26% (2,627)
4 36% (3,607)
3 26% (2,562)
2 8% (831)
1 3% (318)

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The Falconer is a rare type of fantasy book, one that carefully blends a number of different characteristics to create a one-of-a-kind story. This is a fantasy with powerful fae and a hint of steampunk which is sure to please readers looking for a thrilling adventure. Reasons to Read: 1. Plenty of action: The Falconer starts with a bang and ends with one. The action in this story just never ends! I loved how fast-paced it was, but the fight scenes and action was also purposeful. I think this is a feature that will appeal to many readers who enjoy plenty of excitement in their books, but with a reason and explanation for all of it. 2. An intelligent main character: I really like protagonists to be smart and Aileana is a perfect model of an intelligent lead character. She's not only brave and headstrong, but her cleverness is biggest strength. It saves her in many tough situations. She spends much of her time trying to balance her "real life" as the daughter of a Marquess and her hobby of hunting down the fae in Scotland. Needless to say, the two don't complement each other. 3. n intriguing setting: I loved the Scottish setting in The Falconer - I haven't read nearly enough books set in Scotland so I thought that was neat. I also liked how Elizabeth borrowed much of the mythology in her book from Scottish mythology, staying true to the setting. There's a bit of steampunk twisted in but it isn't overpowering and I wouldn't exactly call this a steampunk book, either. It's minimal and just a taste to add to the fantasy atmosphere. I was underwhelmed by the love story, unfortunately. I didn't feel strongly about her love interest or the chemistry between them at all. There was definitely something there and I liked that it had a nice, slow build but towards the end of the book it started to feel more rushed. This is the kind of romance I would have preferred to have seen gradually build over an entire series - it felt too sudden for one book. The Falconer is a fast-paced read that has me excited for the sequel - I can't wait to see where the story goes and what happens next since there was so much left unfinished in the first book. Review copy received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation received.show more
by Brenna Staats
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