The Falconer

The Falconer : A sweeping historical fantasy like you've never read before, full of magic, mystery and slow-burn romance

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Set in Victorian-era Scotland and filled to the brim with fae, this is an historical steampunk fantasy adventure that will sweep you away.

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?

Readers love The Falconer:

'I LOVED IT. I swallowed this book. Plain and simple. The quick pace was captivating, the descriptions and landscapes breathtaking and the heroine really badass!!' Goodreads reviewer,

'This book is so different in terms of what's out there in the YA market. I loved the historical aspect . . . Besides the bloody awesome fight scenes, if you guys know me, I'm all about the romance and the romance in this book is one of my favourite kinds' Goodreads reviewer,

'I found the storyline unique . . . I liked everyone in this book which usually doesn't happen . . . I loved the relationships . . . Overall, this was a great book' Goodreads reviewer,

'I was only a few pages into this book when I knew it was going to become a part of me . . . Elizabeth May has such a way with words, and she has woven a gorgeous tale full of adventure, magic, and romance' Goodreads reviewer,

'Annnnnnnd this book enters my top ten of favourites . . . Read this for the angsty fae goodness' Goodreads reviewer,

'THE FALCONER was PHENOMENAL!!! From its Scotland lure, to its vengeance and murder, to its THRILLING, action-packed adventure, and heart-pounding, slow burning romance' Goodreads reviewer,

'This book is action-packed with excellent character and relationship development, world-building, and witty repartee' Goodreads reviewer,
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 28mm | 242g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780575130425
  • 124,785

Review quote

A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action - I burned through this sparkling debut!

Elizabeth May's debut is a wicked cocktail of Jane Austen's high society and the Grimm's fairy tales. Absolutely wonderful: a Must Read Now novel! - SCI FI NOW

A stunning debut and very firmly recommended - STARBURST
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About Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is a professional photographer who has worked for an array of magazines and publishing houses. She is currently living in Edinburgh, with her husband, while both studying and teaching photography. This is her debut novel.
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17,874 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 27% (4,752)
4 37% (6,652)
3 26% (4,594)
2 8% (1,398)
1 3% (478)
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