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Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May + GiveawayThe Falconer by Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Published by Gollancz on 26th September 2013
Format: ARC
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Author
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four-stars
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?

I was hanging out with my good friend, Elizabeth May.  We were riding unicorns along a deserted beach as our hair whipped in the wind, occasionally strands of her red and my brown locks blending together.  We gazed lovingly together as we rode, smiling as joy filled our hearts in an almost mutual amount.

When we pulled our unicorns to a break, having reached the peak of a cliff overlooking the sea, I took an opportunity to ask her a question.

“Elizabeth,” I said whimsically as I gazed out at the setting sun glinting off the ocean, “Why did you break my heart with the ending of The Falconer?”

She smiled sadly and beckoned me forward, cricking her finger in my direction to encourage me closer.  I leaned in expectantly.  In a flash she was on me, stabbing me several times in the abdomen before whipping behind me, yanking my hair back and slitting my throat.  As the blood spewed out my throat, drenching my chest, she whispered in my ear, “The House of May sends its regards.”

Then she dumped my body over the cliff, but I wasn’t paying attention to that.  Because I was dead.  My soul wasn’t, though.  That is until she shot it, and it died too.

I really enjoyed The Falconer.  It wasn’t a perfect read.  For example, I loved Aileana’s tinkering, and the various Steampunk aspects of this book.  However, I feel like some of the aspects (Like a hovering hand that retrieves library books) were a little far-fetched.  The world interacted a little with the Steampunk aspects, but most of the innovations seemed limited to Aileana’s Fae killing usage.

There is a love interest.  He is hot.  Like, splooge hot.  But after a while of going:

Now Kiss

I was like: JUST KISS ALREADY!

Then there may or may not have been kissage.  And I may or may not have been like:

Spiderman's Body

The writing was great.  But you know what the best part is?  May didn’t get all flowery about the romance.  No. She got all flowery about the violence and massacre.  I swear to god, for anyone who likes kicking ass, and protagonists who can do so – this is the perfect book for it.  There is just a surplus of things that need to be shot, stabbed or blown up and Aileana is so very ready to oblige!  With delicious, delicious abandon.

The plot is the really healthy dose of angst, murdering the living hell out of things, and romantic tension.  They cycle around you, one after the other, like you’re a little kid on a Merry-G0-Round.  You know what’s coming next, but it’s so much fun that your mind is rocked any way.

I’m kind of ready to rage quit over the ending.  Like, I finished it and flipped the closest table I could get to.  It’s the kind of ending where you’re going to want to be glad Elizabeth May is on twitter so that you can rage at her about it.  (Her handle is @_ElizabethMay btw.  You’re welcome.)

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to go harass Elizabeth May some more.


 

Giveaway:

I’m giving away the ARC Elizabeth May gave me because I’m intending on buying the hardback myself.

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Kat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy

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Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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57 Responses to “Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May + Giveaway”

  1. thegirlinacafe1

    I cannot wait for this book! I sounds and looks like an awesome read. Historical fantasy/steampunk fiction set in the most awesome city in the world? Don’t mind if I do! And I’m glad to hear the love interest is splooge hot. This makes me all shades of happy.

  2. lucyyreads

    Loved the review! :) I really can’t wait to read this book.

  3. BonnieFranks

    It’s not so much your review as your reaction to the book!!  Enjoyed.

  4. Fantasy/Steampunk?! Baby, I’m there! I do quite like the sound of the action being very descriptive- I guess it’s not often that you see books that expands more on the action/violence side of things rather than the romance and setting. I don’t know whether I should wait until the sequel comes out to read this book though. That cliffhanger sounds a tad horrifying (in a good way, but still…)
    ps where can I get me a unicorn?

  5. adreamindream

    Great review! This book sounds completely awesome – steampunk with massacres and kick ass chicks? Totally! This one’s been on my dying to read shelf for a long time now. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  6. Wtf?! …..the beginning…. poor unicorn, it had to watch u bleed lol.

    I love the idea behind this book, and I hope it’s as good for me as it was to you. Great review Kat.

  7. Holy cow! This sounds as an epic read!! I love your reactions to it the most!
    Awesome review! <3
    *Adds book to my TBR list*

  8. MiltiadouK

    Hahaha now kiss already!! :D I’ve put it on my wishlist from the moment I’ve read the synopsis. The cover is amazing and I love steampunk. Thank you for the international giveaway!

  9. ireadthebooks

    I love when heroes/heroines who claim to be all tough and BA actually ARE tough and BA. I guess it appeals to the combative person inside me, but butt-kicking books are awesome. Also, the cover looks like someone made fire and that’s always nice!

  10. EddieLouise1
    Twitter:

    I am SO waiting for this book! Edinburgh is one of my favorite places in the whole world! AND Steampunk! AND the Fae! It sounds awesome. As for that ending… on the scale of NOOOOOOOOOO! as established by Patrick Ness in The Knife of Never Letting Go – how does this rate?

  11. You know, I’ve been reading E. May’s blog for about a year now and I have to say, I never realized she was so bloodthirsty!  Imagine stabbing someone for asking a simple question?
    I am now on the fence about this book.  I love battles and kick ass heroines, but I’m now thinking I want to wait until the next couple are out.  I learned that lesson after George R. R. Martin.

  12. SarahCorbin

    I have been dying to read this book!!! It sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. Aw, this book sounds AWESOME! I emailed the publicist of this book, in the USA, and they said the book had been wayyyy pushed back, which sucks for us USA-ians. Like, May 2014, or something. I’ve been waiting since January 2013! LOL :D

    Anyway, great review, Kat! You are really convincing in this review. The JUST KISS ALREADY sounds like my kind of book ;)

  14. Tammy
    Twitter:

    I look forward to reading a kick ass book!

  15. Ransom_Reads

    Entertaining review! I already expected this book to be kick ass and violent, but to here all the lyrical writing surrounds violence and not the so much the romance is great. Can’t wait to get my hands on this :D

  16. sunsetxcocktail

    Awesome review. Can’t wait for this to come out.

  17. So extremely keen to read this book. A kick-assing heroine? Non-flowery love? I obviously need this book in my life.
    I hate rage quitty endings, though, but I guess I’ll have to see if it’s rage-tweet worthy for me, as well, haha.
    I want to ‘meet’ the love interest, because if he is worthy of sexy Spiderman, he’s probably my type. 
    Anyway, this was a uber awesome review. ^.^

  18. KellisAmberlee_

    There is just never enough steampunk novels!!! I so adore them so I always gobble them up. This sure does sound pretty fantastic. I’m nervous about that ending though…

  19. JenB97879697

    She got all flowery about the violence and massacre. – I love that comment.  As a fan of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, I totally get that.  Actually, it’s that sentence that made me decide I really want to read this.

  20. Sounds really good. Like ‘I wanna roll around inside the book’ good. Don’t give me that look.

  21. Sfletcher01

    Can’t wait to read this!! I’m so excited!!!

  22. Aoibheal91

    I am so excited to read this book! Growing up I dreamed of being a writer alongside whatever career I ended up choosing. Though I am still in college, Elizabeth has motivated and inspired me so much through her friendship in my teenage years and seeing how much she has done (and I’m sure she will continue).

  23. Angela Wiebe

    I love the unicorn ride. Pretty awesome

  24. TriggerKatt
    Twitter:

    Okay, I wanted to read this book before. But after your review, I’m kinda biting at the bit right now. WHY must you make it seem so amazing? College has got me by the collar! I don’t have time to read! *wallows in misery*

  25. RochelleSharpe
    Twitter:

    I have never heard of this book before now but it sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway:)

  26. I knew there was a reason I was shipping us, Kat. You are fabulous. *insert Kat hairflip*
    I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one, too. I wasn’t sure about it but hoped I’d hear good things. Now I’m actually looking forward to giving it a try, so thank you!

  27. ThoughtsandPens

    Kat, I haven’t heard about this book but if it’s good enough for you, then I’m in.  Thanks to you and Elizabeth for this giveaway! :D

  28. erinf1

    I’d come across a cover reveal for this one and thought it sounded great. Good to know that it lives up to the hype :) Thanks for sharing!

  29. StarsBeRattling

    PICK MEEEEE

  30. KaitlinS

    I’m really excited about this book now. This was the first review I had read of it and it seems to be a great read. Plus, the cover is really cool. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  31. I WANTS IT. But I can wait to request an ARC, even though I think our release date is well behind the UK one. 
    I’ll read your review way later, after I”ve read and reviewed, but I’m happy to see you enjoyed it!

  32. Ina M

    Oooh! I’ve badly wanted to read The Falconer for a few months now – many thanks for the giveaway, hope the giveaway god is with me! (I’m really due some good luck after stuff going all sorts of wrong lately)

  33. cookiesmasher9

    thanks for the review and the lovely giveaway!can’t wait for this book to come out!

  34. hikarinotenshi93

    Woah….. that good? You’ll buy your own copy? I hope I win it!

  35. bjezerey

    I have been intrigued by this book for sometime, but now I know I will have to get my hands on it in the nearest possible future. Knowing that the ending produces that sort of reaction will only make the anticipation sweeter when I actually do get to read it. I would be thrilled to be considered as a potential ARC winner.

  36. May

    Sounds like a great book!   I love the idea of a debutant as an assassin.    Looking forward to reading it when it comes out if I don’t win it!

  37. booksandkatie

    I am really looking forward to reading this book :) Too bad I don’t live in the UK! It comes out there, first.

  38. PageMarieH

    I am SO excited for this book! I was so sad when the release date was pushed back but now it’s September and it’s ALMOST HERE! *flails*

  39. nephilimdemon

    I have been waiting for Miss May’s book since the beginning of the year! I am really excited to read this book!!!!

  40. rocapri
    Twitter:

    This is the first time I have seeen the cover. Pretty. Good luck everyone

  41. CarlyisKevin

    I dont want it… I NEEDS IT!

  42. That was a fabulous review. There might have been a few tears. Of laughter. Just sayin’. The book sounds great, too!

  43. caripao2001
    Twitter:

    Great review! Can’t wait to read it.

  44. kristiemjm

    I haven’t explored a lot books based outta Scotland. This looks awesome and I love faeries

  45. Mona6014

    I’ve been wanting to read this even before the cover was out! So excited!

  46. veela_valoom
    Twitter:

    This sounds interesting. Flowery about violence not romance? Hmmm

  47. GizmosReviews

    I have so much fun reading your reviews. Steampunk is one of my fav genre’s thus this clearly falls into my lust after and want now category and if I don’t win a copy, I shall burn your picture in effigy! ::cough:: Sorry, was possessed by my alter-ego there for a moment.

  48. I have heard great things about this book from authors and bloggers. I can’t wait to read it!

  49. F3stanie

    You definitely made this sound even more interesting :) Bring it on, beastly girl warrior.

  50. SAYjazzy9

    Thanks for the giveaway.I really want this book after reading so many great reviews.

  51. Staraptorkiin

    Would love to read this! It’s great to see more books getting out there with badass female leads ♥

  52. nadiareads
    Twitter:

    This book looks awesome! So full of action!

  53. Beckster

    Yet another hilarious review! Thanks for keeping up posted (and entertained) on upcoming books!

  54. I’m really looking forward to this book!

  55. Dear Kat,

    I hate you.

    How dare you do this to me? I thought we had something.

    You make this book sound so wonderful and I CANNOT HAS IT. You are a vicious monster to make me want this thing. Clearly, you are in league with the US publishers in order that you may ruin my bookish life.

    Once yours,

    Sobbingly,

    Christina
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  56. […] recently read The Falconer by Elizabeth May and resisted the urge to lobby my local parliament to change laws so […]

  57. Just finished this last night and this review is perfection.

    That is all.
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