Book Review – The Falconer

Posted January 31, 2017 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – The FalconerThe Falconer Series: The Falconer #1
by Elizabeth May
Published by Chronicle Books on May 6, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 378
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale

She's a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She's a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she's leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She's a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She's a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother's murder—but she'll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.


The Falconer is a book I’ve had on my shelf for a long time and I can’t believe I waited so long to read this.  This was an exciting historical fantasy!

What did I like?

  • I loved Aileana! She’s a strong, intelligent heroine out for revenge and to save the world. Aileana kicks faery ass!
  • Kiaran MacKay is a powerful faery who has been training Aileana to fight. He’s very mysterious and the chemistry between him and Aileana is intense. I need to know what happens with them!
  • The other supporting characters Catherine, Gavin and Derrick are likeable and I hope they’ll be a part of the next books.
  • I loved the steampunk technology and it added a fun element to the story. Aileana develops some interesting and cool gadgets. Her creativity and independence made me love her more.
  • The action scenes were well-written and had me on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down until I found out the outcome of a fight.


What didn’t I like?

  • The pace was slow in the beginning but it does pick up once I reached the half mark.
  • The faery terms were a little confusing to keep track of. I’ve read other books with faeries and these are all new terms that sounded similar.


Overall I enjoyed The Falconer. There is a surprising cliffhanger ending so I need to read the next book soon.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy The Falconer (The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, The Fallen Kingdom). She was born and raised in California before moving to Scotland, where she earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband and two cats.

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2 responses to “Book Review – The Falconer

    • Kathy

      Lately the books I’ve read have a slow start. I don’t know if it’s just me being impatient lol. But I did like this. I hope you get a chance to read this. Thanks Katherine!