The Falconer

The Falconer

Book - 2013
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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?
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2013.
ISBN: 9780575130418
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm.

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Vonnie01
Aug 08, 2017

I loved this book and couldn't put it down.
I wished the protagonist could have been more likable
because then you could connect with the story more.
The ending was riveting and made me want more.
Definitely 8.5/10!

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airplanejayne
Jun 16, 2017

I didn't mind this universe, but I thought the characters could have been better developed, and what's the point of introducing a "made-for-each-other" complicating love interest if they share no...interest? The cliffhanger ending left me pissed off because the author failed to resolve even one of the conflicts. I don't even care what happens in the next books.

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sandette
Jul 10, 2016

This was an interesting book- I loved the writing style and the concept, but I didn't really enjoy the relationship between the main character and the fae- I found it rushed and forced. Other than that, though, a good read.

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Stormtrooper55
Dec 28, 2015

you need to read the glossary/last pages to understand the book's common words 'of faery species.'
other than that, the book was a cliff hanger ended, and i cant wait to read the next one.
characters seem to remain flat, except Kiaran, but they are likable.

Great blending of regency with steampunk and fantasy. Cassandra Clare readers might enjoy this.

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Anistasya
Oct 12, 2014

An interesting enough story, set in steampunk / Victorian era Scotland.
Aileana is a Faery killer. Think Buffy mixed with Twilight and you'll get the idea. I appreciated that she was more active than Bella, but she was also incredibly blood-thirsty - to the point that she was hard to identify with.
I did read this in two sittings, so I'd rate that in the book's favor.
Warning though, this is the first in a trilogy and the ending is a total cliff-hanger.

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emilyswartzer
Jun 28, 2014

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. It kind of reminded me of Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series (one of my favorites)!

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Vonnie01
Aug 08, 2017

Vonnie01 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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