The Falconer is set in 1844 Edinburgh, Scotland, where 18 year old Aileana Kameron has spent the past year grieving over her mothers death, while training to kill the Faeries she holds responsible by a mysterious Fae who has a very long history.
Aileana is a study in contrast. She is expected to attend social events while facing scrutiny over her participation in her mothers death, and doing what her father demands of her including marrying someone she has no true feelings for. Aileana is also a very accomplished inventor and Fae killer who makes everything from guns, to instruments of mass destruction in order to hunt the Fae.
I will say that it was hard for me to sit back and watch as this book was released in the UK. I suffered greatly through the reviews, hoping that one day soon publishers would learn that releasing books AT THE SAME TIME around the world, would prevent such trivial things like reviewers spoiling the book for you, or laughing at you because they've read it and you are an ignorant sod who just happens to live in a country where you have to wait a full year to read it. Yes, I have issues.
Thanks, Ms May, for absolutely taking my breath away with THAT ending. You left me filled with angst, hopeful for a romance between Aileana and Kiaran MacKay with a KISS that was all that and a box of chocolate covered cherry's, and suddenly, left me demanding more with a MAJOR tease of more mysteries, and more difficulties facing Aileana!
I think May does a fairly decent job of setting up the world of 1844 Edinburgh. She lays it out that women still do not have a say in their own future even with Aileana being such a wonderful inventor, the last of her line of women Falconers, and definitely someone who needs to be let out and not restrained by societal expectations and a father who couldn't give one fig what really happens to her.
The Falconer definitely kept me interested with the combined Historical/Steampunk aspects intertwined with a heroine who enjoys terrorizing the fae, while tempting us with the grand morsel of a possible love fest between two characters who SHOULD be together. Of course, now those of us in the US will have to wait yet another year (2015) for the sequel to come out and that is just too long!
*Recvd via Edelweiss 12/03/2013* Published May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books (first published September 12th 2013)
Author - Elizabeth May
Title - The Falconer (The Falconer # 1)
Published by Chronicle Books
Released: May 6, 2014
Genre: Steampunk, Historical
Format: E-Book 378 pages