Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday #Review - The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May #YALit #Fantasy @ChronicleBooks

Series: The Falconer # 3
Format: E-Galley, 336 pages
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. 

Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. 

To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

The Fallen Kingdom is the third and final installment in author Elizabeth May's The Falconer trilogy. Aileana Kameron's journey as The Falconer comes to an action packed and emotional ending. One last journey to face yet another powerful villain, familiar faces, friends, and even more of a challenge in finding a way to break the curse that hangs over Kiaran and Aithinne's heads which, if not solved, will leave one of them dead. But, what's really on the front burner, is what Aileana now carries within her.

Something so powerful, that it makes her believe she is a creature of chaos and death. Perhaps that is how it's meant to be anyway. After all, Aileana has been to hell and managed to crawl her way back to the land of the living. Nothing has been easy. Especially what happened to her in the previous installment. She's seen and done things that would make an average character run away and hide for the next 10 years. If you've read the first two novels, and you really should have, The Fallen Kingdom picks up (2) months after Aileana's deadly encounter with Sorcha.

Aileana's life has been filled with death, destruction, and murder since she picked up the mantle of the Falconer from her mother. She has returned from the other side as someone that is much, much darker than the one that we saw at the end of The Vanishing Throne. Aileana's journey is pretty simple, but getting there will take a whole lot of effort, and some very curious alliances. Aileana must find an ancient book in order to save her Unseelie lover Kiaran and Aithinne, the Seelie Queen & force behind the Falconer's. To do so, Aileana must put her faith in Kiaran, Aithinne, and yes, even Sorcha in order to find the book, and save the world.

Overall, I really loved Aithinne and Kam together. Yes, Aithinne has a bit of a freaky side, and she loves to jump off dangerous cliffs, but hey, a little freaky goes a long way in keeping me, as a reader, entertained. Plus, she's one of three badass women in this story who can carry her own story and really stand out doing so. Loved the emotional connection between Derrick and Kam. Everyone should have a Derrick in their lives even for just one brief moment in time. Have to say the most curious storyline is between Aileana and Sorcha. Had Sorcha not done what she did in the past because of, well love, jealously, idiocy, spite, resentment, etc., this duo would be nearly unstoppable to all takers. We can talk all day long about the romance between Kam and bad boy Kiaran who is truly a hero of his own molding. But, what's the point? It's not like the author was going to tear the couple apart, and let them walk into the sunset alone, was she? I mean, that would be like totally ridonkulous right?

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