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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575130407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575130401
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth May resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband. THE FALCONER is her début novel. For more information, follow her on Twitter @_ElizabethMay or visit her website www.elizabethmaywrites.com

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Elizabeth May's debut is a wicked cocktail of Jane Austen's high society and the Grimm's fairy tales. Absolutely wonderful: a Must Read Now novel (SCI FI NOW)

The Falconer really is a fantastic debut and one I'd highly recommend to fans of urban fantasy with a historical setting, Elizabeth May is definitely an author to watch out for! (Sarah Gibson feelingfictional.com)

It was refreshing to read a YA fantasy set in Scotland, and May used the landscape evocatively, creating a perfect setting for her wild Fae. A fun book with likeable characters. (Books for Keeps)

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Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

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By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2013
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Since the day that Aileana witnessed her mother's murder she has been aware of the faeries that walk amongst us unseen by most humans. At a time in her life when she should be focusing on attending balls and attracting a wealthy husband she is leading a secret double life. While pretending to act like the young lady she was brought up to be she sneaks out at night to hunt and kill the fae with the help of her mentor Kiaran. What she wants most is to track down the faery who killed her mother so that she can have her revenge. It isn't easy keeping her night time activities a secret and she knows that if she is caught she will lose her reputation and be shunned by polite society but that's a risk she is willing to take if it means stopping the fae from killing more innocent victims.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Elizabeth May's debut novel The Falconer and it's been at the top of my wish list since I first heard about it. Just one look at that stunning cover and I was sold but the blurb hooked me even more especially when I heard Aileana compared to one of Buffy's ancestors who fights the fae instead of vampires. I'll admit I was a little nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations but I'm very happy to say that this is a fabulous start to a new series and it's one I can't wait to continue. The Falconer is historical urban fantasy at it's best with a strong, kick-ass heroine, a rich historical setting and plenty of action. It also has a hint of steampunk in the weapons and gadgets that Aileana has designed to help her fight the much stronger, faster fae.

Aileana is a fabulous heroine, she has changed a lot since witnessing her mother's murder and is no longer the spoilt young lady that she once was.
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Its the 1840's in Edinburgh and Lady Aileana Kameron is recovering from the traumatic death of her mother, a murder she witnessed. All is not as it seems for beneath the dances, pretty dresses and demands of social status Aileana hides a secret. She is a Falconer, a hunter of faeries. The gift makes her stronger, quicker and more deadly than other humans and she raises to the occasion, spending her days hiding her true nature and her nights hunting and killing faeries while tracking the one that killed her mother. She's not without allies, Kieran a powerful fae who kills his own kind for a mysterious reason and Derrick, who is the cutest fae ever and has a passion for making his own clothing. Laden with the responsibility that comes with being a member of a rich powerful family Aileana must juggle her dances, a wedding proposal and her friends while also preventing the end of the world.
This is simply an entertaining book with quick funny dialogue. The steam-punk elements in particular are impressive, there are floating lights, early version of helicopters, locomotives and even a sonic cannon! The main reason I love this book is because the author avoided easy routes. For example, Gavin the seer (he can see the fae and has visions but lacks the strength to fight them)is forced by social convention to marry her but Aileana doesn't suddenly fall in love with him, their friendship doesn't suddenly turn to suit the purpose of cliche. Also, there's no feminine horror and disgust when it comes to the subject of gore and killing, Aileana is a fighter first and foremost. She isn't horrified by it and she certainly doesn't faint at the sight of something ghastly. This is gutsy and interesting writing, a truly strong female character without any of the 'oh, I simply can't do that' nonsense. I must admit I did find there to be too many similarities to Buffy which lessened the originality of the story for me but overall this is a fun quick-paced read.
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By P. M. Ryans VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2013
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Strange point to start on but the main niggle for me was the character's name - Aileana. For some reason it jarred as being just too "fantasy" and did spoil the premise and enjoyment of the story.

Having said that this book is a cauldron of faery lore, steam-punk and fantasy all bubbling away and for those more in tune with the genre it might just be to their liking. I did enjoy the Scottish setting instead of the usual London-centric scenario. This is definitely a YA book, which for me normally means an easy and enjoyable read and for that I am now feeling a little too old!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Bones VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2013
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I'm a 65 year old male and I'm supposed to get a "targeted" Vine list from Amazon of books to review in the genres I prefer. This month among things like baby nappies and other wholly inappropriate stuff there was just one book. This one, a young adult book that at first glance looked likely to be a typical zombie novel with a bit of teen romance thrown in. So almost as a bit of fun I selected it for review anyway. And you know what ? Its great !

Set in a sort of steampunk version of Edinburgh in the mid 1800s, the age of the Fae (Fairies) has been over since they were defeated and most of them imprisoned below the earth's surface. But quite a few have still managed to survive and wreak havoc up on the surface. Invisible to most humans these are not fairies of the Christmas tree variety, most of them are nasty killers. And our heroine is Lady Aileana Kameron whose mother was killed by a fairy although, as with most such deaths, it has been put down to murder of a more human variety. Aileana witnessed her mother's death and since that time has become aware that she is the last in the line of women called Falconers who have the speed, skill and recovery powers to be natural killers of the Fae. So she is out for revenge. The fairy that killed her mother is still at large and to make matters worse the seal that has so far kept the Fae hordes locked away is beginning to crumble so there is a race against time to do something to stop the disaster to humans that is surely coming.

Its all nonsense of course but done with such brio and beautifully controlled writing that it actually works. We have a rich collection of supporting characters, including Derrick the pixie who gets drunk on honey, the devilish fairy Kiaran who is Aileana's mentor and Gavin the love interest.
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