The idea of the book was a sound one and could have been a fantastic one, it's three of my favourite types of books rolled into one - Steampunk, Paranormal (the Fae in this case) Fantasy and Historical Fiction. A Steampunk Edinburgh of 1844 full of faeries, sounds like fun and to a certain extent it really was. The melding of the historical and the steampunk was very cool and quite well done. The faeries (the sìthichean) are as evil and selfish as faeries really should be. Th book as a whole just didn't quite hit the mark for me unfortunately.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this book is terrible as I did quite enjoy reading it. I loved the idea of throwing the Steampunk twist into the mix and setting it in an alternate version of the past did make the book stand-out against others of this type but my problem was that it just didn't live up to my expectations of it. Maybe that was me expecting too much. The biggest flaw in the whole book was the ending though but more on that in a bit.
In conclusion The Falconer is perfectly readable and quite enjoyable to a point but when it comes down to it the whole book was more than a bit spoiled by a rather bizarre ending. Yes, leave the book on a cliffhanger to make the reader buy and read the next book in a series but what on earth possessed the author to leave this book right in the middle of a battle, in the middle of all the action? You're gearing up to a great finale when it just stops dead, just a plain odd place to stop at that and I had to double check that I had the whole book with mine, being a proof copy of the book I did have to wonder, but no that is definitely where the author wanted to stop. Such a silly ending seriously affects the way you feel about the book when you've finished it, it's a very unsatisfying and you're left feeling very bemused and thinking 'huh?'. Very odd indeed and it really doesn't encourage me to read the next book when it comes out at all and that's very disappointing!