Review: The Falconer

*spoilers may be in this review*

To be completely honest, I’m not sure what I thought of this book.
It’s the story of a young Scottish socialite reeling after the death of her mother at the hands of a faery. Since then, she has lived the double life of going through her season by day, training with another faery to kill by night. She has the ability to sense them, and if she does she goes after them- and revels in the feeling.

Things I liked:
-Aileana was quite the character. She was an inventor, she knew her way around weapons, and she was bloodthirsty. Very, very bloodthirsty. I, for one, like vicious characters, so she was pretty cool.
-SCOTLAND. We need more fantasy set in Scotland. Just sayin’.
-Historical fantasy is so interesting… I rather enjoy the genre.
-Kieran was epic and I loved him. Fae males… (throne of glass? acomaf?) 😉

Things I didn’t like:
Half the time I didn’t know what was going on. And I’m not talking about the plot- that, while sometimes confusing, was nothing compared to the relationship drama going on. Who’s angry at who? Who is who? I was lost.
-Speaking of which, who the heck was Gavin? He was totally extraneous. Yeah, I guess there would be a bit missing without the whole wedding thing, but you could totally betroth her to Lord F or whoever that was that she danced with, and not have a problem. The main storyline would be fine without him.
-Same with Dona. Just… rather confused, here.
-It moved very fast. I feel like there could have been a lot more there, instead of having 378 pages go by in two hours.
-What’s this with hiding things? Like, I know she was grieving, but AT LEAST YOU COULD HAVE TOLD HER ABOUT INCOMING ARMAGEDDON!!!!! AND POISON BARBS!!! AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT COULD HAVE KILLED HER BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T KNOW BUT GOT LUCKY.
-I liked Kieran, yeah, but I still can’t make heads or tails out of him. He’s not human, which apparently means he lacks human logic.
-If Sorcha killed her mother, (a) why, and (b) why does she not have the biggest role? I thought she’d be the one to… attack them in the end. And who is she, anyway?
-And who is Lonnrach and why does he have such a big role?
-What exactly happened in the last few chapters? I literally have no idea what all happened.

I guess I will be continuing the series since I checked out the sequel, but this was quite the disappointment. There was a lot of potential in it- steampunk machines, historical Scotland, faery-killing, etc- but it did not live up to it. I was pretty excited, too… 😦

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