The Falconer, Book 1
Synopsis: Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.
Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.
But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?
Review: I have a big weakness for Faes and the Victorian period and it’s therefore why I was very attracted by the novel. So after seeing a review of The Falconer, I was very curious to find out and see for myself how it was. And I must say that I had a great time.
Aileana is a young woman who has gone through many trials. Her mother died, murdered and everyone is convinced that she is the culprit. Yet this is not the case, and there are many very complicated and mysterious circumstances in this case. But since this event, the new Kam’s pastimes are to kill Faes to avenge the person they took from her. However, because of her condition as a young debutante, she is limited by her movements and the more she thrives in her new life, the more rumors are spread about her. And while she hoped not to have to think about marriage for a while, it seems that her father has decided otherwise. A bad time when we know that Aileana must find the portal between the two worlds to avoid an invasion.
As I said, I had a great time with the novel and it is true that it is always interesting to see the ideas of the authors about the Faes. Aileana is a girl driven by revenge, something that helps her to continue with her life, yet she always puts her life on the line, and her reputation every time she decides to save the life of a person from these creatures. Under a very strong and independent appearance, we perfectly see the flaws of our heroine who wants to be cared for, to be loved and believed. But she also hopes more than anything to confide in someone about what she has become. But very quickly, others will be aware of her secret and she will have to choose if she accepts them into her world or not. We also meet two men: Gavin and Karian, two completely different characters. Gavin is a seer and seems able to see things that others can not. And while he was her childhood love, it looks like that the time has changed her feelings. Yet, it seems that something binds them together whatever happens. Regarding Kiaran, it’s pretty difficult to really decide about him. There are moments in the story when we appreciate him, and others when we hate him, we see that he is trying to get something from the girl even if it is difficult to determine what. It is a dark and complex character that we learn to discover throughout the story. You’re probably wondering if we have a love triangle here, right? And it is true that it is quite difficult to say, but it is possible that this is the case. I think we will really see it in the next volume.
A lot of things are initiated here. We discover Aileana’s life and her world. A war is approaching and we remain curious about the purpose of all these events. The story was a nice discovery for me and I’m really curious now to learn more and discover the second novel of the trilogy.