The Falconer. Book Review

16046550THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May
Gollancz, p/b, 336pp, £8.99
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

It is 1844, Edinburgh, and Aileana Kameron’s year of mourning is at an end. Her mother is dead, murdered, and she was blamed. Even Aileana’s father does not believe her innocent of her mother’s death. But she is innocent. A fae killed her mother, and Aileana will have her revenge.

Her life as a debutante continues as it has to, but amid the stares and the obligatory dances of court life, there are faeries to kill, and with her lightning pistol and everything she has learned about the fae in the last, hard year of her life, Aileana is the one to kill them. Sadly, the secret life she leads at night threatens her friendship with the one person who believes her innocent.

The Falconer rockets along at a fast pace following the young heroine’s journey from fae death to fae death as she pursues the one who took her mother from her. Traditional elements of fae stories are accompanied by beautifully described steampunk gadgets producing a very easy to read story with a likeable heroine and equally likeable supporting characters.

This first book in the series ends rather abruptly, though, and at times the action does become rather too focused on describing the many battles in detail. As a result the larger threats and consequences the protagonist, and indeed the country, faces are given a slight back seat as their potential impact is forgotten among the more immediate issues.