The Vanishing Throne. Book Review

THE VANISHING THRONE by Elizabeth May
Gollancz. p/b. 384pp. £16.99
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Lady Alieana Kameron survived her last attack by the Wild Hunt but the fight is far from over. After the fae killed her mother she wanted revenge, but now her motivation is about more than that. There is a world to save, and as the last remaining Falconer Kam must and will play her part.

She comes to, the remains of the Unseelie kingdom surrounding her. Lonrach, bearing the scar she gave him when she failed to kill him, has all the time he wants to torment Alieana. Trapped in his domain, not knowing how much of her beloved home is left undestroyed, he tells her that he needs her alive, to unlock something for him, so there is no escape.

The story follows Alieana and builds much more on her relationships with her fae companions and enemies. There is much more focus on Kadamach and his true history, and the narrative nicely details his coming to terms with feeling and Alieana’s coming to terms with feeling too much.

Like The Falconer before it, The Vanishing Throne is a quick read and on that basis an enjoyable fae-based fantasy. The dedication to back stories adds depth, so where the first book focused on action and fighting, the follow up presents a more even blend of action and emotional content which strengthens the offering and gives more reader-reward for its fan base.