Aristocrat’s Ransom: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

May 2, 2014 Review 30 ★★★★

Aristocrat’s Ransom: The Falconer by Elizabeth May
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Source: Edelweiss
Pages: 336
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Series: The Falconer #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
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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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Major Selling Points:

Steampunk & Faeries

I did not know how much I wanted this book until I read THE FALCONER’s synopsis. I mean I love historical, I love steampunk, I love the vicious fey. A book with all three of those elements? GET ON MY SHELF.

Kick Ass Heroine

I really enjoy reading about those strong, kick ass heroines that are so different from me. They always tend to be sassy and hilarious and awesome to read about. Plus, they get involved in more action and cool plot lines and I’m quite envious of them. Aileana is certainly a kick ass heroine, but she’s an extra interesting one, bound by society to particular roles and obligations she’d rather not have to perform. It’s an interesting struggle to read about, and her strength pushing against the status quo as well as killing faeries just added more to the story I think…

Swashbuckling:


I NEED TO VENT ABOUT THAT ENDING. THAT CANNOT BE THE ENDING. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT. THERE HAS TO BE MORE. IT CAN”T HAVE ENDED RIGHT THERE IT CAN”T I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT.

Yeah, major cliffhanger alert. Other than that, I have no issues with the story line. It’s quite easy to read, though some may find it a bit slow to begin with, the addictiveness increases the further you get into it. There’s lots of action mixed in with historical social scenes, parties, mystery, suspense, hilarity, tension, pretty much everything I could ask for. It’s all delivered quite brilliantly and builds to a massive climax that ends sO ABRUPTLY WHY DID YOU DO THIS, ELIZABETH MAY?? MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE IT I NEED THE NEXT ONE DLKSHKDJ 

Lingo:


The writing in THE FALCONER does take a little getting used to. Why? Well, firstly it’s written in present tense and I can’t remember the last time I read a book written in that manner. And then there’s all the fey/world specific/historical terms that I had no clue about. And because I was reading a digital ARC, I couldn’t flip to the back and check for a glossary. This is where I say thank goodness for Kelley @ Oh, the Books! lexicon. Once I got used to all those things, the writing was quite enjoyable. I even highlighted a few passages that need to be added to my quote book…

Crew:

Aileana

Aileana is such an interesting character. So very very angry, struggling with the aftermath of her mother’s murder, her new hobby killing faeries, and society’s expectations. I loved how bloodthirsty she was, how loyal and blunt, how smart she was (usually. Sometimes the bloodlust got a bit out of hand). I also loved reading how she invented her own gadgets, that actually proved incredibly useful and important! Those things were so cool.

Kiaran

*fans self* That’s all I’m going to say about our mysterious, broody, attractive faerie man.

Derrick

DERRICK WAS THE BEST CHARACTER OMG. Definitely the comic relief of the novel, he was hilarious! I loved every scene he was in, even if he barely had a line. He’s just a funny little bugger with the best lines and idiosyncrasies. A lot of people are going to get a kick out of him.

Swoonability:


SO MUCH TENSION IN THIS BOOK SHFKJHSJDKHSKHDj And the romance… I AAAAAHHHH MANY FEELS ASSOCIATED WITH MY SHIPS. AND THE WAY IT ENDED AND SDHLKDSHKJHSJDKjHSJKSHJKHDJK

I am not going to be able to talk about this nope. Too many feels. What should I try and say? I don’t think I can say anything without spoilers. Man, this is frustrating. I guess just know that I love my ship and the interactions of the ship and even though nothing happened until near the end, reading the developing relationship(s) and their reactions to each other and everything I just *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

Ships:

  • Derrick x Honey
  • Aileana x Kiaran
  • Me x BOOK TWO BECAUSE THAT ENDING IS CRUEL
  • Aileana x inventing
  • Kiaran x non answers
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Overall: 4.3

30 Responses to “Aristocrat’s Ransom: The Falconer by Elizabeth May”

  1. Melliane

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. It was so good! I was ok with the cliffy I confess but I’m really curious to see what will happen. And you’re right, I LOVED Derrick! this character is just awesome! thanks for the review!
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    • Bec

      It was amazing!! I’m okay with the cliffhanger too, I actually love cliffhangers but the just KHHLKHSFKHDKJSD I NEED TO KNOW MORE!!

      Derrick was just the best little pixie :D

    • Bec

      I think it just hit an awesome combination of genres in the exact right manner with a really interesting plot and somehow came out of the oven as perfection.

      AND MY GOSH THAT ENDING DON”T EVEN GET ME STARTED (just read it to find out for yourself :P )

    • Bec

      I’ve only seen positive things so far but I can understand people’s feelings about the ending! It’s just… ends. So quickly.

      I hope you find some other good reviews for it because it’s a really lovely book and deserves a lot of love :)

    • Bec

      It was! My first actual approval on EW :D But it’s out now/in the next few days so if it’s not up you can always buy it ;)(and I must get my own physical copy…)

      Steampunk and fey are a great combo and I’m definitely going to look for more after this!

    • Bec

      Thanks! Derrick x Honey is the best ship :P

      The lexicon was the best thing! Save me so much confusion and made it more enjoyable because I understood most of the unfamiliar things!

    • Bec

      Yes, yes you do :D Aileana is really interesting and badass. I can’t wait for more of her & her growth.

      haha, I feel similarly about cliffhangers. Hate the abruptness and lack of more, but love the amount of emotion they bring out of me and the story leading up to them.

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      Thanks! This style was brought over from my own blog that I had to shut down, but I couldn’t give up the style because it’s too much fun!

      I hope you get your hands on a copy of THE FALCONER and love it as much as I did!

    • Bec

      I love historical novels, and with steampunk you get that + some really cool technology! (If you’re looking for more I recommend The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress, STORMDANCER WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ THAT YET, the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, and this books, The Falconer, among others)

      I always find couples to ship. Always XD

    • Bec

      Derrick was the best!! So hilarious and cute and perfect.

      I have seen one episode of Adventure Time but those gifs were too perfect not to use. Especially for Mr Dark Mysterious Faery XD

      Weird lingo that is specific to the culture/mythology adds to the world building and I tend to like it too! It can just be confusing when there’s no glossary to explain terms (this does have a glossary at the end for fey terms, I just couldn’t access it on my eARC)

  2. Joyousreads

    Lol! Can I be honest and say, who needs to read a drawn out review when you can express it via gifs? I hate gifs. Hate ’em with a passion. Thanks to you, I am now a changed woman.

    Anyway, I’m a little worried about that ending. I was all gung-ho to read this book, and now I’m debating whether or not I should wait…conundrum.
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    • Bec

      MWAHAHA THAT WAS MY SECRET GOAL ALL ALONG. First, convert unbelievers to liking gifs, next, world domination :P

      READ IT AND SUFFER WITH US!!! It’s the good type of suffering. You know, the type where you love the book my the ending tears you up inside and give you lots of feels and you cry because you’re desperate for the next book and so reread the first multiple time in an attempt to fill that gaping hole :)

    • Bec

      I think it’s impossible for a story with steampunk and faeries to have a terrible plot or world because I always love them! Maybe if it had terrible romance or writing or something it wouldn’t be as enjoyable… Fortunately that is no the case with THE FALCONER

    • Bec

      The evil fey are the best fey! The ending is bearable… you just might almost through you’re kindle/book across the room because IT CANNOT END THERE I NEEED MOOOOOOREEE

      This is where I try and convince you to get it now because book 2 comes out in the UK later this year (I think) :P

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