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The Falconer: Book One of the Falconer Trilogy by [May, Elizabeth]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Falconer (3 Book Series)

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Gr 8 Up—In this debut novel set in an alternate 19th-century Scotland, Aileana, daughter of the Marques, has a secret: she is a faerie hunter. Aileana's world changed when she witnessed her mother violently killed by an evil faerie. Since then, the teen has been secretly training with the extremely powerful, mysterious, and good-looking Kiaran, a Daoine Sith who has given up his violent, human-killing past. Aristocratic life means nothing to Aileana anymore—all that matters is avenging her mother's death. Her killing routine gets more complicated when the fae realize that she is a Falconer, a sacred fae-killing assassin. War is coming, and Aileana is humanity's only hope, aided by Kiaran; Gavin, a Seer and future love triangle interest; and Derrick, her hysterical pixie companion. The Falconer mixes the ever-popular female assassin archetype with steampunk and Scottish faerie lore, creating a fascinating, unique world. Unfortunately, the steampunk-inspired technology does not play a large role in the story, and neither does the Scottish setting. Despite this shortcoming, May's writing is exquisite and demands a close reading to take everything in. Aileana's motives are pretty two-dimensional, but May does a good job showing the protagonist's conflicted feelings about being a killer. Aileana's Beastiary, which catalogs the fae at the end of the novel, is a nice touch. The story ends on a cliff-hanger and readers will be anxious for the next installment in this planned trilogy.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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Brandishing a deadly knife and a steampunk lightning pistol loaded with deadly thistle, Scottish noblewoman Aileana takes tea by day and her revenge by night in this new fantasy series. Aileana, daughter of the Marquess of Douglas and the last in a line of female warriors, lost her mother at the hands of evil faeries, and now she is out to kill those who did her wrong. Unfortunately, she has to do so while mingling in polite Victorian society, which means “blasted, impractical, smothering” dresses, not at all fit for physical combat. Sneaking out of high-society functions and coming home in shredded gowns, Aileana is an amazing, brave hero in an age that values ladies only for marriage and homemaking and never for their brutal combat skills. The writing crackles with wit, and the steampunk atmosphere and gadgets are a lively component. The gorgeous cover art will likely reel in many readers, and they will stick around for the intense and at times funny story, the first in a planned trilogy. Grades 9-12. --Stacey Comfort

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  • File Size: 1685 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575130407
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GOJT8E0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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