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The Falconer: Book One of the Falconer Trilogy Kindle Edition
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As even those who hated the ending have noted, the romantic tension is super-potent! I'm not a fan of mushy romance. I like romance that is more subtle, or more involved... basically more realistic. Not easy. And this romance is anything but easy. It's virtually impossible. And conflict? Really? I don't think I've read a book with MORE conflict. This one has the fast pace, the amazing fight scenes, the thrilling nail-biting moments, and add a healthy dose of invention, engineering and science. Not only does the book have steampunk qualities, it delves into why. Into how the creating of a steam engine relates to the ability to fight the evil fae creatures. Pure genius. And I'm not generally even a steampunk fan. I may be now.
This alternate-history, fantasy-reality blend is enchanting. It looks at the world and roles of women in historic Scotland and England, and turns it on its ear. This is like a new age suffragette coming-of-age blended with the best that fantasy has to offer.
Now a note to Mom's, this does have its share of violence and gore, although it's not so gruesome that I would call it gratuitous violence. I truly dislike books that are violent purely for the sake of violence, but this is not that. I would say it's more PG-13. The idea that a girl had something violent happen so young is a difficult topic, but May uses this to show how difficult grief and relationships can be.
I truly can't say enough good things about it. I'm eager to read everything else May has written.
The world was fun if a bit undeveloped. The steampunk elements seemed like an afterthought, just thrown in to make everything Kam does seem cooler.
The story itself was pretty good. But once again a lot of things seemed to happen just for dramatic effect. For instance (minor spoiler) I can't see the point of Kiaran refusing to tell her about the seal opening on the lunar eclipse until there's less than a week left until said disastrous eclipse, even though she's apparently the only person who can prevent it. So that little mystery plot bunny just did not make sense at all.
Also my suspension of disbelief couldn't really handle the final battle. (Again minor spoiler) So there's hundreds of evil faeries who just escaped the seal and there's only Kiaran and Kam there to fight them. How exactly does that battle go? Do the other faeries politely wait their turn to fight? Do they just run away? What stops them from piling on Kam to prevent her from getting to the seal at all?
So overall this is a fun light read, but it just made me roll my eyes one too many times.
The protagonist was a bit unrelatable, particularly for the first few chapters. She had a cool tinkerer's workshop that could have been instrumental but fell short in the finale. Powerful steampunk flavored weaponry was peppered throughout the book and then didn't come into play nearly as much as it could have, I expected a tie in to previous inventions on a larger scale against the Fae. We only glimpse the work of creating mechanical objects in Aileanna's home, we never saw her go shopping or interact with other inventors. Inventions were simply out in the world, but it wasn't clear how common home brew innovations were or where exactly she materialized her supplies.
Overall this writer has good style, my main critique was the organization and polish could have been taken up a notch. Descriptions and details that filled out later would have done better as initial visualization. Writing was ok, three out of five stars and probably four with proper editing (adjective repetition in same sentences/paragraph etc.).
The romantic aspect was also quite rushed at the end, it felt like the final chapter was still in process past the publisher's deadline and they just said "to be continued" to get out of a bind.
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