Tuesday, 22 October 2013

HISTORICAL URBAN FANTASY: The Falconer - Elizabeth May

Release Date: 26/09/13
Publisher:  Gollancz


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 when 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?


Ah, a wonderful delightful story that brings Steampunk, the fae with a touch of sense and sensibilities to present a story that will not only delight but entertain as events within unfurl. It’s a great story in its own right, the author weaving it wonderfully well and with great prose alongside solid pace all round generates a story that will stay with you for quite some time.

Add to this a cracking lead character and a host of supporting cast that you can’t help but love. Yet as it wends its way through the city of Edinburgh the reader will have to hold on for a few startling revelations as well as a huge cliff-hanger ending that will more than leave you demanding more. Finally back that up with an author who brings a clear love for the Scottish City to the fore alongside bringing some wonderful mythology all round gives you something to more than sate that UF Steampunk need within. Cracking

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