Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated.
The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive listen.
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So So Bad.
One of my favorites!
This is a book I will probably listen to multiple times over the years. I thought the story and the world were both very enchanting and exciting. I loved the steampunk feel. I loved that Aileana was supposed to uphold her precarious reputation but her need for vengeance demanded that she fight, even to her reputation's own demise. I can understand how some reviewers felt there wasn't any progression in her character, but this book only covered a matter of about one month's time. I believe in the following books Aileana will grow and mature for the better.
Other reviewers also hated the romantic aspect, but I really loved the idea of a faery/Falconer romance. It was fun and exciting and heated but without being a "bodice ripper," as one reviewer called it (apparently never having read an actual bodice ripper, which are practically rated XXX). There was not one single scene that was even close to a bodice ripper- all would have been rated PG, for goodness sake. The book is definitely geared toward females, though, that's for sure. I'm in my 30's and loved it but I think teens and young adults would too. There is some language but nothing horrible and no inappropriate sex scenes or anything like that. The violence would be the only thing I would consider too much for a young teen, however.
Anyway, while the actual writing might not have been worthy of any sort of award, it's a great story none the less and I definitely think it's a true gem if you're into fantasy with a bit of adventure. I can't wait for book 2, as I hope we will get to learn a ton of backstory.
The narrator was OK. Toward the end of the book I finally got used to her and she didn't annoy me as much, but at first her inflections were kind of annoying. Plus, the fact that she read the ENTIRE book in a half-whisper drove me nuts!