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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 lin ...more
Hardcover, UK, 317 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Gollancz (first published September 19th 2013)
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Elizabeth May
Sep 26, 2013 Elizabeth May added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
September 26 edit: The book is out in the UK! It's lurking in your bookshops! *tosses confetti*

September 6 2013 edit: The first two chapters of THE FALCONER are now posted to sample! Check out the Gollancz Blog for chapter 2!

Hi Goodreads people!

The first chapter of THE FALCONER is now available to read over on SciFiNow!

I'm glad so many of you enjoyed my pre-release pictorial presentation on here, but I've made the decision to remove it for these reasons:

1. ARCs have gone out into the world! Rea
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Faefever lite.

This was not a bad book, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who has read and loved the Faefever series unless you enjoy constantly being hit on the head with dueling comparisons.

It doesn't help that Kiaran's last name is MacKay. I couldn't help but chuckle every time I saw it. Also, similar to Alina.

The parallels are too obvious, and I felt that the setting, characters, and conflict are overwhelmingly shadowed by the superiority of the Fever series. There's also
Kat Kennedy
I was hanging out with my good friend, Elizabeth May. We were riding unicorns along a deserted beach as our hair whipped in the wind, occasionally strands of her red and my brown locks blending together. We gazed lovingly together as we rode, smiling as joy filled our hearts in an almost mutual amount.

When we pulled our unicorns to a break, having reached the peak of a cliff overlooking the sea, I took an opportunity to ask her a question.

“Elizabeth,” I said whimsically as I gazed out at the set
I hate the Victorian era. I find it excruciatingly boring. Here's some taffeta and high tea and let's have masked balls and let me carry my parasol and oh, fie! What do you make of these new inventions?

I hate the Victorian era because it's so overdone. You know what else is overdone? You know what else I'm sick of? London. Before any of you get into a flap - particularly any of you who know me - let me preface that by saying that London is the shiz. London absolutely rocks. Have you been to Lond
Jennifer Armentrout
Oh. My. God.

I don't know what to say. Other than this has to be my favorite young adult paranormal/fantasy/whatever they are calling it so far this year. And that's saying something because I'm not a huge fan of fae books other than the Iron Fey series and this book is NOTHING like that. It kind of reminds me of the Fever series, but for young adult. It's nothing like that plot or what not, but it has that hard edge, ya know. This book is so different it terms of what's out there in the YA marke
oOSarahOo ☼Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans☼

DNF at 77% (pretty impressive huh?)

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I won't keep you reading until 4 am!
It won't make you want to throw away your underwear across the room!
Now stress-free!
Now angst-free!
Faint-of-heart enabled!
In a steampunk setting!
Amidst the exotic landscapes of beautiful Scotland!
With a teenage MC!
A dream come true!

Why bother with the real lethal deal when you can enjoy the so-healt
Emily May

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Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)










~~~~~~EDIT REVIEW~~~~~~

5 Stars

THE FALCONER was PHENOMENAL!!! From it's Scotland lure, to it's vengeance and murder, to it's THRILLING, action-packed adventure, and heart-pounding, slow burning romance, that sent heat rising, and toes curling, THE FALCONER was exceptional, and did NOT disappoint!!!

Anna Alden
Full disclosure: I was one of Elizabeth's beta readers for The Falconer.

Honestly, I was hesitant when she asked me to read this. So many paranormal novels have come out over the last few years that I was ready for a break--and I was pretty over faeries, especially. I've seen enough faery court politicking and I don't find it interesting.

I decided to give this a few pages, and ended up reading all of it.

There are no faery courts. No politicking. Many of the faeries in this book are violent monst
Jana Oliver
I read the pre-pub version of THE FALCONER and it blew me away. Totally. Blew. Me. Away. Don't tell my editor, but I set aside my own novel's revisions to finish this story in a day. I devour a lot of YA paranormal and most of it is just okay. Forgettable, even. That is not the case with THE FALCONER.

There is just something about the story that went beyond the ordinary into the "this so rocks" category. Between the compelling voice of the tormented heroine and the historical Edinburgh/steampunk
Wendy Higgins
That was a WOW for me. My envy of Elizabeth May knows no bounds. Not only is she an extremely talented writer and photographer, she's also friendly and witty. And beautiful. HAVE YOU SEEN HER HAIR?!??? But she's too nice to hate.
The Falconer is steampunk with a helping of fantasy. You will adore the MC, Kam. She's an awesome, strong lead character. And then there's broody, dangerous, mysterious Kiaran. Yeah. You're gonna likey. ;)
Well done on your debut, Elizabeth!!!
Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
There's blood coming from my eyes. It drips down my cheeks and flows down my neck. It's coming in large spurts and gulps. I touch my neck and discover it's not coming from only my eyes, but my neck. Blood sprays out like a fucking squirt gun. I'm so shocked by the ending that I'm numb. I'm so torn apart that I don't feel the pain.

I can see why the author's hair is the color of blood. She must dye her hair with the blood of her readers with a cliffhanger like that. Scary lass.

I'm sorry you guys
DNF at 56%

A mishmash of light YA fantasy / urban fantasy / pnr / steampunk. This thing screamed my type of book!

Everything this book is trying to give me are ALL things that I love in a story:

--a strong, badass heroine
--swoony guys (yeah, that’s plural. So I guess we know what’s happening with that, huh. that part I don't love so much if it goes there.)
--revenge plot
-mystery and danger

Problem is, even though this book is TRYING to give me those things, I don’t feel like I’m getting them. Not a
Whitley Birks
See this review and more at my blog

This book had some decent action and some great writing and descriptions of fairies and magic, but it fell flat on the emotional front for me. Not because it was lacking in emotion, mind you, but more because it tried way too hard in that regard.

Falconer delivered in almost every aspect that drew me to it in the first place: evil fairies, bloody slaughter, explosions, mayhem, 19th century Scotland setting, tea parties getting attacked, and all of that part of
sunset shimmer
This book had characters that I really liked, and also the correct amount/balance of slow moments and action. But the cliffhanger really aggravated me. Also it had a lot of technical terms that I could not pronounce to save my life. Still, I enjoyed myself, and need to get a hold of book 2 ASAP due to that ridiculous cliffhanger.
Any book that is so incapable and uncertain of continued readership that it doesn't even bother to resolve one story line within its pages is a bad book. Cliffhangers don't usually bother me -- mostly because the endings people tend to call cliffhangers actually ... aren't. This one is, though, and it is awful. It is poorly done. It is frustrating. I read 350 some pages for absolutely nothing to be resolved.

And perhaps if those 350 pages were in any way entertaining or enjoyable I might've given
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

This book started off very strongly and ended up with me ragequitting. Or, I would have ragequit if the book didn’t end in the middle of the climax.

Aileana Kameron is the gorgeous (but she doesn’t know it) daughter of Scottish nobility who is impatient with all things girly and fine and prefers to trash her reputation by skipping out on important social events to slay fairies in the hopes that one day she will face the horror that murdered her mother a year ago
Jun 05, 2012 Tabatha marked it as to-read



Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was initially drawn to The Falconer thanks to that striking cover. Just absolutely gorgeous! And then I read the book's description and saw that the story was no slouch either. A mix of paranormal fantasy and historical fiction, the Fae, and a spirited heroine made this one sound very inviting.

It is Scotland and the year is 1844. A year has passed since Aileana Kameron was found standing over the dead body of her mother,
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars.

By now, everyone in the world knows that I’m terrified of faeries. I dislike seeing them romanticized; I’d much rather have them portrayed as the deceptive, vicious creatures they are. In The Falconer by Elizabeth May, though, there’s a little bit of both, and that, as it turns out, is a perfect combination for someone like me.

We join Aileana not at the traumatic event that caused her to start killing faeries, but a year later, when she’s already met Kiaran MacKay, who molded her into
Actual rating: 3.75 stars


Ellis: Oh no.

Ellis: You will make sure that you get your hands on this book. You're going to skip to p. 292. You will five-star the hell out of that page.

Ellis: OH RLY? Remember the first 120 pages and how much you struggled with those?


Ellis: Remember how disconnected from Aileana you felt?


Ellis: Remember how aggravated you were when Kiaran ambushed Aileana in the middle of the day, when she is trying so hard to keep her
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Scored the audio in an Audible sale last week, so I'm re-reading/listening. Original review here.
Tanya Nekrasova
Ааааааааааааааааааааа! Я просто влюбилась в эту книгу и героев. Хочу еще !!!! аааааааааа. Стим-панк медленно, но уверенно становится моим любимым книжным жанром!!!

"Мое будущее - это позолоченная тюрьма из шелка, балов и лживой вежливости".

Знакомитесь, Айлиэн – днем настоящая леди, звезда балов и светских раутов, завидная невеста, объект всех сплетен, а ночью – кровожадная охотница на фейри. В недрах Эдинбурга много лет назад, такие же охотницы, как Аэлиэн заключили в плен тысячи злобных фейри,
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Faeries, danger, fighting, revenge, magic.


I was send a copy of this a long time ago, and despite the gorgeous cover and the rave reviews and how awesome the blurb sounded, I just didn't pick it up. Then Jayd at Books, Food and Other Things tweeted that she was after some buddy reads for summer. Now I've only taken part in a couple of buddy reads, and I usually suck and never read on time, but once we agreed on what to read and I was off, I couldn't wait for the next day to com
Alina Alex
«Охотницы» - это прекрасный представитель своего жанра. Изысканное подростковое фэнтези, сочетание Шотландии 19 века, стим-панка и фейри. Потрясающий, вкусный язык? Идеальное сочетание мифологии, описаний, диалогов и экшна, яркие герои. О да, я влюблена.

У леди Айлиэн Кэмерон есть секрет. Под маской придворной дамы, под пышными платьями и вежливыми улыбками – скрывается монстр. Скрывается девушка, что создает оружие и не может жить без охоты на темных фейри. Все началось с того момента, как она с
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Humans will be the hunted. Love will be tested. Vengeance will be had.

I need this book. This sounds amazing, based on just the first sentence of the synopsis. I want it, precious, and I must have it. That, added to the fact that Elizabeth May seems to be made of pure awesome only makes me covet this as much as I wanted Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year. 2013 can't come fast enough - when can I pre-order?! Gimmegimmegimme.

Suzanne McLeod
The Falconer is a wonderful mix of faeries, faery lore, secrets, magic, romance, steampunk goodness, and Victorian society, all set in a vivid and fabulous Edinburgh. Lady Aileana Kameron may seem like a delicate Victorian debutant but underneath her (not quite) respectable persona she's the shoot-first-and-take-no-prisoners-type, who much prefers getting her fingers dirty building her steam-powered mechanical inventions, to sipping punch and filling her dance card at balls. Fast paced, with ple ...more
I finally read this book! And I actually really enjoyed it. While it did have that Throne of Glass vibe I felt the story was very original and interesting to read. I loved the author's writing style. Like seriously I am IN LOVE with her writing. I love books that use words that I've never heard of before and puzzle me so much that I have to look them up. Some people find it annoying but I love learning new words and this book definitely had a lot of new words for me to learn.

I must say that eve
I have heard many of my friends drawing comparisons of this book to the Faefever series, but I won't go into that as I haven’t yet read the later (don’t kill me, please). My judgment is solely based on what I liked and what I didn't in The Falconer.

The author, Elizabeth May knows how to weave charming and damaged individuals, a thrilling action-packed fantasy wherein they play deadly games to peruse their quarries.

Set in alternate Edinburgh where humans and faeries coexist, the story itself wa
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