*I read this in a weird way from December 2016 to March 2017, I reviewed in April. I read this as an ebook. As always, this is my honest opinion.
I don’t normally read steampunk, but this book was $1.99 on kindle so I decided to give it a try. It was definitely interesting.
She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.
She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.
She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.
She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.
Aileana was awesome. I loved her so much. Her frustration with society and her attempts to balance both sides of her life were entertaining and engaging. I loved that she was constantly working on little devices in order to hunt fae better.
It was a pretty unique concept, even if a little hard to keep track of all the fae (there’s a glossary, but who has time for a glossary in an ebook? Not me.) But the whole concept of the falconer was engaging enough to keep reading. And hot fae? Count me in.
Over all, this story was fun to read, and I’m curious to read the next book, because holy cow that ending was not what I was expecting and left me with so many questions and just what????? Really, if you’re going to read this one, you might want to have the second book at hand, because this end will leave you with so many questions.
Also, hot fae dude man is hot.