The Falconer by Elizabeth May

4 stars

Reviewed by Bethany

There has been a lot of fuss lately about there not being enough strong female characters in literature. Well, here is a exciting book with as strong a female character as you could want.

The Falconer is set in Scotland in 1844 and has many steam punk aspects to it. The protagonist is a girl named Aileana, who is born into a rich family. But underneath her proper exterior, she is a skilled hunter and murderer of faeries. But don't worry these aren't the Tinkerbell kind of faeries. These faeries kill humans so they can eat their souls.

One of the things I found really interesting about this book is that the faeries are the bad guys. In fact, I can't recall a single book I've read where the faeries are portrayed as evil and dangerous. Most faery worlds have good and bad faeries, but there are only two faeries in this book that are "good," and you're not really sure if one of them is a traitor or not.

I enjoyed it. It had good characterization and a gripping plot. Rather addictive.