Release Day Review! WOO!
I love it when I manage to pull that off. I’m something like 2 / 1309230948230948. Crushing it.
Aileana Kameron. The girl whose gift is chaos, who can either save the realms or end them. Her lot in life was certainly not easy. Neither is writing reviews for series ending books. I apologize in advance for all the blurred out text below. Just click to view the spoiler!
Wow. I’m so conflicted about this book and this series– I’m completely enamored, but the finale was my least favorite book in this series. That said, it’s a wild and emotional ride. I would certainly recommend anyone who has started this series to finish it. If you enjoyed book two more than book one, I think this might be your favorite book in the series.
Honestly, Aileana, everyone ought to dress up like an inebriated pirate at least once. It’s much more fun to kill things in costume.
May starts us out with a whopper.
This is far and away the darkest book in the trilogy. As the world disintegrates around our characters, they are thrust deep into the Unseelie Kingdom and the dark prison of the Morrigan. May’s world building is magnificent and seamless. Countless new fae mythologies are brought to the fore, but never once did it feel overwhelming or out of place. The slow world building has made the fantastic seem commonplace in this universe. Every possible terrible thing is stacking up against our heroes. Combined with the setting, the character development, and our fast-paced plot it was almost too overwhelming to keep reading.
We’re not your responsibility, Aileana. This world isn’t your burden. It belongs to all of us.
There was, as is now to be expected, some magnificent character development. In particular, Sorcha, the Unseelie fae who murdered Aileana’s mother and inspired Aileana to become the Falconer, is suddenly a prominent character. Getting to know her better in this dark place was brilliant. There’s very little I like more than understanding the inspiration for a character’s motivations– particularly when they are the Big Bad”.
That said, there was minimal development between our core characters. This didn’t bother me as much as I thought it might have if only because of the constant dangers they were in. There just wasn’t time. But there was still amazing witty banter. Aithinne and Derrick are still my favorite characters. I was a bit disappointed by how Kiaran was portrayed…
“I hate this,” I mutter.
“Really? I’m having a grand time,” Aithinne says brightly.
“That’s because you’re barmy.”
“I believe you just mispronounced magnificent.”
As you might imagine, there are some horrible things which happen in this book. And, obviously, I can’t talk about them. BUT I AM REALLY UPSET ABOUT THEM STILL. I’ll just leave that there. Not even hidden in spoilers. I’m that upset. I can’t even write about it.
I feel really conflicted about the ending of this series.
Goodness doesn’t last, Falconer. If enough time has passed and enough people hurt us, we all become cruel and heartless bastards.
All in all, while this was my least favorite book in the series, I think it really had some of the most profound and powerful moments in the whole series. If you are even remotely interested in kickass heroines who doubt their ability to be good people, witty banter, Scotland, and/or the fae– please read this. Right. Now.
What do you think?
- Have you read any of The Falconer trilogy? What are your favorite aspects of it?
- Do you write reviews for books from a series? How do you handle writing them without too many spoilers?
- What is your favorite series featuring a badass heroine?