Steampunk and faeries, the perfect combination!
Elizabeth May’s debut into the world of YA fiction is a smashing success. The Falconer Trilogy, from the start of book 1 to the end of book 3, is consistently an authentic and enthralling journey into a steampunk version of mid 1800s Scotland. Elizabeth does an amazing job of building an intricate and vivid world in each book of the series, so much so that I would find myself pondering a plethora of things long after I stopped reading for the day. For those unfamiliar, steampunk is “a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.” (Online dictionary) Steampunk fits perfectly with mid 1800s Scotland and provides a rich environment for the development of the lead character Aileana. She has to be one of my top female fantasy characters; the perfect combination of struggling human and bada** fighter, she is smart and witty and authentic. Her progression and transformation from angry mortal on a vendetta over the murder of her mother to shrewd and resilient Falconer (a line of female warriors empowered by fae to stand against evil fairies bent on the destruction of the human race) is seamless and captivating.
The supporting characters; like her best friend Derrick, a lesser fairy, and her fae mentor Kiaran MacKay, are solid and provide for great dialogue and interaction. They are each unique and bring this original, action packed story to life. The budding romance between Aileana and Kiaran compliments the plot line without overshadowing it. Because I went on and on to my daughter Erin about how great this series is she read it to and loved it. I liked her comment, “This was a great story that has romance, not a romance with a little action thrown in.” We both agree that we would give The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom each…
I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth May comes out with next. She is definitely on my list of favorite YA authors!