Published by Chronicle Books on 2014-05-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Young Adult
Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope.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 line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.
This book was full of such awesomeness and it all started with the wonderful character that was Aileana. She was fierce,loyal and most of all a kick butt chick and I loved her from the start. We start out this book by meeting Aileana at a party with her friend and you can tell that despite the fact that she is the Lady of Douglas she has no interest in being there. I was instantly drawn to her because I wanted to see what she was up to and what she would rather be doing and I found out soon enough. Yes this lady was not a shrinking violet but rather a chick that hunted bad fairies. Yes you heard that right and once this revelation comes out I was so drawn to this book. The author spins a tale of grief for Aileana when we soon learn why she hunts fairies and I felt so bad for her and my heart-ached for what was stolen from her.
As the story continues we get to meet some pretty cool people along the one of them being a pixie that lives in her closet, Kiaran who is pure hotness and Gavin. I liked the pixie from the start because he was so cute but yet so smart and resourceful and I loved the way he protected Aileana. Kiaran we learn is her mentor and the one that is teaching her to hone her skills to be able to take down fairies. He is also broody and oh so sexy and I loved him from the start. I think his snark and wit is what made me like him and I started to hope for a romance between him and Aileana. We also got to meet Gavin who is her best friends brother and he has the sight to see fairies so pretty soon her is roped into the world of Aileana and learns what she does. I thought he was a great friend to her and they are some events that take place that make you wonder if he will become more.
Overall this was a great read as the author created the perfect story to be set in the perfect setting of Edinburgh. The descriptions she created made me become enthralled with this world and I was interested in learning more about it. The characters draw you in and there are some major events that happen in the second half of this book that make you wonder what will happen next and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series as this one blew me away and had me wanting more. The author created such action and mystery into this book that it kept you guessing until the very end how it all will play out and I for one am left gutted after that ending and hope things somehow find a way to turn around into a positive way. I highly recommend this one and if you haven’t read this one what are you waiting on.