Book Review

Book Review: The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2) by Elizabeth May

Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Audience: Young adult fantasy
Length: 458 pages
Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: June 21st, 2016
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Everything she loved is gone.

Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.

Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.

Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…

The Falconer – ☆☆☆☆

HAD ITS MOMENTS.

I’m still happy with this series overall and want to read the next book, this was a pretty typical second book. I felt the first half could have been added to the first book and the second half added to the beginning of the third.

The first half was dedicated to an escape plot line that dragged on way too long. I personally don’t enjoy drawn out escapes. Get in, get the item/person, get out. That’s how I see it. When our person was finally rescued I knew we were getting into the good stuff.

Somewhere between our hunts and our kills and our kisses, he left his mark on my bones.

The second half had a looooot of Kiaran. YES. I love this couple. He is the perfect brooding fae male that I love reading about in books. Mix him with Aielana’s stubborn self and they were a couple I was totally behind. I loved all of the tender and tough moments between them. I am finishing this series for them.

We find out SO MUCH about Kiaran and his sister, Aithinne. It’s in a bit of an info-dump maneuver, but it was still fantastic to get all of their history. I felt like I understood them on a much deeper level and it made the plot make more sense as well. I got all of the details I needed to actually care what happens.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult fantasy
  • Language: none
  • Romance: kisses, very little detailed fade to black scene
  • Violence: magic, physical, knives, torture
  • Trigger warnings: self-harm via pressing nails into skin until bleeding

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