Monday, March 14, 2016

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: The Vanishing Throne
(The Falconer #2)

AUTHOR: Elizabeth May
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books
PUB DATE: Jun 7 2016
The second book in the Falconer Trilogy is packed with surprises and suspense.

Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Rich with imaginative detail, action, fae lore, and romance, The Vanishing Throne is a thrilling sequel to The Falconer.

Source: NetGalley


"But after everything I've been through, I'm proud to have a body that's strong, that bears the marks of how much I endured. No matter how painful those memories might be."

Elizabeth May's The Falconer was one of many faery stories I've read. While most of them were told in modern times, or in a dark and brooding historical era, I seldom got to see one mixed with Steampunk. It was a definite factor that made me curious. I finished The Falconer with thoughts that, while I was engrossed with the action scenes, I didn't see much of what it could be other than a faery action romance sort. Moving on to The Vanishing Throne... Well let's just say I'll never look at The Falconer Trilogy the same way again! That was freakin' fantastic!

The Vanishing Throne takes up its predecessor's story to whole other level!

Let me start off with the characters. While I admire Aileana for her tenacity and high spirited personality in the first book, she wasn't much of a stand out character for me then. Typical bad ass female protagonist. But oh, I shouldn't have spoken too soon. I love that I got to know her a lot more with this book. Something about seeing her tortured and coming out stronger and more mature made her an awe-inspiring character.

And speaking of awe-inspiring, hello, Aithinne! You awesome fae, you! While there were mentions of Aithinne's character in book one, I never thought to look at how deep she was in on all this war and madness that happened in the fae world.

Another seemingly amazing surprise to me was Kiaran. I pictured him as Ash of Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series, only darker and more brooding, you know, way more sinister. Anyway, like Kam, I didn't see much of him other than a love struck immortal smitten by a, well... mortal. Little did I know there was more to the story. Like so much more!

Now here's another mind blowing experience for me. The Vanishing Throne had such an incredible faery lore! Hands down one of the best ones I've read. I can't get into details because that'll be total spoilers, but trust me when I say it was cleverly done!

The Falconer had action scenes that kept me at the edge of my seat, and The Vanishing Throne is not the least bit short on that either. What's more is that it gets even better. More blood, more magic, and a lot of revelations that will definitely make its reader on the look out for the third installment.

*Thank you, Chronicle Books and Netgalley for granting my request to view an advance copy of The Vanishing Throne.

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