Vaginal Fantasy book club has returned after a three month hiatus during which host Felicia Day welcomed her daughter Calliope Maeve Day into the world. Best wishes to mother and daughter.
Vaginal Fantasy makes its return with The Falconer, Falconer trilogy book one, written by Elizabeth May published in 2013 which is a fae and steampunk inspired historical romance, and is the main read for the month of April.
One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale. It’s Edinburgh, 1844 and eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron looks the part of an aristocratic young lady but she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a faery named Kiaran she slays those out to end humankind. She wants revenge on the faery who murdered her mother but she is the last Falconer, a group of female warriors destined to save all of humanity, so now revenge must come second.
The Falconer is a romance novel full of action that masterfully combines steampunk ideas with Scottish traditions, and faery lore. It’s a fun and interesting read though if you are looking for romantic action you won’t be interested, though I hope the remaining books in the trilogy fulfill that requirement.
I lovedKiaran very much, though I’ve said before I have a weakness for men that brood. I’ve also said that I love a female lead that is sassy and can handle herself so naturally I loved Aileana too. I also loved Derrick and Gavin, they are adorable. The story flows smoothly and is familiar yet not monotonous. The writing is easy to handle and uses imaginary well while world buiding.
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, even though it ends on a big cliff hanger which I dislike and try to avoid when possible.
Side note; I actually went to buy the second book in the trilogy, The Disappearing Throne, and was happy to find it on sale but irritated to find that the first book was placed on sale after I bought it full price, alas this happens sometimes. So if you are reading this review recently after it is posted and want to read this trilogy, which I suggest you do, book and two are currently on sale with the final book, The Fallen Kingdom, releasing in June.
Now go forth, read Fae and steampunk inspired historical romances, and prosper.