Saturday, June 4, 2016

ARC Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elzabeth May

The Vanishing Throne
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: Falconer (Book 2)
Publication: Chronicle Books (June 7, 2016)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This is the second book in a trilogy. It begins with our heroine imprisoned by her enemy Lonnrach who tortures her by biting her and stealing her memories until she can be rescued by Aithinne and Kiaran. When she returns, she finds that while a couple, torture-filled months have passed for her, three long, hard years have passed for the human survivors of the war that raged and ruined much of Scotland.

Aileana who is the Falconer is taken to the isle of Skye where some remaining humans including her friends Catherine and Gavin have taken a very dangerous refuge with the fae. Derrick, the pixie who lived in her closet and who was an ally, is there too.

In this episode, Aileana learns more about what it means to be a Falconer. She learns about the the pasts of Aithinne and Kiaran. And she learns about her role in the conflict between the seelie and unseelie courts and between the fae and the humans.

I loved the world that that the author built with both the magical and the mundane. The descriptions of some of the clockwork fae was amazing. There were battles both external and internal and there was romance. I can't wait for the final book in this trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
The truth is, memories weigh a great deal. Each one bends your bones a little more until the heft of them wears you down. Now I know that some scars go deep that they never fade.
I got this ARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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