Author Highlights Six

The-Falconer (1)Author Highlights is a once a month post that focuses on one author’s books.  This month there will be two Highlights because I missed a month.  See the last Author Highlights Here.  Now, who shall the author be for today?  It is….

Elizabeth May

Image result for elizabeth may books author of the vanishing throneShe is the author of the Falconer Series and Toil and Trouble.  In 2019 she will publish a new book called Seven Devils.

I have only read the Falconer series which was amazing.  I loved it because she allowed for evil to win overwhelmingly until the very end of the series where good pulled through to save the world.

Lady Aileana Kameron leads a double life.  The life of a debutante and a killer.  By day she goes to balls and parties while by night she hunts the faeries that plague the human world seeking revenge for her mother’s death.  When an army of faeries threatens the world Aileana is the only one that can save everyone for she is a Falconer descended from a long line of women who have abilities that make it easier to kill the fae.  But, will she save the world in time or lose everything?

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“I’m like him. I’m a monster, too.”                   – The Falconer

“Time won’t fix me. Time allows me to become more skillful at hiding how much I hurt inside. Time makes me a great liar. Because when it comes to grief, we all like to pretend.”                                                          – The Falconer

“I’m not a creature of vengeance any more. I’m not just the girl whose gift is chaos. I’m the girl who endured.”                                   – The Vanishing Throne

“We burn bright, and we burn out. That’s what it means to be human.”                   – The Vanishing Throne

“Most people would be dismayed by an attempted assassination, but Kiaran seems to regard it as either flirtation or flattery – possibly both.”             – The Vanishing Throne

“He loved you so much that when you died, he might as well have died with you.”              – The Fallen Kingdom

Scorn the Witch. Fear the Witch. Burn the Witch                                                                History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge.  Toil and Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure, and to kill.

Image result for toil and trouble by elizabeth may imageFor more information visit Elizabeth May at http://www.elizabethmaywrites.com/.  See my post for more information on The Falconer Here.

Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Image result for falconer bookLady Aileana Kameron the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas is a stunner, a liar, a murderer, and a Falconer.  She has everything she could possibly want; brains, charm, wealth, a title, and beauty but she only looks the part of an aristocrat.  She has a secret.  She has the rare ability to sense the faery race which is obsessed with slaughtering humans.  Since her mother’s death, Aileana has trained to kill the fae.  With a knack for inventing weapons, she is dedicated to slaying the fae and seeking her revenge upon the one that killed her mother.  But she is also a Falconer, the last of her line, and she is the sole hope to save the world from an army of fae.  Aileana longs to exact revenge for her mother’s murder but first, she must save the world.

This book was amazing! The main character was stunning.  She fought faeries, saved lives, created inventions, built an airplane and an automobile, and she jumped out of the airplane.  She was a completely bad ass character who emotionally dealt with seeing her mother’s heart ripped out by a faery before her eyes.  Kiaran, her faery trainer, was wonderfully mysterious and hid his own hurts and painful past.  The tale was brilliantly told and the action was constant.  There was never a boring moment.

However, the end was sad.  She didn’t save her city.  She failed her people and it ends on such a cliffhanger.  “You really believe me to be your worst enemy.” He glances over at Kiaran, an emotion in his gaze that I can’t comprehend.  Then he says something I’ll never forget. ” You’ll wish you had killed Kadamach when you had the chance.”  Kadamach is Kiaran.  So I was like what? Why?  But I had no answers as to why the main character should have killed the faery she just kissed before the final major battle.  And I want the second book so bad.  I put it on hold from my library so I should get it here soon.

I would highly recommend this book especially for lovers of the fae.  I have read many fairy books but this is by far one of my favorites.  It may not be completely historically accurate but that is a minor detail easy to overlook.  Read it and you will not regret it.