Thursday, May 29, 2014
This was a weird book to me.
I enjoyed the story of the book, but the narration of the main character seemed to hiccup everywhere. Like there was difficulty processing the overall situation and to take it all one thing at a time was kind of funky.
....how about an amazon summary, "Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh's only hope.
Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she's spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she's a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE
The world is set in an alternate earth and thinking about it in that way makes it a lot easier to accept some of the concepts presented.
Although, based on the amazon summary, I don't know why you wouldn't assume that... (sometimes I fail at making assumptions based on the text and auto-assume they're creating a new world....shh....).
Aileana spends as much as she can creating pieces of technology (that have a variety of functions) to aid in her seeking out faeries to kill.
A year ago, Aileana was found next to her mother's body, covered in her mother's blood, and has been gossiped about all throughout her year of mourning.
Her Father has been away on business trips since her mother's death and seems to be trying to create as much distance (both emotional and physical) as he can between himself and Aileana.
Aileana has a....rambunctious pixie who lives in her wardrobe and mends her clothes. She also has....an upper class fae by the name of Kiaran who trains her how to fight.
Kiaran teaches her the difference between human myths and actual fact about the fae. He teaches Aileana the best way to kill what kind of fae, what materials do the most damage (LOL NOT IRON (which I thought was neat)), and what to watch out for in a fight. They go out hunting together, with Aileana constantly after the fae who murdered her mother.
That's enough summary for me.
So the narration of Aileana was weird in the sense of when something happened, it would matter for that moment, but didn't seem to have a lasting impact on her until someone else brought it up again.
Which, I guess was kind of neat since she's very up front about how her life is driven by her need for vengeance.
So maybe it makes sense?
To me it disrupted the flow of story a bit. Then again, I assumed it was a different world for a bit and didn't really connect the 'alternate Earth' dots. So....there's that.
I'm a bit upset that it left off with such a MASSIVE cliff hanger. As I was reading it, I noticed the pages left kept dwindling when there was so much more story to accomplish.
That was annoying.
BUT, it does make me more than ready to pick up the sequel in this trilogy.
What I always want to know when I come across a book involving the fae is what kind of fae they are.
They're the mean, ruthless, vicious fae that prey on humans like ancient myths levels of awful. It was a bit fascinating, yet could be very gruesome. Nothing felt too explicit (like uncomfortable gory) but there were a few winces from me as battles raged across the pages. The lore the book presents is interesting and I really want to see how it plays out in later books based on what we're given so far (legacies and what not).