Synopsis, adapted from Goodreads: Lady Aileana Kameron was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother. Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways. But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?My (mini) take: I'd describe The Falconer as a action-heavy vengeance story set in a world that's Fae with a touch of steampunk, and a plot that has a Buffy-esque -- "the hellmouth is about to be opened unless we stop it" -- kind of feel.
Then there's the romance. Before her mother's death, Aileana was in love with Gavin, the brother of her best friend. But now that Aileana kills faeries to avenge her mother's death, she spends all her time with two new guys, a pixie and a Fae. Thankfully, the love triangle I feared did not really materialize, but I did not like the new guy that Aileana seemed to be drawn to. (He was one of those dark, manipulative characters like Morpheus in the Splintered books. Some readers adore those types of characters; I'm not usually one of them.)
For my tastes as a reader, this story was a bit too heavy on fight scenes and a little too light on characters I could connect with on an emotional level. But if you're a reader who loves action-packed stories with kick-ass heroines and a lot of fight scenes, The Falconer is definitely for you.