Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Title: The Vanishing Throne 
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #2
Publisher: Chronicle Books 
Release Date: Published June 21, 2016 

Everything she loved is gone.

Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.

Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.

Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…

"You make me wish I didn’t have forever.” 

Wow! This is the right way to end a book. Lots of possibility for the next one.

So what happens in the second novel? Well, at the beginning Aileana's still trapped and tortured by Lonnrach. He seeks information and her memories are the best way to get them. In order to retrieve them, he needs to drink her blood. Luckily, this Falconer has friends and she's able to return to Edinburgh. However, this is not the Edinburgh she remembers. The world has been destroyed after the Fae attacked. Of course, Aileana blames herself and sure enough, some humans including some of her old friends think it too.

I liked this book as much as I did the first one. Usually, the second book in a trilogy can have a lot of build-up in preparation to the end but The Vanishing Throne was full of action too. There were plenty of ways for things to go wrong and sure enough, they did.

In addition to the action, we get further development in regards to the MC's romance. When Aileana and Kiaran meet again, they have not seen each other for years. They both carry scars which proved what they have both endured. I hate knowing Kiaran's life is attached to Sorcha's. She's evil and she's only going to cause more trouble.

In regards to the secondary characters, I love how funny Derrick is. Also, I'm hoping for Gavin to find his true love too. Catherine has matured into a strong woman. She's always on Aileana's side which makes her a true friend.

I can't wait to read the Fallen Kingdom. I'm very interested in reading how Mrs. May is going to end it all.

Cliffhanger: Not really

4/5 Fangs

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