The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May continues the break-neck adventure started in The Falconer, filled with steampunk and fae goodness along with a bit of supernatural love story. If you loved The Falconer, but didn’t like being tortured with that cliffhanger, I think you are going to quite enjoy continuing the story ;-).
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Vanishing Throne from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (The Falconer #2)
Published by Chronicle Books on June 21st, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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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.
- I was really surprised at the opening on The Vanishing Throne since it had such severe consequences and makes it very clear that this is not our world. There is too often always someway of keeping the existence of the supernatural hidden from the public when it counts in fantasy, so it was great for that to be broken. The secret is definitely out!
- We find out a lot more about the fae in this sequel, including the history and all the different species that exist in various parts of the world.
- In addition to how many fae there are, there is also clearly a lot more going on than Aileana knew before and a lot of people have been keeping some information rather close to the vest. I feel like this book really brings this series into an epic fantasy genre with the scale of events.
- Just like with The Falconer, the action never lets up! I immediately felt pulled back into the story and was impressed with how smoothly the plot transitioned from one interesting scene to the next.
- I’m exceedingly picky when my romance plot lines and found myself thinking that the romance was rather overdone. Everything was just so dramatic and impassioned and overwrought all the time.
- Really though, my issue with the romance probably comes back to the fact that Kieran just doesn’t work for me as a romantic interest. I’ve always struggled with believing that a super old being would fall for a teenage human and Kieran didn’t convince me of why he would in this case. Everything revealed about him also didn’t really win me over to him.
The Vanishing Throne is a strong sequel with everything I loved about book one and improvements on some of my reservations. I’m really fascinated by the complex world that has been revealed and super excited to find out what is going to happen next!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
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