Thursday, March 7, 2019

Review: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Book: The Fallen Kingdom
Author: Elizabeth Map
Series: The Falconers #3 (final)

She’s on borrowed time…and she has only one chance to set things right.

Find life.

Deep in a forest, Aileana Kameron claws her way out of the earth. Back from the dead with no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, the Falconer now possesses even greater otherworldly powers and a ruthless instinct to kill—and the one piece of knowledge that can change everything.

Find Kiaran.

Two fae monarchs, Aithinne and Kadamach, stand on the brink of war, and according to an ancient curse, one must die at the hand of the other or all the worlds will perish. Once, Kadamach was known as Kiaran, and he was mentor, protector, and lover to Aileana. Now, under the grip of the curse, his better nature seems lost forever.

Find the book.

Aileana’s only hope lies in the legendary Book of Remembrance, a book of spells so powerful that it can break the fae curse and even turn back time. But the book has been lost for centuries, and many are looking for it, including its creator, the Morrigan—a faery of terrifying malevolence and cruelty.

Sacrifice everything.

To obtain the book and defeat the Morrigan, Aileana must form an unthinkable alliance, one that challenges every vow she has made to herself—even as the powers that brought her to life are slowly but surely killing her.


This was definitely the conclusion that I was looking forward to! Filled with action, tons of desperation internally and externally, and sacrifices all around.

What I love about this series is that it takes such a fun twist on the whole hero-saves-the-day. Rather, in this series, Aileana repeatedly fails to save or prevent bad things from happening (she's literally thrust to either save the world or herself/people she cares about, which, let's be real, a lot of us probably would choose to save the people we love)  but that makes the stakes even higher and more desperate for her.

I also can't get enough of Kiaran. I may be a wee bit in love with him (though I ship him and Aileana waaaaaaay more--their banter is absolutely amazing and funny!). Though there wasn't enough time spent between him and his sister, Kiaran never failed to make me smile. In this book, though, we saw a completely different side of him, one more monstrous than we've already seen. There's a lot more internal conflict going on in Kiaran's head than any other book, which was interesting, though not as fun as the other books.

I did feel a little bit bitter towards the ending, just because it felt like Aileana didn't ever end up getting the gratitude she rightly deserved from everyone. I also wasn't really happy about how she went back to being a Lady, no longer needing to fight or anything defying social expectations. I think her butt-kicking self should have remained with her even right to the very end, and for her to not take any more sexist crap from society, but oh well.

All in all, this book lived up to my expectations, though I feel like the ending just could have been a bit more satisfying. Also, Aileana x Kiaran forever!!!

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