Set in 1844 Edinburgh, this is the story of Aileana Kameron, a young noblewoman whose life has been wrecked by rumors that she murdered her mother. It’s true that she witnessed the murder, but the culprit was really a bloodthirsty faerie – a secret she can’t reveal to anyone. The trauma of that night awakens in Aileana hidden power and a lust for vengeance. Soon, she learns that she’s the last in a line of faerie-killers called Falconers. With the help of a rouge faerie named Kiaran, she trains to be able to accept her birthright, while trying to maintain a normal façade in society, including becoming engaged to a Seer named Gavin. Together, Aileana and Kiaran aim to close a broken seal that would allow a horde of evil faeries into Edinburgh and signal the end of the human race.
This book could easily be described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but with faeries instead of vampires) meets Kim Harrison’s Hallows series in streampunk dress with a star-crossed love triangle. As much potential as a description like this has, the book fails to have that spark that keeps you reading. The book is trying to be so many things that its ambition results in potentially great elements being diluted to bland plot devices. It’s not a bad book, but in a world overflowing with YA fantasy, it doesn’t stand out or live up to expectations.