Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 336 pages
Expected Publication Date: May 6, 2014
*ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, 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. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. 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?
There was a lot to like about this book. Aileana is a strong yet damaged character who wants to avenge her mother's death. She's learned how to kill faeries from a mysterious guy named Kiaran so now she's all badass. She's an assassin who actually kills and she has no problem doing it and in fact, gets a rush from it.
Aileana and Kiaran have an interesting relationship. It's more of an alliance with Kiaran as her mentor even though he doesn't tell her anything (which was quite frustrating). I do wish that we actually got to see their relationship develop. Instead, the book starts with them already knowing each other and he's already taught her how to kill faeries. To see that transformation from gentle society girl to faerie assassin would have been fascinating and I felt like it kept me from being really emotionally invested in their relationship.
There are steampunk elements in the book with Aileana tinkering with different inventions. Great secondary characters, like Derrick the pixie, who adds humor to an otherwise pretty dark book.
It's fast-paced, filled with action and fighting scenes, and that ending...complete and total cliffhanger. In the middle of a scene cliffhanger. Really frustrating, I have to say.
Posted by: Pam