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The Vanishing Throne: Book Two of the Falconer Trilogy (Young Adult Books,… (utgåvan 2017)

av Elizabeth May (Författare)

Serier: The Falconer (2)

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Aileana Kameron is the Falconer, born to hunt and slay the faeries who prey on mankind--but now, in 1847, the great battle is past, Edinburgh lies in ruins, and Aileana is a prisoner of the Fae prince Lonnrach, whose sister murdered her mother, and somehow she must find a way to escape, before he can steal her memories.… (mer)
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Titel:The Vanishing Throne: Book Two of the Falconer Trilogy (Young Adult Books, Fantasy Novels, Trilogies for Young Adults) (The Falconer, 2)
Författare:Elizabeth May (Författare)
Info:Chronicle Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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3.5 Stars

The re-read was better than the first time I struggled through it, however, the repetitive phrases and internal monologue was difficult to handle. I eventually just skipped over them completely. I also had to skim-read sections toward the end that were clearly repetitive and there to just fill pages...? Not sure. But all the characters and the way the story is developing is what I absolutely love about this series. It is refreshing to find a YA book that isn't filled with characters you just want to choke. They are flawed and multi-dimensional and all have an important role to fulfill. While I really did enjoy the continuing of the story and the places the author is taking it, the first book still holds a special place for me, and I feel it is the better of the two so far. ( )
  Linda_Holcomb | Jun 6, 2019 |
I loved The Falconer, which I felt was fun and Buffy-esque, with elements of steampunk and historical romance. I loved The Vanishing Throne for very, very different reasons.

First, let me just say that this second installment feels less like YA fantasy and more like straight-up fantasy. Kam is still young, but this volume moves the characters and story into more mature and darker territory. At the very least, this is definitely High YA (14 ).

Because this book is dark. Really dark. This darkness serves its purpose, though, deepening and enriching May's world and her characters. I could wax rhapsodical and batter your eyeballs with GIFs expressing all my feels, but I'd rather just tell you to go read The Falconer and then immediately pick this one up and devour it and then start wishing and hoping and begging for 2017 to arrive and, with it, The Fallen Kingdom. So much changes in this book, especially at the end, and I'm on tenterhooks wanting to know the consequences and long-term effects of the decisions and actions of these characters.

Would have been five stars, but I was slightly disappointed by the lack of inventions/steampunk-y elements that I enjoyed so much in the first volume. ( )
  BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
-- Want to know if the whole series is worth reading? Read my overall review of the whole series at seriesousbookreviews.com! Spoiler Free!

This novel was super easy to get reoriented with. There was enough recap to quickly get you up to speed with everything that had happened but not so much that you were bored out of your skull waiting for some action.

When compared to The Falconer, I thought this one had less physical action. It's more political and drama filled, meaning you get some fantastic reveals and character developments. So it's a strong sequel in that sense because it starts to bring everything together.

However, I did find it lag a bit in the middle. In a series like this where action is at the pinnacle, it's easy for you to see when things slow down. But that being said, I never got bored with this book and I am desperately in need of the finale!

Check out more spoiler-free book and series reviews on my blog SERIESousBookReviews.com as well as read book series recaps!

Full Review: http://wp.me/p7hLUw-1g7
Actual Rating: 4/5 ( )
  seriesousbooks | Feb 7, 2018 |
Well that complicated everything. Lady Alieana starts the story captive by the enemy and tortured for information, when pain and magic are combined to create a mess of any attempts to resist. She's rescued and discovers that in the real world a longer time has passed and the Fae have decimated humanity and instead of weeks or months it's been several years.

Now she finds out more of the history of the fae and what's going on. And it all ends up very complicated. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Dec 22, 2017 |
When we left Ailena Kameron she was trying to close the seal and Kiaran was lying down on the ground possibly dead. Sorcha got into her mind and made her remember her mother's death and she was distracted by Kieran as well and stopped working on the seal and didn't close it. Lonnrach, instead of killing her, takes her to Sith-bhruth, or what was once the Unseelie Kingdom. He wants her to see that the kingdom is falling apart and needs to be saved. That the reason he destroyed her world was to save his own.

He needs a relic of some sort in order to take over the throne of both the Seelie and Unseelie Kingdoms. The Cailleach who is the current ruler hasn't been seen in thousands of years. She left her children in charge of the Kingdoms and Lonnrach does not believe them worthy to hold the throne. He thinks that Derrick, her little pixie friend, and Kiaran might have mentioned something about it while she was around without her realizing it. So he puts her in a room with mirrors and vines that hold her down and he bites her with his razor sharp teeth and injects his venom into her blood and sees into her memories. Eventually, she is too weak to fight him, not that it matters. Oddly he looks into her memories before she became aware of the fae. He very nearly breaks her will.

Then one day after about two months in fairy land has passed she sees Kiaran in the room which is impossible since he can't enter fairy land upon threat of death. But Kiaran is there in spirit form only. His body is back in Scotland. He tells her his sister Aithinne has broken down the wards holding her in there and to go through the mirror and she will find her on the other side. She does and meets the odd Aithinne. They have a very difficult time getting out of fairy land and when she does she finds out she's been gone for three human years.

Gavin and Catherine are both alive if different now. Three years of running for their lives and fighting the fae have changed them. Aithinne takes Ailena to the new compound that Derrik has set up on his home of Skye where the pixies used to live before it was destroyed. Here some of the fae and the humans live together under a truce. The fae goes out and gets food for the humans who can't leave and they agree to not harm a human as long as they stay on the human side of the compound. But if a human enters the fae side of the compound they are fair game. And the fae does their best to entice the humans to walk through the door.

Lonnrach, however, is looking for Ailena because he needs her powers as a Falconer to open this relic. She is putting the people there in danger by being there. But Lonnrach isn't searching the area just for her but also for the relic. They are surprisingly getting help from Sorcha which is suspicious. What is her angle? It would help if Ailena was in her full powers but she isn't and doesn't know how to reach them.

This book is a worthy sequel to the first book. It really hikes up the thrills when Ailena escapes Lonnrach and the tension felt when she goes into the human compound and is distrusted by many, including Gavin. It delves into matters of psychological and physical torture and how you handle it. Ailena isn't the only one who has been tortured. Aithinne was held inside the prison beneath the seal with the other fae who blamed her. Lonnrach, in particular, enjoyed torturing her. Ailena also deals with her guilt over failing to save the world and what has happened to it because of her failure. I really cannot recommend this book enough. It kept me up late at night reading it. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this trilogy.

Quotes
“You didn’t die. See? I told you it was easy.” “I’ve been bitten by some demonic woodland creature. My legs have been shredded by razor-sharp trees. We almost died. Easy? I’m getting you a damn dictionary.”
-Elizabeth May (The Vanishing Throne p 64)

The truth is, memories weigh a great deal. Each one bends your bones a little more until the heft of them wears you down. Now I know that some scars go so deep that they never fade.
-Elizabeth May (The Vanishing Throne p 114)

“He’s so handsome, but not too bright,” she says fondly, as if he were a pet. “And he still hasn’t learned never to underestimate a woman with a sword and a firearm.”
-Elizabeth May (The Vanishing Throne p 245)

My sister not by blood but by bond. Aren’t those the best kind of sisters, anyway?
-Elizabeth May (The Vanishing Throne p 427) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Jul 24, 2017 |
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Aileana Kameron is the Falconer, born to hunt and slay the faeries who prey on mankind--but now, in 1847, the great battle is past, Edinburgh lies in ruins, and Aileana is a prisoner of the Fae prince Lonnrach, whose sister murdered her mother, and somehow she must find a way to escape, before he can steal her memories.

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