Title: The Vanishing Throne
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Romance
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: June 21st, 2016
Everything she loved is gone.
Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.
Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.
Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…
“This is my message. I don’t belong to you and I never will. I spent daysweeksmonthsyears picturing this, and now I’ll wait for it. I’ll wait for you. I’ll savor every moment when we meet again.
Because this is how I long to kill you.”
My love for the first installment had nothing to do with how much I freaking adored The Vanishing Throne. I was beyond surprised, because I didn’t think I would love these books so much and that they would become a favorite of mine, but oh well, they did.
I finished this book in one day, because I was obsessed and couldn’t put it down. It was so much better than the first book, and I’m so glad I decided to read this series because now I feel I’m not going to shut up and recommend them to basically everyone.
“The truth is, this is hell. Hell is seeing my home destroyed. It’s knowing I tried so hard to prevent this destruction, and I couldn’t.”
My love for these characters increased in this sequel, because not only the whole plot became much more complex, but also I feel I got a different vibe from them than in the first installment. Not only there were new side characters that I found pretty interesting, but also the relationships between the old ones became more complicated and interesting, which was a pleasure to read.
I loved how I could see a different Aileana in this one. Though she was still that badass, sarcastic main character, I feel that I saw a different, hurt and broken Aileana, and I liked how the author did that because after some of the things she went through in this book, it was a bit necessary to see a different part of her, and I overall really enjoyed her development throughout the entire novel.
There was also such a precious female friendship, and I cannot tell you how much I liked that. It still had those close friendships that were introduced in The Falconer, but because this book introduced a few new ones, I absolutely adored the bonds between two of them, not only because they shared similar stories, but also because throughout the story you could see that they protected each other and cared about the other (don’t want to spoil anyone so I’ll stop here).
“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.”
I feel this installment was more fantasy focus and had less steampunk elements, and I think I liked more that it was done that way. It had a more complex world building, since in this one you knew more about the faerie world and the back story, and I loved knowing more about the different type of fae, and how society worked there.
It was, like I mentioned at the beginning of my review, such an addicting and past paced book. I flew through it, and couldn’t put it down because of how much I was engrossed in the story and the world. It also ended in a very intense cliffhanger, and let me tell you: I bought the third book right after finishing this one because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen.
Overall, I absolutely adored the series so far. It had such an angst-y romance and strong characters, and I have a feeling this will become one of my all time favorite trilogies.
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