BOOK REVIEW, Fantasy, Young Adult

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May | Book Review

32498439Title: The Fallen Kingdom

Author: Elizabeth May

Series: The Falconer #3

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication date: June 13th, 2017

Pages: 389

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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.

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“I am the beginning of a girl: her throat filled with ash, desperately clawing her way from the earth with weak, trembling limbs and an urgent message on her lips.”

My heart’s broken into a million pieces. I can’t believe this trilogy is finally over. I was so committed to these books and characters that I even decided to marathon the entire trilogy to finally know how it was going to end. And let me tell you, even though I think my favorite book was the second, I still think it was a great conclusion to the series.

I have to admit I cried my eyeballs out while reading this final installment. It was a bittersweet feeling to finish a series you love so much, and though that wasn’t the main reason why I ended up wrecked and blue, it was part of it. However, I’m so happy I finally decided to pick them up, because I just adored this story so much.

“This is the price of immortality. We’re doomed to watch the humans we love die, and each time it kills some of the empathy in us. […] Don’t you understand now? You were his butterfly.”

I freaking adored the cast of characters and their interactions throughout the whole story. I think their entire development was great and it wasn’t rushed or unrealistic, and I absolutely adored the romance in this installment, because I feel we had a clear image of both characters and their backstory to fully support and ship that relationship, which was a favorite part of mine.

Another thing I absolutely loved and I think we saw more in this installment that in the others was the female friendship. I feel in the second novel we had a fair knowledge of where things going and the relationship between Aileana and Aithinne, but I’m pretty positive it strengthen more in The Fallen Kingdom. You could see how much they cared and look after each other, and the bond they shared, and I love me a good female friendship.

Also I was shocked to read about a character’s death. I’m not going to talk about it, because firstly I want to keep this review spoiler free and second, because I’m still not over it. I couldn’t believe it when I read about that, mostly because I absolutely adored this character and it wasn’t fair!

“Maybe that’s your curse, Aileana Kameron. Anyone who loves you is doomed to watch you die over and over again.”

Though this book wasn’t as action packed as the second book, I still think it was a very fast paced installment. I don’t know if it was because I was completely focused on the story and wanted to know what was going to happen and how everything was going to end, but I flew through it and I read it in a few hours, which was crazy because I usually take my time reading a book and hardly finish one in that less.

I also usually struggle with book finales, because sometimes they don’t end as I expected or aren’t as good as I wanted, but I feel with this series I was pretty satisfied. It ended in a complete different way from what I had in mind, but I still think it was a great ending, and I’m happy with it.

Overall, I highly recommend the entire trilogy if you’re a fan of fairies or fantasy, because it has become a favorite of mine and I for sure will be re-reading these books in a future. I loved how Elizabeth May created that entire world while been true to the original folklore, and I think the ending was amazing. Though I must say I’m a bit heartbroken.

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