The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Summary from NetGalley:
Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer’s story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Publication date June 13, 2017
I think out of the three this one is my favorite. I’m not sure why that is, because the things I liked about the first two, the historical and steampunk aspects are totally gone by this book. But there is something about the characters in this one, the fact that even though the world is about to end, both human and fairy, they work together and keep trying to save it all.
Poor Aileana, I would have so given up if I was her. She comes back from the dead and struggles to regain everything she has lost, including Kiaran. But she knows deep down that if she succeeds everything will go back to normal, even though it will cost her plenty to do so. This book really puts her through the physical and emotional wringer, from killing almost everything in sight to saving the world, the action doesn’t stop for much. Except of course for Kiaran. I think I liked him best in this book, because he seemed to be the most human in it. Even though he returns to his Unseelie ways, his love for Aileana pulls him through in the end. Their scenes together are magical in their own way and are very swoon worthy on the romantic sense.
We don’t see much of Aileana’s human companions in this book, but they also sacrifice a great deal to save the world and deserve more recognition for it. I loved Catherine’s steadfastness and there is one scene between Aileana and Gavin that is truly touching and brought tears to my eyes.
Aithinne and Sorcha were both at their best in this book. Aithinne being a bit of fresh air and comedy at sorely needed times when the action was a bit much. And as much as I loathed Sorcha, I came to admire her a bit as we learned about her history and everything she had endured.
I think my favorite character though is still Derrick, the little pixie who was Aileana’s constant companion and champion. I loved his comments and the way he was always there for her when she needed him most. I also enjoyed his sewing and songs and his all around cheerfulness no matter what was wrong with the world.
The action in this book mostly takes place in the Morrigan’s prison, which sounds like a terrible place in which to spend an eternity. The Morrigan is not very nice and tries relentlessly to tear Aileana apart emotionally. The Morrigan makes a better villian than either Sorcha or Lonnrach did in the first two books. She is evil and twisted in ways I have a hard time imagining.
A thrilling trilogy that I was glad I found when all of the books were available. I really enjoy reading a series straight through so that everything is fresh in my mind. I makes it that much more enjoyable.