The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May, published by Gollancz on 15th June 2017
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, 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.
I have been longing for this book ever since I finished the last page of 'The Vanishing Throne'. The wait has been unbearable but was oh so definitely worth it. What a spectacular conclusion to The Falconer trilogy. This was without doubt my absolute favourite book in the series and I never wanted it to end. It was a truly spectacular read and one of the best books of 2017. I loved it so, so much! If you are a fan of this series then you will not be disappointed.
'The Fallen Kingdom' has everything you would want and more! It had humour, some deftly comical moments, sadness and romance and so many exciting scenes that you will find it impossible to put it down.
The story starts with the resurrection of Aileana who is struggling to remember who she is. Something is different. She has no memories of her past and doesn't recognise the people who she is closest to. As she strives to regain her identity, she is also tasked with breaking the curse which is destined to destroy her world and the people she loves.
I loved every single page of this book. Aileana is one of my favourite literary characters ever and her story is one that has entranced me from the very beginning. I couldn't wait to find out what would be the final outcome for her and her fae King Kiaran and I had my fingers crossed for them the whole way through. As much as I love Aileana, I truly think that there is something to love and adore about nearly every character in the series, even those who seem past redemption. One of my personal favourites is Derrick the pixie who is always given the best lines and who shows his heroic and loyal side yet again in the story. Never was there another pixie quite like him.
I thought that the plot was fantastic. Nail bitingly exciting and epic in scale. There were so many brilliant moments and the twists and turns of Aileana's journey have been incredible to follow. I bow down to Elizabeth May. She has written one of the best YA fantasy trilogies that I've ever read. I can't wait to see what she writes next and I will definitely be putting her on my auto-buy list.
An incredible conclusion to a spectacular trilogy.