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This is a sequel novel to The Falconer by Elizabeth May (click on title to read my review or click here to buy from amazon).
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
Aileana Kameron failed to save the world and now everything she loved is gone. After failing to save Edinburgh from the faeries pouring from their prison, Aileana is captured by the evil leader Lonnrach. She’s immediately taken to the faery realm and tortured in a room of distorted mirrors for information she can’t provide. Her memories are stolen from her one by one and new scars, both physical and emotional, are making their marks.
Aileana is just starting to lose all hope when a surprising ally rescues her and returns her home. However, what she comes home to is not warm and alive and welcoming. Edinburgh is a wasteland with ruined buildings covered in wildlife and the smoking remains of what once was. No humanity remains in the city. Or the remaining cities for that matter. And it’s all Aileana’s fault.
Very few of the human race survived, and they’re now all living in an underground city with an unsteady and fragile truce with a fraction of the fae. However, even as Aileana settles in with the remainder of her kind, she knows the battle is far from over. Lonnrach is angry at her escape and will stop at nothing to get her back.
In order to amass the power it will take to fight off Lonnrach and his fae army, Aileana takes on the challenge of awakening her Falconer powers to their full potential. The catch is she doesn’t know if she’ll come out of the awakening alive.
The Vanishing Throne picks up where The Falconer left off. Aileana must deal with the guilt of her failures and muster up the strength to save the remainder of the human population before they’re wiped out forever.
What should you expect going into the second installment of this series?
Not gonna lie, but I loved The Vanishing Throne!! There was actually a lot of action in this second installment of The Falconer. I’m usually afraid of second installments of trilogies or longer series, The Vanishing Throne did not let me down! It was just as action packed, swoon-worthy, and edge-of-your-seat nerve-wracking as the The Falconer! I liked both of these books about the same, which is good considering how much I liked the first book!
The plot and pacing were spot on in The Vanishing Throne.
I sped read through this entire book in only a couple of sittings. That’s how good it was. There were some slower parts in the middle of the book, but that did not deter my love for it! I am happy with the plot line in The Vanishing Throne as well as the pacing from beginning to in! There’s very little to complain about and a lot more for me to squeal about.
Danger, danger, danger, DEATH!
What I love most about this series is the amount of danger and just the overall nervousness I get as a reader. Elizabeth May’s writing doesn’t make me feel safe, like my favorite characters won’t die or get fatally injured in the next scene. With deadly faeries all around, and especially with the destructive turn the plot took at the end of The Falconer, I’m constantly afraid for my favorite characters’ lives. And I cannot accurately explain how much I LOVE when an author can write a book in such a way that I find myself feeling that way!
I may just love all of the characters too much . . . but hey, it’s fine . . .
I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m going to mention it again. I LOVE all of the characters in this series. I didn’t think that was even possible to love everyone . . . but I guess this series makes it possible. There’s such a variety of different personality types and some of my favorite personality types share the limelight in this series, so it’s just a win-win for me!
The Vanishing Throne also introduces us to some new characters! You finally get to meet Kiaran’s sister, Aithinne whom readers see towards the end of The Falconer. You get to know (and love) Aithinne’s personality! And you also get to meet Daniel, but he’s slightly (okay, dramatically IMO) less important.
Aileana and Kiaran’s romance is still to die for in The Vanishing Throne.
If you’ve read the first book (which you should have if you’re still here reading this!!) then you know how iconic and swoon-worthy Aileana and Kiaran’s romance is. It took SO LONG to build up and when it finally broke through to the surface, MAN was it good! I love these sorts of romances so it was so great to see it play out and shape up on page in The Vanishing Throne! Readers get to see Kiaran’s personality kind of shift and change because of how much he cares about Aileana.
But here’s the catch. Kiaran doesn’t change entirely! That’s what I think is so great about this series. Elizabeth May created these faeries (especially the kinds like Kiaran) to be evil. To be unfeeling. So it’s great to see how Kiaran is kind of changing, but also how his very nature doesn’t allow him to completely shift. I really like reading about that constant internal struggle Kiaran has to deal with day in and day out when it comes to Aileana.
Get ready for immense amounts of action, and shocking surprise after surprise.
The combat never ended with The Vanishing Throne! This book was literally jam-packed with action scenes, bloody battles, mysterious challenges, and more! Readers won’t get bored throughout any of it. At least, I didn’t! And as for surprises, holy cow! This book had so many revelations! And so much foreshadowing from the previous installment is finally revealed in The Vanishing Throne to tie the story all together! It’s truly amazing, and it’s giving me the chills just thinking about it!!
The ending literally makes the book so much better than it was (it was already really good).
I am just going to go ahead and say it. If you’re doubting reading this book at all, for any reason . . . You should READ IT. Even if you find yourself not liking the first bit much (though, I don’t know how you couldn’t like it??), the ENDING MAKES THE BOOK. I mean, of course, the ending isn’t everything. The rest of the book is great. But the ending? BRILLIANT. I have never wanted to get my hands on the third book so badly!! But sadly, I’m snowed in and I have no access to the third book. I know. Sad.
Overall, The Vanishing Throne was a fantastic second installment of The Falconer series by Elizabeth May! In my opinion, this series is vastly underrated. And I think that everyone should give it a try! And readers who are fans of Sarah J. Maas or Holly Black should definitely give this series a try! It gives fans a taste of the faerie world, but sheds it in a different light from the aforementioned authors! Anyone who loves faeries and fantasy in YA should read this series STAT!
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