I have waited months for this book. And now I have finally gotten to read it :D Eeeek. This sequel was perfection. Sigh. I had so much love for it. The writing is gorgeous. The story is amazing. Yet so heartbreaking. I'm thrilled to say that I loved this book. I did, however, have a few small issues which gives it four stars.
But even at four stars this book was beyond amazing. I loved it lots. And I'm so glad I finally got the chance to read it. And that I didn't wait to read it either. Though, well, that cliffhanger ending killed me a little. Eeeek. It is so cruel. Yet so perfect. But now I'm dying to know when book three will be out. <3 And every detail.
I would like to mention that the covers for these books are beyond gorgeous. Both the US and the UK ones. This time I read the UK ones, as the other one isn't out yet, not until next summer. Ack. But I will be getting that lovely edition too, and I simply cannot wait. I love how amazing Aileana looks. And how beautiful she looks. And how amazing everything looks. And broken. How mean. I don't know how to talk about this book. I wish to share all the spoilery parts, lol. But I won't. Though I will share some things that happen early in the book, because I need to talk about them a bit. They are important things. And most heartbreaking things too. Sad face.
I love that this book is also from the point of view of Aileana. Whom I adore the most. Though I was also angry at her in this book a few times as well. Which breaks my heart a little. But at the same time, I didn't blame her for how she reacted to a few things, considering all she has been through. I just wish she had tried to care a bit more, to show forgiveness for pushing someone away. Hmm. But even so, I love Aileana. She's so strong and fierce and brave. And all that despite being broken in this one. Ack.
At the end of The Falconer, Aileana lost. She didn't close the prison. Instead all the fae are free. And she has been taken prisoner. And oh, it was awful. Because she was all alone. With Lonnrach for weeks. And it was bad. Yet it could have been so much worse, and I'm forever thankful that it wasn't that bad. Yet it was bad enough. As she got broken because of it. And.. because she has been in faery land for weeks, time has moved faster in her world. And it is so heartbreaking and yet amazing to read about. Loved it.
There is so much happening in this book. And I did love reading every moment of it. Though, the reason for the four star instead of five stars. I felt like I fell out of the story a few times. That I couldn't focus very well, because there were so much fighting all the time, and not enough talking with others. Yet this might just be my issue since I read this book while super stressful. I didn't like how Kam treated Kiaran. But even so, I had a few issues, yet I still loved this book lots. I will re-read it lots of times, I'm sure.
Because oh. This sequel was amazing. I loved reading more about the fae. How cruel they can be. How many people they murdered. How many cities were destroyed while Aileana was away. I liked it all. And we get to know more about Kiaran. Yaaay. This made me the most happy, lol. He's my favorite character. Sure, he was all kinds of bad before. Like really bad. Yet I loved him the most even so. I didn't care about his past. Though I loved reading about it. I just care about how amazing he is now. Which is a lot.
There are so many characters in this book. I'm not going to mention some of them, because spoilers. But I loved reading about lots of them. They were all pretty awesome. Well, okay, I disliked a lot of the characters. They were cruel. And mean. And I did not approve. Like David. I didn't like him one bit. How annoying. And oh, Sorcha. She was a pretty awesome villain. And I very much enjoyed reading about her. Except for that one part of her past. Hmph. I did not approve of that, lol. But still so interesting too.
I adored this book. I adored the romance between Aileana and Kiaran. It is swoony. Yet too little of it, which made me a bit heartbroken. Yet it also made me so happy, those few moments. So perfect. And we get to meet his sister. I was a bit unsure about her, but I think I loved her a lot. She was kind and sweet and I loved how she wanted to help Aileana so often. I just. I'm a bit sad that I didn't fully love this book at all times, yet I'm not too sad, because I did love it. It will always mean a lot to me. Hugs.
I think you all need to read these books. Because The Falconer and The Vanishing Throne are both unique and amazing and so well written. Elizabeth May is truly incredible. I love how she made up this world. So awesome. And I cannot wait to read more books by her. Now just dying for book three, though, lol. Because that ending was seriously mean. Hmph. I liked The Vanishing Throne a lot. It is such an incredible book. Full of action and romance and heartbreak. I loved it lots. You must all read this sequel.