The Fallen Kingdom Review: Pros and Cons of Stopping the Faerie Apocalypse

September 27, 2021 by Bec | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

The Fallen Kingdom Review: Pros and Cons of Stopping the Faerie ApocalypseThe Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #3
Published by Chronicle Books on June 13th, 2017
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Historical, New Adult
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She’s on borrowed time…and she has only one chance to set things right.

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.

The Good Things

  • The final book in The Falconer trilogy, a fantastic upper YA/ New Adult historical fantasy series.
  • Another book hangover for me, thanks Elizabeth May.
  • I think I experienced every possible emotion reading this. Especially during the intense final chapters. I cried more than once.
  • There was some interesting new lore and fae history introduced! And exciting new powers that were fun (and terrifying) to explore.
  • Aithinne remains my favourite sarcastic queen! Her humour is so dry and random. I love it.
  • Thank goodness for sassy banter lightening what was a very dark and brutal book at times.
  • There were some very unexpected allies and great character journeys.
  • I love these characters a lot. I’m going to miss them.


The Not-So-Good Things

  • There is a bit of an amnesia trope at the start of The Fallen Kingdom. I rarely like that trope unless it’s present from the beginning of the series. Thankfully it didn’t last too long in this one.
  • I missed some of the side characters! They were there and did play a decent role at the end, but scenes with them were scarce overall.
  • It would have been nice to see what happened to the faerie realms after the plot resolution.


This book, this entire series, is so, so good. The final was brutal and bittersweet. There were a few things I would have liked to see more of, but overall the ending is fitting. I’m going to miss these characters.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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