Review: The Vanishing Throne

Title: The Vanishing Throne

Author: Elizabeth May

Date of Publication: June 21, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Everything she loved is gone.

Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a prisoner of the evil fae Lonnrach, who has a desperate and deadly plan for his new captive.

Tortured. Time after agonizing time Lonnrach steals Aileana’s memories, searching for knowledge to save his world. Just when she’s about to lose all hope, Aileana is rescued by an unexpected ally and returns home, only to confront a terrifying truth. The city of Edinburgh is now an unrecognizable wasteland. And Aileana knows the devastation is all her fault.

Transformed. The few human survivors are living in an underground colony, in an uneasy truce with a remnant of the fae. It is a fragile alliance, but an even greater danger awaits: the human and fae worlds may disappear forever. Only Aileana can save both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing so might be her life…

My Review:

The book starts out with Aileanna trapped away from the human realm with a fae named Lonnrach who is holding her prisoner and constantly drinks from her blood with his bites to try and pull information through her memories. He is on a mission to find something that he needs that Aileanna has no idea about.

Aileanna loses herself through the things that Lonnrach does and one of the only things that is keeping her from losing it all are thoughts of Kiaran who is her fae friend and maybe more. Eventually Kiaran’s sister Aithinne rescues her, and they escape and make it back to the human world where they meet up with characters from book one.

At first I wasn’t sure about this book because it was kind of slow at first, but things eventually pick up, and I could not put it down. We are introduced to a new character Aithinne which is Kiaran’s sister, and I absolutely loved her. She has demons of her own from Lonnrach and being trapped with the fae for 2,000 years, but she hides them so well and is funny and someone that I would aspire to be like.

We meet Derrick again who is such a crazy and cute little fairy. I would like to have one of him myself especially with his sewing skills. I didn’t like Gavin as much as I did in book one and maybe it was because he was so hardened after things that had happened from the fae attack.

I could not get enough of Kiaran and his back story. You want to hate him because of the things that he has done but love him because of the individual he has become.  The romance between him and Aileanna was absolutely perfect and did not take away from the story at all.

The last thirty pages get pretty intense, and I have no idea what is going to happen in the next book from that cliffhanger, but I am so ready for it.

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8 thoughts on “Review: The Vanishing Throne

  1. A well-constructed review of what promises to be a worthwhile read.
    I note that, as with some of my own fantasy, the category is YA. I am starting to wonder why it is invariably assumed that mature adults won’t like a good story which does not feature lots of explicit sex and/or bad language. I would imagine that many mature people would enjoy the YA offerings a good deal more than much of the adult fantasy out there.

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