Review: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
“The girl helps the king keep his darkness at bay.”
Name: The Fallen Kingdom
Author: Elizabeth May
Series: Book Three of The Falconer Series
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Historical
All things must come to and end and that includes one of the series I am not going to forget anytime soon. What a rollercoaster ride of feelings. I had forgotten what it felt like to get lost in a world so unlike my own, and that feeling that is left after closing the pages or reading that final remark. It is a mixture of relief and a little bit of grief from seeing your characters fade little by little. It is the feeling of wanting to re read it all over again and feel all the emotions the dialogue and the characters made you feel over and over again. That indescribable feeling is how I know this book was wonderful.
As I reminisce about this adventure of a book all I can tell you is that Elizabeth May delivered way above my expectations in the finale of this trilogy. There was just enough romance, just enough grief (maybe a little too much) that left me satisfied and elated with the ending. It was able to wrap up all of our favorite characters, redeem all the evil characters we grew to understand (you know who I am talking about) and was able to make our hearts melt and break and repeat this cycle in many of her chapters.
In the last quest to save her dying world, Kam is back from the dead (yet again). However, this time with powers too strong that are slowly killing her and withering her away. The only opportunity to save the world from a doomed end is to find a damned cursed book hidden in well the mouths of hell, pretty much impssible. The only way to open this book is with the help of one of the evil siblings. One of them broke her soul while the other one is also pinning for her lover and killed her mother. What a choice must she make. Not only that but our beloved Kiaran, has returned to his dark days and because of Kam's death his curse of being the Unseelie King is back and stronger. Having to feed on human's again he is lost in grief of having lost his lover and the chance that he might have to kill his sister to reunite the kingdom.
They all have to trust each other and their instics in order to save the world they love. However, to do this sacrifices must be done. These sacrifices didn't leave me happy. They made me cry and I haven't cried for a book in so long. I hadn't felt the rush of needing to know what was going to happen. And when the inevitable did happen my heart was broken in pieces.
“You’re looking for him, aren’t you?” he asks me quietly. “When you go out at night.” “Sometimes,” I admit. “Sometimes when I’m in this house, I feel like I can’t breathe.”
The ending is magically woven together and it delivers so much love and understanding. The characters and how their emotions and lives have changed is incredible, their ability to come out strong and resilient after everything was incredibly written. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed a lot was the dialogue. The funny banter between the enemies, and the passionate love affirmations made my day and even my week. I kind of don't want to read anything for nothing I read now will be as close to the emotions I felt while reading this work of art.
--- 5 stars ---