The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: September 27, 2011
Source: I Read Banned Books Tours
Published format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Series: The Faerie Ring #1
Purchase: Book Depository
Summary from Goodreads:
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…
The last few months I’ve really been into anything set in a period other than ours, whether it was a movie or a book. So when this showed up in my mailbox from I Read Banned Books tours, I was very pleased. Kiki Hamilton did an awesome job transporting the reader to Victorian London. It definitely had an atmosphere to it.
Tiki is truly one of the strongest main characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a very long time. You don’t often find one her age that is as selfless as she is. Everything she does is for her family of orphans. And then enter in Rieker. Given the bad boy image from the get go, there’s definitely more to this sexy leading man than just being a mysterious thief. We also meet two sons of Queen Victoria, one of which is responsible for the loss of the Faerie ring. It was fun reading all the intrigues this characters got themselves into.
The only thing I had an issue with was how long it takes Tiki to realize one of her options considering the ring. As soon as the posters asking for the return of the ring went up, with a reward included, Tiki should’ve realized right away that that was the only logical way to get the money she needed, instead of continually thinking about selling it. I also would’ve liked more information about the faeries and their world, though I assume some of that will be revealed in future sequels.
The flow of the writing and dialogue was nicely down, making this one of those books that was easy to rip through, especially when I wanted to know what would happen next. I’m am definitely eager to read the next in the series. If you like historical fiction with a twist, or love anything to do with faeries, you need to read this book.