Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Banned Book Tours
Series: The Faerie Ring
Others in Series: The Torn Wing, The Tara Stone, The Endgame
Synopsis 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…
Author Kiki Hamilton has written a stunning debut! The Faerie Ring is the perfect blend of historical fiction, intriguing faerie lore, heart-racing mystery and captivating romance. Devoured in one sitting, Hamilton has left me craving the sequel and reminiscing about the wonderfulness contained within The Faerie Ring's pages.
Tiki is an orphan girl living on the streets. To survive on the streets of Victorian London, Tiki picks pockets to keep herself and her few friends alive. By chance, she happens among a valuable object that could get her and her orphan friends off of the streets and into a better life. However, once she pockets the faerie ring, all is far from well.
Let's start of with the setting - Victorian London in 1871. The setting was so incredibly charming. Having read a few books recently taking place in London, I felt like I was actually walking through areas like Charing Cross, King's Cross Station (Harry Potter!!) and even Buckingham Palace. All of this just added to the historical charm. The time period is easily stamped into your mind with the dress and dialect. Fabulous!
Character-wise, Hamilton created a cast so endearing you can't help but fall in love with each and every one of them. Tiki is a fighter with a heart of gold and so much compassion. Being only a teenager, she spends most of her time watching out for and helping raise other orphan children. She picks pockets to make sure that they get fed instead of thinking solely about herself. She also has a mystery surrounding herself and the mark on her wrist. Then we have Reiker... oh, Reiker. I truly love him. He's very mysterious and alluring, and all is not as it seems regarding him. He seems to be lurking around Tiki, but for what purpose? You've also got the orphans Tiki lives with, the faeries and even the royal family. All of the characters are very well developed and just continue building a beautiful story on top of a wonderful setting.
Hamilton has an enchanting writing style that will keep you hooked. Even though I did not want the story to end, I could not stop turning the pages. Kiki Hamilton has given readers an outstanding debut, which I HIGHLY recommend!
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