Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Summary: 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…
Review: I'd heard some pretty good things about The Faerie Ring. But I had no idea that I would be absolutely blown away by this book.
Tiki, I find it funny that her name is so similar to the author's, instantly captured my heart. She did so from the moment she appeared on the first page, trying to pick a man's pocket. There is nothing not to love about Tiki. She literally takes care of a bunch of orphans and will do anything to help them have better lives. Plus, she is one spunky girl!
Tiki's makeshift family pulled on my heartstrings. I felt so much for them. They were truly an admirable group of kids. Rieker, the love interest, will definitely have you swooning. I know he had me doing just that.
I loved all the secrets that were revealed in this. Hamilton keeps you in the dark for awhile about the characters but she doesn't leave you hanging. She makes sure that you have all the information you need to know to have a pleasurable reading experience.
The historical world that Hamilton creates is believable and fantastic. Her descriptions made me feel like I was really there with Tiki and Rieker on their heart-pounding adventures that pop up through the entire book.
Even though The Faerie Ring is first in a four book series, it could easily be a standalone that isn't quite complete. I'm sure that after reading this, you and myself included, will be more than overjoyed that there are many sequels to The Faerie Ring. The Faerie Ring is one fantastic book.