The Faerie Ring
By Kiki Hamilton
Published September 2011
Published by Tor Teen
Summary Taken 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…
Before I tell you my thoughts on The Faerie Ring, I wanted to share my experience with you about Kiki Hamilton, the author. I have a special place in my heart for this author. Back when I started this blog, I saw The Faerie Ring on goodreads and was immediately taken in by the cover. I decided to get up the nerve to send an email to Kiki and she was sweet enough to send a reply. She was the first author I had ever contacted and she also sent me my very first swag. Since she was so sweet to me, I really hoped that her book was a success and that it was as good as I wanted it to be.
I am very satisfied to say- it was excellent. I loved the story and thought the pacing was excellent. I really had time to get to know each of the characters and found the relationships between them completely believable. I am so glad that the story wasn't rushed- I learned so much about Tiki (not as much her heritage, but who she WAS) through the story. I love that the fae were (and still are) very mysterious and that the readers weren't told everything off the bat.
I enjoyed seeing England's monarchy involved in the story. I loved the parts where Tiki got to be the "lady" that she was bred to be. I hope there are more parts to the second book where Tiki can step out of her trousers and into a ballgown.
If you are a fan of fantasy, fae, or sitting down and reading a book that will have you daydreaming about it and burning your dinner- read The Faerie Ring. You won't regret it!