Published: Tor Teen (September 27, 2011)
Series: Book 1 of 4
Source: finished copy from publisher.
GoodReads 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…
My Thoughts: I've been looking forward to reading The Faerie Ring FOREVER, so you can imagine my delight in delivering this message to you: it is MORE than just a breathtakingly stunning cover. I think I have found a new favorite author in Kiki Hamilton. Her writing style is pretty and flowy and she perfectly depicts 19th century England. Or at least what I'd imagine it to be.
Tiki is a lovable, frustrating MC. Sometimes I wanted to wring her neck a little for being stupid, but I'd rather dislike her SOMETIMES than end up hating her because she always makes the right move.
The lore that surrounds the book's namesake, The Faerie Ring, is pretty frickin' fabulous. Anyone who knows me knows I would marry faerie books. I want to BE a faerie, but perhaps not in this world because these faerie are ten kinds of scary. Like, slice you up a little and steal-your-children-then-laugh-at-you scary. I can only hope we get a further glimpse into the Otherworld with book two. Where art thou, book two?!
If you love faerie books, do yourself a favor (and me, so we can talk about it!) and check this out. I mean hey, if nothing else, you can always just snuggle up with the cover and tell it how beautiful it looks tonight. If you're going to romance a book, this is the one to woo. Because it has a boy named Rieker. And he's kind of stunning.
There is SO MUCH more to be told in this series and I am cuckoo bananas waiting for more.