The Faerie Ring
[September 27, 2011]
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…
I. Loved. This. Book.
It was fun and romantic but also a little scary and full of adventure and throw it all in 1800s London, I'm sold.
Tiki was this wonderfully eccentric character. I loved the balance between thief and her former life. The whole little family she had and her relationship with Rieker just...all of the goodness. Even the relationship between the princes was beautifully done. Everything seemed realistic and interesting and it was all well written with fantastic characters and just...*sigh*
I loved how the stories all tied together. There were a couple different aspects to the story and they all just tied together so perfectly. By the end, I wasn't confused by anything, although at the beginning it can be kind like "...What does this have to do with things?" But trust me. It has everything to do with everything.
The writing was perfect. It kept me absolutely hooked in on the story. I never wanted to put this book down. And I kind of want to pick it up again now that I'm thinking about the story.
Between the magical elements and the real world, the relationships and the characters, the story lines and the writing, The Faerie Ring is just a whole lot of epic-ness packaged inside a gorgeous cover. Go buy NAO.