Friday, October 05, 2012

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Genre: Paranormal/Historical, Young Adult
Series: The Faerie Ring #1

Hardcover, 343 pages
Publication: September 27th 2011 by Tor Teen / Macmillan 

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Source: Bought for myself

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…

Tiki is a street orphan living with other children in an abandon clockwork shop, together they all pickpocket/steal to make it from day to day. One night while out on the town doing her usual thing, Tiki stumbles upon a building with fresh food, she sneaks into the building and steals a loaf of bread and cheese. As she tries to get out of the building undetected, she temporarily hides in the building’s library. It’s there where she steals a ring, the most beautiful ring she has ever seen. It turns out the ring belongs to Queen Victoria herself! Tiki plans to pawn the ring to make enough money so her and her ‘family’ can have a real place to live and never have to go hungry again. To complicate matters, this isn’t an ordinary ring. The ring is a contract/truce between the British royals and the realm of the faeries. Both the royals and the faeries will stop at nothing to get the ring back….and they both have an idea of who has it.

This was a great book, blending history with paranormal/fantasy elements. The Faerie Ring is center around Tiki and the ring as she tries to steal it, ransom for it and then tries to steal it again lol (have to read the book to know what I mean). Tiki is a smart and independent sixteen-year-old, and the glue that holds her little group together. The supporting characters were just that…supporting characters. They didn’t really do anything to help/hinder the story. Then there’s the mysterious Rieker, a fellow pick-pocketer, he seems to always be where Tiki at/or when she needs help.

There were a few twists and surprises towards the end of the book, and we learn about Rieker’s ‘other identity and that there’s more to Tiki than meets the eyes. The ending and resolution felt rush, but I guess book two is suppose to expand on the faeries  problems...I just hope we get more background and answers about the faeries realm. Overall I enjoyed this novel, the pacing was good and it kept me engaged that I finished the book in a day and half. If you’re looking for a fun-light read, and enjoy reading about faeries, you should give this book a go! 

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