Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
*full disclosure: Purchased
Description: (by goodreads.com)
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…
Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.
The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm.
Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book.
Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate, without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel.
Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts.
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