A stolen ring, a broken truce, a kingdom in peril...
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…
About The Faerie Ring
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Begins with our first glimpse of Tiki as she is mentioned to us to be a pickpocket thief. To her, its a great opportunity to help herself and orphans she lives with to survive. She has hunted down her target who's a big hit. As, she sets to it, Rieker, a boy she knows well shows up. He tries to intervene because as he sees it, it is dangerous. Tiki leaves Rieker to pickpocket her mark but then finds it wont be as easy as she first thought. Tiki barely escapes and finds herself at the home of Queen Victoria of England. She stumbles on Prince Leopold and Prince Arthur's conversation in a study. To Tiki its a little of a surprise to find a ring from the royals that appears so very enticing. Without a thought she decides to pocket it.
Unknown to Tiki, this ring is being pursued by faeries so they can break a peace treaty between them and the court of England. The court of Queen Victoria's reign to be exact. Once the treaty is broken all faeries can finally take the human world for their own which they see as having been stolen by humans. So Tiki's only chance to avoid dangerous faeries is Rieker a boy who can't help himself track Tiki down for her own safety.
The faeries of "The Faerie Ring" are not wonderful or nice creatures by the way. Well at least the ones we have been introduced to. They are beautiful yet cruel. For most of the book they viciously attack Tiki and Rieker believing they have the faerie ring. Bringing the faeries makes it more suspenseful for readers. Since we feel a dangerous edge, Tiki on ther other hand, is a clever girl who can devise outrageous schemes. She can also be fearful too which makes it feel all the more real. After all, we can't expect all our heroines to be fully fearless and strong. There has to be obstacles they can overcome. Now for Rieker, he's a sweet guy but also though it's important to note underneath that he carries a mysterious sadness. In short, all the characters are very swoon-worthy.
I had heard many good raves for "The Faerie Ring". After reading, The Faerie Ring, I've to say all these great compliments for this debut novel are entirely true. You can bet I'll be reading the other books in this new series. A very enjoyable, adventure fantasy with what fantasy lovers love most which is faeries!
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Faeries
About the Author
Kiki Hamilton believes in faeries. And magic. Though she has a B.A. in business administration from Washington State University and has run a business with her husband for many years, as well as worked in a variety of management positions for other companies, her first love is young-adult stories of fantasy and adventure. Kiki lives near Seattle, Washington. where it only rains part of the time. She is a member of Class 2k11 and The Elevensies, and also blogs at The Enchanted Inkpot. Visit Kiki's Website at www.kikihamilton.com.