Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

The Faerie Ring
(The Faerie Ring #1)
by Kiki Hamilton
Summary from Goodreads:

"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 enjoyed reading this book. It has everything I look for in a novel. There’s thrilling adventure, intriguing events, mystery, romance and likeable characters.

Our heroine, Tiki, reminds me a lot of Robin Hood and it’s cute to have a protagonist in an occupation that would usually be considered a villain’s job, thievery isn’t really seen righteous, right? But nonetheless, once you find out how she ended up in that life, add the fact that she has this strong maternal instinct to take care of orphans, just makes readers like her more.

The Faerie Ring will keep you wondering about a lot of things; what’s behind Tiki’s strange birthmark? Who is Rieker and what does he have to do with all of this? What’s the deal with ring and the royals? You head will be swimming with questions with each chapter.

I have a few problems with this book though. I didn’t buy the part where the orphans got to purchase a gown to wear when they scarcely had money to buy food, not to mention that one of them was sick and needed medicine.

Also, I assumed this was a book with faeries involved but there really wasn’t much of them in it; just maybe an appearance here and there, then a burst of them in the ending, but for someone who adores stories of faeries, I want more.

Overall, I think The Faerie Ring is a good book and a great debut novel for Kiki Hamilton. It’s not exactly one of my favorites but I was not disappointed with the adventure that the characters rode into but I hope with her next book, I’d see more faeries and a much, more exciting adventure. 

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