Title: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen
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…
(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)
This was a decent debut. Looking back months later, there isn’t a whole lot that’s really remarkable about this book, but it wasn’t bad either. It was a decent book, and its story is interesting enough that I plan to check out the second book. I remember reading it fairly quickly, despite the fact that I had it for weeks and kept putting it off, plus my sister tried reading it herself and didn’t find it interesting enough to stick through to the end, which was before I even started it. It used real-life characters, which kind of threw me off a little because I wanted to know how much was realistic and if a real prince was going to be the love interest in a fictional YA book, but it worked fairly well. My main issue with the book was the protagonist’s name, Tiki. Not only did it seem like a ridiculous name for the 19th century (it was apparently short for Tara Kathleen, if I recall correctly), but I suggest you look at the author’s own first name. Yep, an author named Kiki named her main character Tiki, a fact that my sister and I found both amusing and kind of sad.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars