Thursday, 15 December 2011

Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

The Faerie Ring
The Faerie Ring #1
Kiki Hamiton
Publication date: 27th September 2011
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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 loved the Victorian London setting of The Faerie Ring it has everything you would expect- orphaned children, hacking coughs, pick pockets and a fantastic twist that old Queen Victoria herself possess a ring which holds the truce between the Victorian world and the Faerie realm.

Tiki is an orphan and clever pick pocket, taken in by fellow pick pockets she has then taken on the responsibility for caring for a further two orphans (one with the obligatory hacking cough) and they live as a family of sorts in an old rundown building stealing to survive they are cold, hungry and constantly dirty.

After a pick pocket escapade goes wrong Tiki finds herself at Buckingham Palace and whilst hiding to save her skin she has the opportunity to steal a ring (without really realising it belongs to old Queen Vic) which Tiki knows she can either sell or collect the reward and provide a better life for her family.

What Tiki doesn't know is that by stealing the ring the fragile peace between the human world and the fae is now under threat and the fae will do anything to get the ring and break the peace for good.

Sometimes I find books with a Victorian theme difficult to get into but I found The Faerie Ring thoroughly readable, even if there was a few "cor blimey gov" moments thrown in which actually made me smile. The setting, the twist with the royals and the evil fae all added to the story and kept me glued to the pages.

I've been dying to read this for a while and although I thought the pace slowed down in the middle I really did enjoy it.

3 comments:

  1. I'm sooo glad you enjoyed this! :) It definitely sounds like such a great story and I need to read it sometime, too.

    Great review. :)
    Carina

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  2. I think this sounds like a nice read - I quite like victorian era stoires - well, I like steampunk so will think give this a try! :-)

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  3. I love settings like this! They take me to different customs, etc. Thanks for the review. Without it, I probably wouldn't think this book would interest me. :)

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