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