Publisher: Tor Teen.
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 absolutely loved The Faerie Ring and how differently it's set up than most other faerie novels I've read. Set way back in England during the 1800's, it's got a classic, timely feel about it with it's authentic depictions of the scenery and buildings and life that inhabited that era. I felt like Kiki Hamilton really nailed it with the settings. Every chapter introduced a new part of the Victorian London; the parks, the streets, the palaces, the bakeries and book shops, the orphaned children who pickpocket to survive - they were written beautifully and they were all so easy to picture in my head.
Tiki and her orphaned family definitely tugged on my heartstrings quite a bit. It was refreshing not to read about a heroin who put a love interest/romance before everything else. Not that there wasn't a great romance! Rieker (let's all have a collective dreamy sigh, shall we?) and Tiki's relationship works in perfectly with this novel because it doesn't consume the entire story. It's subtle and woven into their adventure at just the right times.
I would've loved to get a bit more insight into the world of faeries. The small touch of it that we get at the end wasn't enough for me! But hopefully there's a sequel choked full of evil faerieness. Which reminds me, that's another thing I appreciated about this book - it's ended to where it could work as a standalone, but it also sets up nicely for a sequel. (I'm rooting for a sequel. More lovely Victorian London and Rieker and badass faeries, please?)
Overall, The Faering Ring is a fantastic debut! With a lovable and honorable heroin, gorgeous descriptions of 1800's London, an intense fight for a ring and an epic battle between good and evil - I definitely recommend you all check this one out!
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