The Faerie Ring

The Faerie RingTitle: The Faerie Ring
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Series: The Faerie Ring #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date: September 27, 2011
Pages: 343
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1871...

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 is a reservoir that holds a truce between the English royals and the world of the Fey. But there are many who want the ring, including the mysterious Rieker, a handsome pickpocket who has been watching Tiki, and a rebel group of UnSeelie fey who would do anything to break the truce...

A delicious blend of urban fantasy and heart-stopping suspense, the story of THE FAERIE RING takes you from the gritty slums of London to the glittering ballrooms of the Royal Palace to the menacing Otherworld - in a spellbinding tale of mystery and suspense where nothing is what it seems...


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The Faerie Ring was beautifully written and filled with adventure from the first page. Kiki Hamilton combines a thrilling story with a mysterious other world, rich historical detail, complicated characters, and just enough romance to tug at your heart without overwhelming the story.

I was first sucked into the story by Tiki’s personality. Even though she is a theif, she is driven by maternal instinct to protect the other struggling orphans around her. Since she was so well-educated, it was easy to tell that she wasn’t raised on the streets. I also loved her fierce attitude—she really was fearless. Tiki would do anything to protect those she loved or to prove that she could do something others thought she was incapable of achieving.

The romance in The Faerie Ring was done very well. It was a story where you could watch two people fall in love in a really sweet, endearing way. Tiki and Rieker both have complicated pasts, but this allows them to have a better understanding of one another. At times the story reminded me of Cinderella (one of my favorite stories), particularly when Tiki danced with Leopold at the masked ball—what a charming scene!

Overall, The Faerie Ring pretty much has it all: a wonderful cast of characters, a charming love story, an action-packed adventure, and of course magic.