The Faerie Ring will transport its readers to the Victorian England where the shadows of those unseen are scattered everywhere. I love Victorian England, every time I see or hear it, the first thing that will pop into my mind is magic.
This is my most favorite aspect of the story, the world building was so vivid and compelling and with Hamilton’s words, I painted the Victorian London and the slums to where Tiki and her friends are living inside my head almost perfectly. It’s so easy to lose yourself in The Faerie Ring because of its rich setting. To put it simply, Hamilton’s story-telling is simply full of life, engrossing and authentic.
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen/ Macmillan
Source: Pinoy Book Tours
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…
Tiki is such a wonderful and admirable protagonist. She’s a survivor with a beautiful heart. I really love how she genuinely care about her new found family and her dream of making a new life for them was just really inspiring.
Rieker, on the other hand, is an enigmatic character. From the very first time he appeared in the story, I was already intrigued by him and every now and then, he had me thinking whose side he was really on. I seriously enjoyed his unfathomable bearing. Prince Leopold was also another character I truly enjoyed, he was likable just as much as Tiki and Rieker. I’m really looking forward for more on these characters as well as to the supporting characters.
Reading The Faerie Ring was almost like reading my favorite fairy tale book. It’s such a magical and enthralling adventure. I highly recommend this to avid readers of YA Historical Fiction and Urban Fantasy and also to those who loves faerie tales.