Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: The Faerie Ring by KiKi Hamilton

Title: The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)
Author: KiKi Hamilton
Pages: 352
Publisher: TOR Teen
Source: Pinoy Book Tours

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


The Faerie Ring is a story which takes place in London in the year 1871. It is a story about Tiki who happens to be a pickpocket living with her family of orphans in the slums of London. Surviving purely on picking pockets and whatever they can find, Tiki's luck seems to turn around for the better after stealing a ring from the Palace - or so it seems.

I absolutely adored this book. It was pacey, intriguing and well written. I wasn't actually expecting much from this book but reading the first few pages got me instantly hooked. It was a fast read that I finished it in one sitting. The story was captivating and mysterious, a complete blend of historical fiction, mystery, a little bit of romance and fantasy. In addition to that, I was drawn to the characters - definitely felt their emotion and all throughout the book I can't help myself imagining the details vividly that I almost felt as if I am watching a movie.

There were a lot of times that I felt irritated and I wanted to smack Tiki in the head but thinking about it, how she acted was what most of us would do. She was head strong, loyal, devoted yet there are times that she was childish and brash. Reiker was a tough nut to crack - I knew that he would play a big part of the mystery yet I couldn't pin point what his role was until the story unraveled itself. The other characters were visible enough though I wanted to read more about them, maybe in the following book - who knows? A little bit of history would have been better too!

To sum everything up, I totally am a fan of this book! A book and series worth recommending and following. This is a great introduction for me from the author and by reading The Faerie Ring, would definitely follow up with how the Hamilton will take the story.

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