September 27, 2011
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…
Hamilton has conceived a highly addictive YA novel that will leave you wanting more. The dynamics of the story are fascinating and kept me glued to the pages. The faeries that Hamilton has imagined are not your average nice, sweet faeries--they are mysterious and lethal. I know one thing, I wouldn't want to stumble upon any of this world's faeries!
Tiki has had more than her fair share of challenges in life. Her parents died and she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle was a horrible human being who scared Tiki enough that she escaped into the night and became an orphan. Her fellow orphans Shamus, Fiona, Tooks, and Clara are her true family and she will do anything for them.
I just loved the relationship Tiki had with her makeshift family. They are master pickpocketers and work well together to survive on their own. I don't know how they did what they did, but I sure give them props! I would never be able to survive like that!
The whole mystery surrounding the ring was crazy! To think that such a ring could mean so much for the entire London population. Tiki sure causes a lot of problems when she snatches it. The extra attention she gets from Rieker may appear to bother her at first, but I could tell that she didn't hate it. There is some definite chemistry between these two!
I enjoyed every moment that I spent reading THE FAERIE RING. It is original and the writing is amazing! I will be looking forward to more novels from Hamilton!