Summary from Goodreads:
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…
I have never read any story that involved a faerie until I read The Faerie Ring. Well, unless you count Tinkerbell. Even then, I only did it because my daughter must have REALLY wanted me to. See, I was never a big “faerie” girl…until now. I really enjoy I Read Banned Books. Jen has a really great site and hosts a lot of book tours and is always gracious enough to let me hop on the tours. I wasn’t going to sign up for The Faerie Ring because it had “faerie” in the title…Boy am I glad I did! I am now a convert! I find that books are kind of like chocolate…you don’t really need to try a new combo/flavor because who really needs a new kind of chocolate to enjoy, right? But boy, when you get a little taste of something different and it is just divine, you now have even more choices of milky smooth deliciousness to choose from right? Well, The Faerie Ring was my new kind of chocolate! I never new a story about ‘faeries’ could be so darn good!
I started the book with a bit of reluctance, to be completely honest. Thankfully I new I had a deadline otherwise I probably would have put off reading it just based on my assumptions of faeries. I was absolutely hooked from the moment I started reading. I know, that phrase can often be overused, but I can’t help but say I was hooked. I felt like I had been drawn right back to London in 1871. So much so, that I swear I could hear the hooves of the horses clacking and feel the moist, cool air on my face.
While reading this book I felt the full spectrum of emotions. I could feel the pain and sadness of Tiki losing her parents and the anger, fear and disgust of dealing with a wretched uncle. The amount of love, compassion and gratitude that was shared with Tiki and her Charing Cross family was pouring from the pages. Each character brought such tangible characteristics without having spent and enormous amount of energy telling each individual story. I was amazed (and grateful) and how well the story flowed. There wasn’t ever a time in the story that I ever questioned how I got there or had to look back and wonder where I had just been for pages.
Reiker brought a new element to Tiki’s story and personality. It was obvious that he was to play a very significant role in Tiki’s future, but I was very uncertain what that role would be. I was very certain that he would end up being her adversary and found myself getting rather irritated at his presence. But, oh wait, no but, I would hate for this to be a spoiler of any kind, so if you really want to know what Reiker does or doesn’t do, you should pick up the book…
Anyway…The Faerie Ring turned out to be an incredibly delectable read. I guess if I had to describe it I would have to say it was a story with a soul. It was certainly more than just words on paper telling of a story. If you are looking to escape for a while, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Faerie Ring!
Thanks again to Jen at I Read Banned Books for once again including me on one of your fantastic ARC blog tours!