Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Please welcome TEEN BOOK REVIEWER, Nyia!

She is reviewing another great book I got from the BEA conference.

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 was exciting and had a great plot. The whole idea about a truce between faerie and humans held on a cursed ring was so exciting. I loved the main character, Tiki, and how she acted like a real thief and didn't trust anyone that she had not grown up with. It was interesting seeing her relationship with Raeker, her fellow thief, grow as she had to try to find a way to keep the piece between the faeries and humans. The villain as you would say was very diabolical; she used Tiki's family and her relationships against her to get the ring. Prince Leopold, who the ring was in a way stolen from, was very keen and did use his clues to figure out what was going on. The author did a great job at making everything real and uncut. I really liked that Tiki was the center of the action and didn't take a backseat to anything. She followed her instincts and that worked in her benefit allowing her to make the right choices. Overall I would give this book a 4 out 5 rings. The only thing I didn't like was that it seemed like Prince Leopard was suppose to play a big role, but it ended up that he wasn't that important.

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