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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Kiki Hamilton's debut, The Faerie Ring was one I was definitely looking forward to. I enjoy stories about the myths of faeries and I because the setting was historical, it sounded like a new kind of book.
Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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…

What I Liked: 1) I liked Tiki. I thought she was a well-written and very personable main character. Her relationships with Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara were very strong and familial, and as a big sister myself, I definitely related to her protective nature to her adopted siblings. 2) Reiker. I wasn't sure what to make of Reiker in the beginning, there is a mystery surrounding him that I never understood until it smacked me in the face. Okay, not literally, but I didn't figure it out until Miz Hamilton spelled it out for me. I enjoy that kind of mystery and always appreciate it when an author can make me feel foolish for not figuring it out sooner! 3) The setting. Set in London, it's easy to visualize and understand where everyone is going, and what they are doing. I'm pretty certain that every place that was described was a real place, and things like that always make faerie tales feel more real to me. 4) Accurate Faerie myths. There are many myths about faeries, but there are some that everyone knows. And it's always obvious to me when an author does his or her research well enough to know what those are, but is also able to put their own spin on things. And Miz Hamilton does that very well.

What I Didn't Like: I expected more about the faeries, honestly. Because of the word faerie being in the title, I expected much more involvement along that story line. But the title isn't wrong. It's called The Faerie Ring, and the ring of the Faeries is truly the main connection from Faeries. We did meet a few though, so I expect that in the future books, there will be more Faerie involvement.

Overall thoughts: The Faerie Ring was an unexpected and fun story. The characters were all very real and personable, and the setting made the story all the more interesting. I still have some questions about who, what, when, where, why and how regarding the faeries, but I'm intrigued enough to know I want to read the next book, The Torn Wing, slated to come out sometime in 2012.

My rating: 3.5 shots


  1. I with you 100%! I wanted more fey in the story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book very much overall, but when the fairies finally did come out in the end, I thought, "oh yeah! this book is supposed to be about them!" I had completely forgotten.

    Great review!


  2. I'm actually more interested when I found out the Faeries wasn't filling up th pages since I'm not a huge Fae fan. I'm really intrigued by the premise. I plan to get to it very soon. Great review!

    Xpresso Reads

  3. Sweet! 1871, Charing Cross, London, Queen Victoria...all of that has put this book on my radar. I may check it out in the future!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  4. Diana - Glad to see I wasn't the only one! Like you, I was like, oh yeah, there are supposed to be faeries, once we got to that part!

    Giselle - It was definitely a unique take on a Fae story. And if you are looking for something with that Faerie tale story with out a big involvement of faeries, this one's for you!

    Amber - I was reading some of the comments from Kiki Hamilton about her book, and all the places she used were accurate. It really made everything much more real, and an interesting comparison to the faerie aspect of the story.

    Thanks for stopping by y'all!


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