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October 6, 2012

Review of The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1) by Kiki Hamilton

 

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…

The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1) by Kiki Hamilton
Publication Date:  September 27, 2011
Publisher:  Tor Teen / Macmillan
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If there is one genre that I can only get into if written properly it is the fairy genre. Hopefully my fellow readers understand what I mean when I say that since I find that there are only certain authors who can write about fairies in general and not make it sound clichéd, over-used and downright silly. All of what I just said is not the case in The Faerie Ring by author Kiki Hamilton.

The novel holds an original plot, exciting characters and a glimpse into England during the eighteen hundreds. Right off the bat, the novel begins with an interesting premise where we are introduced to main character Tiki and her rival(?) Reiker who comes off as a cryptic and straight up attractive character who obviously plays a role in the future of the novel. Tiki is a thief and a pick-pocket and after stealing food from the Queen of England’s kitchen she comes across the Queen’s sons speaking about a magnificent ring.

After the princes hide the ring to observe it in the future, Tiki steals it and quickly discovers that she has done a lot more than just steal a ring from the Queen of England: She has stolen a ring that keeps the peace between the fey and human worlds and now that the ring has gone missing the fey will stop at nothing to keep the ring in their possession so that they can attack (and eventually overcome) the human world. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when Tiki is followed by two of the fey who plan on doing any means necessary to get her to hand over the ring because of this, we are set on a fast paced journey with Tiki as readers wonder if she will protect the human world she has grown up in or will risk everything to save somebody dearest to her.

I loved the character Tiki, mainly because she’s described as being this beautiful creature when she cleans herself up and attends a ball in Buckingham palace. But what I enjoyed most about Tiki, wasn’t her beauty it was her personality. It’s pretty common in YA where you have characters who will put the fate of the world before the needs of those around them (oh those hero types!). Tiki is constantly conflicted throughout the story and thankfully she does not whine about it.

With the world of the fey being included in the novel, I expected it to remind me a lot of author Holly Black’s works and for it to be similar when it comes to how the fey act. I’ll admit that I enjoyed the faeries not being so human, that they are more psychotic, more pathological and honestly just more insane. We get faeries who, when they remove their glamour, are monsters from your worst nightmares with a weakness for iron.  I loved how Kiki Hamilton made the concept of faeries unique, they definitely stand out.

However I will admit that my one major problem with the novel was the pacing, I would find myself reaching a climatic point early on in the novel and suddenly find the novel lacking and lacking until finally my attention was just lost. There were mini-climax points, but even then they weren’t as exciting as they were expected to be mainly because I had predicted them early on and beforehand.

I would recommend The Faerie Ring to fans of The Infernal Devices, faerie lore and readers who want a quick and original read.

About the Author:

 

Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and a YA contemporary novel entitled THE LAST DANCE which will be released Spring 2013. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day.

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  1. Carmen B.
    10/6/2012

    I’ve wanted to read this one for about a year. Glad you enjoyed the world and characterization! I love me some insane fairies, haha ^^
    Pity you didn’t like the pacing so much. I’ll still give it a try because I don’t mainly read for plot/action so I hope I won’t be bothered by it…
    Great review!
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    It`s definitely worth the read!

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  2. Karina
    10/7/2012

    I’ve seen different fairy books but I haven’t read any yet. Yeah,boo me. hehe!
    This seems interesting with the setting and characters. I’ll probably give this a try. Thanks for the review!
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