Author: Kiki Hamilton
Series: Faerie Ring (Book 1)
Publication: Tor Teen; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
Description: THE YEAR IS 1871...
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 is a reservoir that holds a truce between the English royals and the world of the Fey. But there are many who want the ring, including the mysterious Rieker, a handsome pickpocket who has been watching Tiki, and a rebel group of UnSeelie fey who would do anything to break the truce...
A delicious blend of urban fantasy and heart-stopping suspense, the story of THE FAERIE RING takes you from the gritty slums of London to the glittering ballrooms of the Royal Palace to the menacing Otherworld - in a spellbinding tale of mystery and suspense where nothing is what it seems...
A stolen ring, a broken truce, a kingdom in peril...
My Thoughts: This fantasy is set in 1871 London. Tiki is an orphan who has been living on the street and picking pockets to take care of her new adoptive family. After narrowly escaping her latest victim by catching a ride on the back of a coach, she finds herself in Buckingham Palace. At first she just plans to steal some food from the abundance but she finds herself in a library and ends up taking a ring that was dropped on the floor.
Tiki never expected that it was the ring that holds the truce between the human world and faerie. Everyone wants it. Some faeries want it to break the truce. The Queen's youngest son Leo wants it back because he is the one who took it from its safe place and lost it.
Rieker also wants the ring. Rieker is another pickpocket who has been following Tiki around for quite a while. He is quite a mysterious character and Tiki isn't about to trust him with the safety of her family or the ring.
This story was very engaging. I liked that Tiki built her own family after her parents died of a fever. I liked her willingness to do anything for the good of young Clara who she found almost dead on the street a few years previously.
I enjoyed this fantasy and am eager to read the next three books in the series to learn more about Tiki, Rieker, and the other kids.
Rieker lowered his head toward her. Tiki leaned into him, the physical pull between them more than she could deny. she rested her hand on his chest, a sudden yearning filling her. His fingers slipped behind her head as his lips descended on hers, warm and urgent, as though he wanted to claim her before she was snatched from him.I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.