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The Faerie Ring

(The Faerie Ring #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,739 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Tor Teen / Macmillan
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May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I felt a little bad about giving a book one star. I seriously considered giving it two, but then I remembered that I didn't really like anything about it, so I stopped feeling guilty. The reviews for this book are overwhelmingly positive on Goodreads, though, so maybe I'm just crazy.

I was really on the fence about deciding to read The Faerie Ring, too. The cover is just awful. The inside flap made it seem intriguing. I decided to go for it anyway, since it seemed like I was piling up a stack of
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Faerie Ring is an intriguing, beautifully written, blend of historical fiction, mixed with the perfect dose of romance, mystery, and faerie lore, all set within the time period of Victorian London. I was completely enraptured with the story that I couldn't devour this debut novel fast enough. I absolutely loved reading this! Kiki Hamilton's writing is spellbinding and her story completely mesmerizing. The way Kiki mixed historical London with faerie lore was masterfully done, making this a t ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Faerie Ring is an enchanting novel, woven with dramatic adventure, intriguing faerie lore and a charming love story! I couldn’t stop turning the pages even though I didn’t want the story to end!

There is a little bit of everything in this novel. There's the historical aspect which is beautifully depicted! The not to glamorous streets of Victorian London and the oh-so-glamorous Royal Palace.... you feel like you're right there with Tiki. So, magnificent descriptions... check. Kiki did a great
Oct 24, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
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Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: macmillan

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton is one of my very favorite books of all time. I’ve read it a total of 4 times and I think the reason that The Faerie Ring stole my heart was that it literally transports me to another time and place. By this I mean the entire book is literally a Faerie Tale combined with a wonderful historical setting that is just so easy to get lost in-it's better than the bath salts that say "TAKE ME AWAY", for that it does! Enmeshing myself in The Faerie Ring is
Ashley (Books Obsession)
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story is set in London, 1871. Tiki is a sixteen year old orphan living in an abandoned shop behind the railway station. She pickpockets wealthy people on the streets in order to survive and also takes care of four friends who she considers her family: Shamus, a boy her age, Toots and Fiona, the young ones, and Clara, the little sick one who Tiki cares fondly about. When Tiki steals a beautiful red ring, which she hopes to trade for a bundle of money, she quickly finds out that it's the queen ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Tiki lost her parents young and ran away from her Aunt and Uncle's home. She lives with four other orphans, Shamus, Toots, Fiona, and Clara. They survive by stealing food and pick pocketing. Tiki also has another thief friend named Rieker that helps her out of some of her thieving jams. While Tiki is out one night she hops on the back of a carriage that ends up taking her to the palace. Tiki goes in without even realizing it at first to steal food. After she grabs some food she goes to hide in a ...more
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2011
I am so glad I had the chance to read The Faerie Ring. It was a mix of my favorite book topics: history, faeries, and romance. It was incredibly well written and the characters were all developed and likable.

Tiki, a pickpocket living with four fellow orphans by Charing Cross railway station, is a brave, innovative, and kind person. She works hard to keep her and her "family" alive and is determined to get them better living conditions. I loved all of her fellow pickpockets. Clara, Toots, Shamus,
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dangit! I had such high expectations for this one... and it started out well too.

Tiki is a thief who had taken it upon herself to care for some other kids like her. I liked her at first with her fiery go at it attitude, but little by little I felt something was missing. What went wrong exactly? Nothing... and maybe that's what was wrong. Basically, the story was too pat.

To start, anything bad that could happen, did happen. Her parents die, leaving her an orphan shuffled to an aunt and a shady u
Kendare Blake
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kiki Hamilton's THE FAERIE RING was an excellent piece of historical fiction. I loved the descriptions of London, and particularly enjoyed that it opened inside The World's End, which is the only pub I ever go to in Camden Town.

Though there are plenty of things going on here: faerie danger, royal intrigue, a romance with a mysterious (is he helpful, or a duplicitous ass?) rake, I think my favorite part of the story was the survival element of the pickpocketing ragamuffins. They were definitely t
Deborah O'Carroll
I had hoped this would be a new favorite... no such luck since I wished it would be awesomer than it was and some of it annoyed me; however I did enjoy it, largely because Rieker is awesome... and it's a historical fantasy set in 1871 London with creepy Faeries and street thieves, with mention of Tam Lin as historical, and a dash of not-really-but-almost-Cinderella. So. Not a new favorite because of reasons, but I did enjoy it okay. ...more
Amelia, free market Puritan
Premise: The Faerie Ring has a lot of positive qualities. For one thing, Tor Teen knows how to write a synopsis that draws in a reader: "Prince, pauper, thief...all must work together to secure the treaty..." As soon as I read this last sentence, I was hooked. I had to get my hands on this book. And the premise was very interesting. I'm sure we've all read faerie books before, but I can't name another one off the top of my head that takes place in Victorian London and attempts to create a sh
Sep 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2011
(originally reviewed on starmetal oak book blog)

As you can see, I didn't have much luck with this book despite it being on my most anticipated reads from BEA this year. I really wanted to be absorbed into Victorian London and experience through the eyes of Tiki, the main character, but it never worked out. Tiki is a street kid living in an abandoned shop with a few other orphaned children. They have to steal to live and often go hungry. I liked that the author chose to tell this story from that
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had very high expectations going into THE FAERIE RING, and I'm delighted to say it did not disappoint. This is one of those books you want to read curled up in your bed while the blustery wind blows outside. (And yes, I did read the book curled in my own bed while the autumn winds blew.)

Tiki, the main character, is tough and endearing--the sort of gal you instantly root for--and her gang of orphaned pickpockets is just as lovable. (I totally wanted to join their happy family.) The swoon-worthy
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a full review but I was lucky enough to read it early and provide a blurb. Here it is!

"A delicious blend of urban fantasy, heart-stopping suspense and sizzling romance - THE FAERIE RING rocks! Pulsing with excitement this high-stakes adventure catapults you through the gritty slums of Victorian London, the glittering balls of the Royal Palace, and the menacing Otherworld, in a thrilling tale where no one and nothing is what it seems. Deception, twists, diabolical faeries, a gutsy hero
Katieb (MundieMoms)
The Faerie Ring is an intriguing, beautifully written, blend of historical fiction, mixed with the perfect dose of romance, mystery, and faerie lore, all set within the time period of Victorian London. I was completely enraptured with the story that I couldn't devour this debut novel fast enough. I absolutely loved reading this! I will be sharing my full review closer to the release date next year. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: You will be captivated by the world that Hamilton has built and be enchanted by the romance of the story.

Opening Sentence: “You won’t be here pickin’ pockets, would you?”

The Review:

Kiki Hamilton’s The Faerie Ring is set in 1871 London. She has created a world that I want to be a part of. While Hamilton portrayed a time filled with problems and poverty, she also described a world of secrets and enchantment.

Tara Kathleen, or Tiki, lost her parent
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hamilton presented a London that had so many abandoned children, orphans and pickpockets. It was a fragile and problematic time wherein money was hard to earn and food came scarcely. I was entirely sold out to how the world was built. It seemed real, complete with all the drama of everyday life in the streets. I found it easy to sympathize with the street urchins of The Faerie Ring because here in my country, there are a handful of them too. Their situation was really heartbreaking.

Tara Kathleen
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
so far I'm liking it, although I really dislike the cover. it's black, with a huge hand and the ring looks like and engagement ring.... the plot moves at a good pace, which is always nice... review to come soon.

so here is the review
Tiki lives in Victorian London, she is 16 years old and she is a thief.

Anxious about the other orphans that are in her care, and desperate, she finds herself one night in a lavish house, stealing a golden ring with a red stone. Little does she know that the lavish hou
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Faerie Ring, debut author Kiki Hamilton blends historical fiction with the paranormal in the story of a stolen ring that holds the key to peace between the faery realm and the rulers of England. Tiki only stole the ring out of desperation to provide food for her orphan family, but now she is caught in the middle of a high stakes battle over the treaty, and her own mysterious past comes to play in the negotiations for it’s return. With the ring missing, the faeries are free to roam the str ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Short
- Although I don't like historical books I found that it was an advantage to The Faerie Ring that it was in the past
- All the characters were very easy to like
- The main character, Tiki, was someone I connected with straight away
- I finished this book with a smile on my face

In Long
When I was asked to be part of The Faerie Ring UK Book Tour I was so excited! I have had my eye on this book for a while. I have to admit that I was first drawn to it by the cover, which
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, I was enjoying this book until I got to the middle. I loved reading about Tiki’s and her makeshift family’s thieving exploits. The enjoyment lasted until I got to the part where Tiki was able to put the stolen ring back to the palace…quite easily. But that’s not the only thing that I had trouble with. I thought that even when Tiki and the kids were swiping food or coal or money, it was conveniently easy. But let's not focus on that. After all, there are other elements in this book that wer ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Who loves faeries? Cheer with me! (the boisterous crowd erupts in a deafening wave of cheers) Yes! Now I have my minions!

So, these faeries, how did you like them? (crowd acknowledges with nods, enthusiastic clapping, blank faces, and jeers) Well, my people, I’m sorry to disappoint you all but I enjoyed them. Sure, they’re your standard fare stunningly beautiful creatures of magic but I must defend myself and say that I like how they’re totally nasty mofos who are vindictive, manipulati
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 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 kno
I've been looking forward to reading The Faerie Ring FOREVER, so you can imagine my delight in delivering this message to you: it is MORE than just a breathtakingly stunning cover. I think I have found a new favorite author in Kiki Hamilton. Her writing style is pretty and flowy and she perfectly depicts 19th century England. Or at least what I'd imagine it to be.

Tiki is a lovable, frustrating MC. Sometimes I wanted to wring her neck a little for being stupid, but I'd rather dislike her SOMETIME
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Before I tell you my thoughts on The Faerie Ring, I wanted to share my experience with you about Kiki Hamilton, the author. I have a special place in my heart for this author. Back when I started this blog, I saw The Faerie Ring on goodreads and was immediately taken in by the cover. I decided to get up the nerve to send an email to Kiki and she was sweet enough to send a reply. She was the first author I had ever contacted and she also sent me my very first swag. Since she was so sweet to me, I ...more
Jenny Q
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
3.5 Stars. This has everything I like in a book: a historical setting, a brave and gutsy heroine with a softer side, a mysterious brooding hero with a big secret, and a little bit of magic. Ms. Hamilton takes Victorian London and gives it a bit of an alternate history, giving Queen Victoria two sons in the process and a precarious truce with the fae world.

When, Tiki, a pickpocket who steals to help feed the little troop of urchins she's taken in under her wing, hitches a ride on a carriage that
Jessica at Book Sake
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is not your average Faerie Tale. The fact that the main character is living in an abandoned shop, stealing from others to feed the family she has made for herself, all while dressed as a boy, certainly sets a different tone. It also takes place in a time when tuberculosis was rampant and shortly after the first TB sanatorium was opened. While this wasn’t a large part of the story, it was interesting to me because I am a nursing student, though it does fuel the reasons why Tiki steals the ri ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
Set in Victorian London, The Faerie Ring is an adventure-filled, fulfilling and wonderfully relaxing read. In order to help support a group of orphaned street children, Tiki must pilfer and pick pockets. During one such escapade, into a royal palace no less, Tiki steals a ring; a ring reminiscent of the One Ring that could endanger a country and shape her destiny.

I simply couldn't put this brilliantly original page-turner down. The realistic combination of history, enchanting characters, and fa
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews

The Faerie Ring is about a girl called Tiki and her family. They are extremely poor, resorting to pick-pocketing in order to survive.

When Tiki unknowingly steals Queen Victoria's ring a truce withy the fairies is put at risk. Tiki must choose between what is right and what is easy when the fairies attack and her adopted sister, Clara, is put in danger.

The Faerie Ring is quite simply amazing, the descriptions allow you to sink into the story and experience each moment s i
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Kiki Hamilton is the award-winning author of THE MIDNIGHT SPY-named One of the Best Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews; THE FAERIE RING series and several contemporary novels. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she loves to travel and is most likely plotting her next adventure - in more ways than one! :-)

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