Good Reads Summary
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…
|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 uncle. Having run away, she ends up homeless only to turn to thievery to survive. And yet despite all that, Tiki turns into a thief with a heart o' gold, taking in an orphan or two, and stealing from not so upstanding fellows. Plus, she had someone (a couple of someones) watching over her. Am I nitpicking? Maybe I am. But I simply felt no connection to her... it didnt help that tears tended to spill out every so often. As to the others, I felt there absence and could never have formed connections with any of them (though Fiona did have potential.)
I had also hoped more from Reiker/Rieker(?) but I was let down there as well. His story is another sob story, yet I found myself shrugging out a 'So?'
The more interesting bits had to do with Prince Leo. I felt his reactions to be the most appropriate. He was suspicious, perplexed but managed to put two and two together eventually. As opposed to Tiki and Reiker's own reactions which I felt to be so-so.
Ah, well, if this were MG, I'd say it's an OK read, but still...