My students have been passing The Faerie Ring around quite a bit. One of the girls even had her mom read it (love that!) 🙂 If you haven’t already read Kiki Hamilton’s debut, I hope you do soon. Now that I FINALLY have a copy back in my possession, I can read it as well.
Summary of The Faerie Ring(From Goodreads):
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…
Hi Kayla and Anisa, Thanks for reading THE FAERIE RING and for submitting your questions!
- Why did you make the main characters orphans? I wanted a character that was trying to survive on her own and in Victorian London that wasn’t an uncommon state. I also wanted Tiki and the other orphans, who thought they had lost everything, including their families, to realize that “family” doesn’t have to be blood relatives. People you love can be as much your family as people related to you by blood.
- Did you have fun writing this book? I loved writing this book. I had just finished reading a faerie story that I didn’t really like – so I decided to write what I wanted to read. I didn’t outline THE FAERIE RING so I had to keep writing to see what happened next! I wrote the entire story in 30 days.
- Will there be a sequel? Yes, there is a second and a third book. Who knows? Maybe more. 🙂
- Why did you choose the setting of London in 1871? I like the mystery of the Victorian era. There was a real mix of technological advances and a strong belief in the occult, the Otherworld, and magic. I love the idea that there are stories from that time that got lost in history, sort of fell through the cracks, and if we knew the *real* story, everything would change….
- When you were growing up did you want to be a writer? Not really. I enjoyed writing – I wrote a lot of poetry in high school, and I always said I would write a book one day, but I didn’t feel compelled to write fiction.
- What inspired you to start writing? When The Goblet of Fire came out about 5-6 years ago, everyone was talking about Harry Potter and I didn’t know who he was. So I started the first book when my family and I left on a driving vacation. We arrived at our destination and I wasn’t done with the book yet so I made my husband keep driving until I was done. 🙂 I read all four books in that week and I remembered how much I *loved* the magic of reading – of being someone else – of living in another world. So I decided to write a story for my daughter, who was nine at the time.
- How did you come up with the idea of the ring, like the fire dancing in it and all? Can you keep a secret? I’ve actually only told this to one of my dear friends – but I was sitting on my couch working on THE FAERIE RING. Tiki had just stolen the Queen’s ring and I was thinking about what happened next. I was staring down at my left hand and my wedding ring has a number of beautiful diamonds in it – they were sparkling with a rainbow of prisms and suddenly I knew that a fire burned in the heart of the Queen’s ring and that the ring held a secret…..
- Do you think The Faerie Ring will be turned into a movie??? Haha! That made me laugh out loud! I can’t really imagine such a thing (I’m just so grateful it’s actually a BOOK!) but it would be pretty cool if it was. I know I would like to go see it!! 🙂 What do you think?
Thanks again for your questions! If you and your classmates would like some signed bookmarks, just have Mrs. Andersen email me with the school’s mailing address!