First off, we have some winners to announce.
The winner of The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer is:
The winner of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is:
Now, on to Book Monday.
(ARC Provided by Tor)
I have a huge soft spot for young adult faerie books, since I write about faeries. I have an even larger soft spot for Victorian faerie stories.
This book didn’t disappoint me one bit.
Hamilton skillfully combines faerie lore with Victorian London weaving together an enchanting tale of magic, mystery, and mayhem.
Tiki is a teen-pickpocket living with her “family” of orphan thieves, including little Clara, who’s often sick. When Tiki steals a ring from the palace she thinks first of Clara and how the ring could buy the medicine they need for the littlest and frailest member of their band. Only the ring Tiki stole binds the treaty between the royal family and the fey. Away from the safety of the palace, the ring–and Tiki–become a target. If the ring is destroyed then the treaty is broken and the fey can do as they will, probably at the cost of mortal London. In order to save the treaty–and humanity, she must figure out who to trust, which includes the handsome rascal Riecker and the young Prince Leopold.
This fast-paced action-packed story is full of twists and turns that had me glued to my chair. I fell in love with Tiki from the very beginning. She’s plucky, and resilient, and even though life hasn’t dealt her the best hand, she’s not bitter, rather, she rolls with the punches and does what she needs to do to survive–and protect her family. I love how loyal she and the other orphans in their little band really take care of each other — even little Clara.
Hamilton’s version of Victorian London comes alive–complete with the grit, despair, and poverty all-too-common in that era. However, thanks to Tiki and her resistance, even when the story gets dark, there’s always a glimmer of hope. It’s also quite fun to journey through London with Tiki–from the streets of London to the palace and thanks to the brilliant descriptions you feel like you’re *right there*.
Oh yes, there’s Riecker.
Again, I loved the way Hamilton seamlessly melded faerie lore–and even Gaelic–into her Victorian world. Like in faerie lore, these faeries aren’t always nice, especially those of the dark court. There’s something for everyone in this story–a little historical fiction, a little romance, a really good story, faeries, action, and mystery. I highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of either faeries or Victorian stories.
Since I love this story so much and am going to buy a final copy, I’m going to give away my ARC. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what sort of faerie (dark or bright) is your favorite. Contest open internationally, ends October 9th, 2011, at 11:59 PM PST.