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.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched 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...
5 out of 5 stars
Literally just finished this book about 15 minutes ago. And, normally when I write a book, (whether I loved it or not) I usually have some complaints about it--Some of the characters annoyed me, the romance was either dumb or too sexual, etc. But not for this book! I loved everything about it: the characters, writing, plot, setting, and romance.
So just get the book, read it, love it, swoon over a certain thief, and pretty much just read the entire thing in one sitting. That's what I did ;-)