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.
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Tiki sneaks back in to the palace suring the masqurade ball and hides the ring behind a painting. During this time she meets several people and also the Prince who recognizes her birthmark. Using the Prince's own idea to write a ransom note for the money, Tiki borrows a pen and write out a ransom to give the prince. Then, Tiki goes to visit Clara in the hospital but is told she is no longer there and that her family came to take her out. The nurse describes Larkin to Tiki and in a panic, Tiki rushes home to tell the others. Rieker is there and tells them that Larkin will want to trade the ring for Clara.
Tiki has to confess that she sent the ransom note against Rieker's wishes but he finds it funny. Rieker and Tikit devise a plan to get into the palace and Tiki asks how they will. Rieker reveals that he is William, the other man she meet at the ball. She dresses as Elizabeth but they are both weary, afraid the Price is suspscious. When they arrive, it is evident that Prince Leo is very weary of Elizabeth/Tiki. Tiki is able to slip out to try to grab the ring but Prince Leo intercepts her right as she was going to reveal the hiding spot and asks to see her covered wrist. Rieker interrupts them and tells Tiki they must leave.
Later, Rieker reveals to Tiki that he has stayed on the streets because his family had died in an accident and that Larkin had saved him against the fey's wishes. He also tells Tiki of a man he helped who was part of the fey sent to look after Rieker who toled him about the faeries and his family's duty to watch over the ring of truce. He and Tiki kiss but they part quickly as Prince Leo rides up to them, Leo tells Rieker of his suspcions of Elizabeth by Rieker laughs it off (knowing the truth). Larkin bumps into Tiki and tells her Clara is close to death. Tiki tels Rieker who says he will find Larkin to try and reason with her. Tikit follows Rieker home and realizes that Larkin has been staying with him. feeling betrayed she tries to collect the reward money anyway but Prince Leo doesn't leave it. Tiki and the others plan to follow Rieker to his card game where he will get the ring and steal it from him.
Tiki breaks into Rieker's home and waits for him. He comes and drops the ring on the dresser. Tiki grabs it and he catches her, asking why she doesn't trust him. Larkin busts in and confirms that she and Rieker have been working together but Rieker tells Larkin she must fulfill her end of the bargain and give Tiki Clara. Larkin tries to take the ring and touches Tiki's birthmark. They are transported to the Otherworld where Larkin reveals Tiki is a descendant of Fey royalty. Marcus shows up and follows them back to Rieker's. There is a fight, Larkin is captured and Tiki kills Marcus just as Prince Leo comes in. They give the ring to Leo and explain why they had it. They find Clara back at Charing Cross and later the royal family gives the ring to Rieker for "the sake of peace". Rieker invites Tiki and the others to stay with him and tells Tiki he is opening a charity school and would like her to teach. They know the danger isn't over but are happy for now being with each other.
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