In the Forests of the Night (The Goblin Wars Series #2)

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The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill ...

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Overview

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Like a typical teenage girl, Teagan attends high school and has a part-time job and a Face Book page. Unlike many teenage girls, Teagan is part goblin and she mingles with creatures such as a tiny sprite, an angel, and large cats that have human mouths and human hands. Evil creatures have been emerging from the underworld known as Mag Mell. Fear Doirich, the Dark Man himself, may even emerge in an effort to kill Teagan's gifted and magical little brother Aiden. Teagan will do anything to keep that from happening, even if it means entering Mag Mell herself to confront the Dark Man. She must hurry, though. A Mag Mell creature has infected her with a disease that is affecting her DNA and adding its own genetic material. Teagan has support and protection from a large group of family and friends that include Finn, a Fir Bolg who professes his undying love for her, but will that be enough? This modern day novel mixes some Irish lore with snippets from classic literature and then adds elements of fantasy to create a clever and imaginative story. The large cast of characters, however, with their unique names and backgrounds, sometimes clouds the plot. This is book two in the "Goblin Wars" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
VOYA - Nancy Wallace
Following immediately after Tyger, Tyger (Clarion, 2010/VOYA December 2010), Teagan attempts to establish normalcy in her life after her return from Mag Mell. Her boyfriend, Finn, warns that there will be no safety as long as Fear Doirich rules Mag Mell and continues to try to lure Tea back. Cat Sidhe lurk at every corner, even though Raynor, Finn's guardian angel, guards the entrance to Mag Mell against further intrusion. When Fear's agents target Tea's friends and family, she goes on the offensive. Carrying an iron knife into Mag Mell to kill Fear, Tea finds she has unwittingly fallen in with Queen Mab's plans. Tea escapes without murdering the man who threatens her family, only to declare war, not only on Fear but also on Mab herself. An emphasis on Celtic mythology sets this series apart. Unique characters, strong plot, and nonstop action will hook teens and reel them in. Tea's fey, artistic mother, who dies in Tyger, Tyger; her father, a lovable, absent-minded librarian; and Aiden, her naive little brother inspire Tea to be fiercely protective. She is willing to sacrifice herself to save her family. The book abounds with wonderful characters. Even minor ones are well developed and memorable: Abby, Tea's best friend, whose mob ties prove indispensable, and Mrs. Santini, who believes a good meal can solve anything. Finn Mac Cumhail, Tea's dark mysterious "cousin," provides a deliciously intense love interest. This strong new fantasy series will attract a solid fan base. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
VOYA - Hanna Forrester
Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have rescued Tea's and Aiden's father and have made it out of Mag Mell alive, bringing a few new friends with them. But the Dark Man's forces are hot on their heels. This gripping book will take readers down the path Teagan must face, filled with goblins, gorillas, romance, and little brothers. This book will leave readers wanting more, and they will reread it again and again to hold themselves over until the next book. 4Q, 4P. Reviewer: Hanna Forrester, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to Tyger, Tyger (Clarion, 2010), Teagan and her friends must cope with the aftermath of escaping from the Dark Man's forces as well as new dangers. As she picks up the pieces of her life, Teagan begins a tentative relationship with goblin hunter Finn and struggles with her newly revealed goblin heritage. Though her Highborn goblin blood should call her to a life of darkness and violence, she wants to go to veterinary school and care for sick and abused animals. Meanwhile, the evil Fear Doirich is sending his agents from Mag Mell into the human world to tempt and torment her, and the plucky teen must fight to protect her loved ones. The rich melding of Irish folklore and fantasy is helped along by a charming (if somewhat overpopulated) cast and an easy, unforced spirituality, and fans of the first book will welcome the new adventures and fresh revelations in this installment.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews

The Wylltsons have barely escaped from the underworld of Mag Mell only to face a new threat to 5-year-old Aiden and to Teagan herself in this fantasy sequel to Tyger, Tyger (2010).

Faced with still more creatures who threaten and command, Teagan and "sexy beast" Finn (so called by Teagan's admiring co-worker), the not-quite "cousin" whose arrival set off the events of the first book, decide to take action on their own. Characters carry over from the opening episode, extending the humor and charm of that novel, while the introduction of several new characters—readers first meet the wily and manipulative Queen Mab, for instance—add interest to the plot and promise of the vigorous action to come.Hamilton is a wizard at creating tension, building on characters' strengths and weaknesses until the plot really takes off. The neighborhood and forest behind the library, where they leave the Chicago streets to enter Mag Mell (loosely based on Irish folklore), are described in detail and convey a feeling of familiarity. The straightforwardness of the story and spurts of humor arising from situations and characters will sustain readers' interest and keep them involved.

Teagan has a plan for what comes next; fans will have a hard time waiting for her to bring it on. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547853499
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Goblin Wars Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 984,456
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. She has worked as a ranch hand, a woodcutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor. Now, when she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands of New Mexico. The Goblin Wars books are her first novels for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit www.kerstenhamilton.com.

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Part I: Lhiannon—Sídhe

One
Teagan Wylltson blinked and tried to focus on her five-year-old brother, Aiden. His best friend, Lennie—a pudgy, pimpled eighteen-year-old—was holding him up so that he could see Teagan’s perch on the roof of the porch. Lucy, the sprite who had taken up residence in her brother’s hair, was zipping excitedly around his head.

“Come quick! Thomas is growing feathers!” Aiden yelled again.

“The man’s shape-shifting,” Finn said. He had taken her hand to pull her to her feet, and he hadn’t let go. Every molecule in her was suddenly vibrating at a higher rate, and webs of electricity spread over her entire body. It felt good. Really good. But it did make it hard to focus.

“Where’s Mamieo, then?” Finn asked.

“She was sitting beside him when I went through the living room,” Teagan said, dropping his hand and stepping away.

Focusing would be a good thing right now. Finn’s grandmother hadn’t been happy when they’d dragged a wounded shape shifter out of Mag Mell, but she’d promised not to harm the creature—so long as he didn’t do anything unnatural.

“Do you think she’ll consider this—”

“Unnatural? I’m sure of it.”

“She wouldn’t—”

“Do away with the creature?” Finn rubbed his chin with the two good fingers of his wounded hand. “I doubt it. But I’d best go check on them just the same. Thomas might be needing some help.”

“Finn,” Teagan said, as he turned away. She glanced over to make sure Lennie had put Aiden down. He had. “I do love you.”

Finn turned back, grinning. “I know it.”

“But I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it, either. I meant it when I said that I’m still headed for Cornell. I’m not giving that up.”

“You didn’t think I’d go along with you? That’s why you were crying?”

Teagan shook her head. “I didn’t believe you could love me. I was going to get over it, and get on with my plans.”

“That’s just like you. Sticking to the plan.”

“Not this time. You turned my world upside down, Finn Mac Cumhaill. If Cindy hadn’t fallen for Oscar at first sight, I wouldn’t have been thinking about—”

“Why are you guys still talking?” Aiden yelled.

“Just one more minute, boyo,” Finn called over the edge, then turned back to Teagan.

“Cindy and Oscar? Your monkeys?”

“Chimpanzees are apes,” Teagan said automatically. “And they don’t belong to me—I just work with them. They shouldn’t belong to the zoo, either. They should belong to themselves. That’s what I’m working for. That’s why it’s important that I go to Cornell. So maybe you and I should wait until things settle down a bit—”

“Tea.” Finn looked grim. “Things are not going to settle. Your relations have come calling.”

“You mean the goblins.”

“And the Travelers. There’s never going to be peace between them. And your family’s in the middle of it.”

“Are you guys kissing? ” Aiden shouted.

“Not yet.” Finn cocked an eyebrow and lowered his voice so only Teagan could hear. “But I can’t wait to get to it.”

“’Cause Mamieo said to hurry!”

Finn touched Teagan’s face, then turned and jumped, catching the lamppost next to the house with his good hand. She stepped to the roof’s edge to watch him swing around it as he dropped. She’d been coming out onto the porch roof since she was little, but her stomach still felt tight if she stood too close to the edge. She would never just throw herself off it like that. Finn landed lightly in the patch of frost-yellowed grass between the sidewalk and the street, then grinned up at her.

Kissing. Teagan pressed her hands into her stomach to stop the trembling, which was threatening to spread to her knees.

“Come on, girl.” Finn lifted his arms. “Jump down. You’re just the right size for catching.”

“Uh-uh.” Teagan took a step back. “Not while you have a hurt hand.”

“Well, then, could you bring my duct tape down with you?”

“Sure.”

Aiden started for the door.

“Finn—” Teagan began, but he had already caught her brother by the collar.

“Not so fast, there,” Finn said as Aiden tried to wiggle away.

“I want to know what’s happening,” Aiden said.

“Thomas is growing feathers.” Lennie sounded worried. “Like a bird. That’s what.”

Lennie couldn’t see Lucy and the other the creatures of Mag Mell who were only half present in this creation. But there were some unearthly creatures that were fully present in any of the worlds of the multiverse—angels, Highborn, and Fir Bolg—that even people without second sight could see. And watching a shape shifter transform would give Lennie nightmares.

“I’ll take care of it,” Finn assured him. “But I’ll be needing two brave men to stand guard out here. Do you know where I might find them?”

“We’re brave.” Aiden stopped wiggling, and tipped his head as if he were listening. “Yep,” he said. “There are bad guys coming. We’ll fight them!”

Finn glanced up at Teagan, and she shrugged. Aiden had been saving the world from imaginary bad guys daily since they escaped from Mag Mell, sometimes by singing them away, and sometimes defeating them with stick swords and rocks.

“We will?” Lennie looked worried.

“I fought bad guys before,” Aiden assured him. “I’ll show you how.” Lucy had decided the show was over and had settled into his hair again. She always played along with Aiden’s imaginary battles.

“All right,” Lennie agreed.

Finn looked at Teagan again, and she nodded.

“You two stay right here, then,” he said, “until Teagan can walk you across the street to Lennie’s house. Got it?”

Finn disappeared onto the porch beneath her, leaving both Aiden and Lennie looking up at her expectantly.

“Jump, Tea-gan,” Lennie said. “I can catch you. I don’t have a hurt hand.”

“Thank you, Lennie,” Teagan said. “But I’m going back in through the window. You wait there like Finn said.” She wiped her tears on the back of her sleeve. Her eyes were swollen, and her nose felt like a blob. She picked up the roll of tape.

“Aiden. Come to us.”

Teagan froze. She knew that voice, and it made her hair stand on end. She stepped as close to the edge of the roof as she dared.

“Lennie!” Aiden said. “The cat-sídhe are here!”

“What’s a cat-sídhe?” Lennie looked around. “Are they the bad guys?”

“Yep,” Aiden said. “They’re the kind you can’t see.”

“I hate that kind.” Lennie picked up a stick and swung at the air.

Teagan was glad Lennie couldn’t see the creatures on the far side of the street. He would have had nightmares for months. At first glance, they looked like large housecats. Dirty, diseased housecats that stood upright. But if you looked closer, you’d notice that their mouths and hands were almost human. Bare skin showed in mangy patches through their filthy fur. The bigger one’s ears hung in tatters. Maggot Cat. The last time she’d seen him he’d flicked maggots picked from his rotting flesh at her. The wound on his stomach didn’t seem to be open, but even from this distance his bare abdomen still looked swollen. The cat-sídhe beside him was younger, and Teagan had seen it before, too. It looked like it had been sleeping in an oil pan. Both of them had hunted Teagan, Aiden, and Finn through the streets of Chicago. The cat goblins were always causing the Irish Travelers trouble and grief.

“Aiden, is Finn already inside?” Teagan asked.

“Ah, ah!” The smaller cat-sídhe pointed up at her. “Teagan!”

“Teagan!” Maggot Cat commanded. “Step down.”

Her left foot moved a half an inch closer to the roof’s edge.

“No!” Teagan said, as much to her own leg as to the goblin.

“Yessssss!” Maggot Cat said.

They can do that, Finn had told her, the first time the goblin creatures had tried to control her body. The cat-sídhe could move some people’s muscles just for a second—long enough for a car to swerve into a pedestrian if you were driving, or for you to step in front of a train. Long enough to ruin your life. But you could learn to resist them, if you focused.

“Bones,” the smaller cat-sídhe yowled. “Marr-ow! Marr-ow!”

“I heard something scary,” Lennie said. “Like a whisper in my head.”

“That’s their voices,” Aiden explained. “Don’t listen.” Cat-sídhe voices had never had any effect at all on Aiden, but Lennie was a different matter.

“Lennie.” Maggot Cat tipped his head, looking at Lennie. “We know your name.”

“Shut up!” Aiden said.

Teagan flinched. Sídhe creatures had more power to bend you to their will if they knew your name.

Lennie looked around wildly. “Where are they, little guy?”

“Leave him alone,” Teagan said.

“Step down now!” Maggot Cat focused on her again. Her right foot moved a fraction of an inch, despite her focus.

“Leave my sister alone!” Aiden yelled, and Lucy came out of his hair like an angry hummingbird.

“Ssssprite!” Maggot Cat hissed.

Sprites were cat-sídhe’s favorite food—at least in Mag Mell. Lucy zipped toward them. Though Teagan was too far away to see it, she was sure the sprite had pulled her tiny bone knife out of the sheath on her thigh.

“Ah! Dibs!” The smaller cat-sídhe leaped into the air, trying to catch her. “Dibs!”

“Leave my Lucy alone, too!” Aiden started after her.

“No!” Lennie caught his collar. “We’re not supposed to cross the street without permission, little guy!”

“Hold on to him, Lennie,” Teagan called. Lucy was fluttering too close to the cat-sídhe’s claws.

She hefted the roll of duct tape. All she needed was a distraction until she could get off the roof. Cat-sídhe were not particularly brave. If she threw it hard enough to hit the wall above them, it might do the trick. The sprite could avoid the tape; she was designed for aerial combat.

A minivan blocked her line of sight for a moment, but as soon as it passed, Teagan threw the roll hard, aiming at the brick wall above the cat-sídhe. Lucy saw the tape coming and banked to the left, through the path of the tape. Maggot Cat twisted in the air, trying to follow her.

“No!” Teagan gasped as the tape hit him, knocking him head over tail.

“Yes!” Aiden cheered. “You got him!”

Teagan reached the drainpipe before Maggot Cat could catch his breath, grabbed onto the cold metal, and kicked the toes of her tennis shoes into the trumpet vine that wound around it.

“Ah, ah, let go, Teagan,” the smaller cat-sídhe called.

“Get ’em, Lucy!” Aiden shouted.

Whatever the sprite did stopped the second cat-sídhe in mid-yowl. Teagan scrambled halfway down the pipe, then jumped to the sidewalk.

“I’m down, Lucy!” she called. The sprite zipped back to Aiden.

Blood dripped from the smaller creature’s arm and shoulder where Lucy’s blade had connected. It licked at it, trying to stop the bleeding. Maggot Cat leaned against the brick wall, panting. The duct tape had hit him hard enough to burst the swelling on his stomach. He pressed his hands against it, but pus oozed over his stubby fingers.

“You better run,” Aiden said as Lucy settled into his hair, her eyes still flashing. “My sister’s going to get you.” Maggot Cat flattened his ears and hissed.

“Who is Tea-gan going to get?” Lennie’s eyes were wild.

Teagan glanced at her front door. There was no screaming, so she assumed Finn had the situation under control. But she still couldn’t send Lennie inside without knowing what was happening in there. She was going to have to take him to his own house—across the street, where the cat-sídhe were.

“You need to go play at Lennie’s house, Aiden,” Teagan said, taking the stick from Lennie.

“But I want to—”

Teagan gave him the look.

“Okay.”

“Wait. Shake the candy out of your hair. Like you’re putting in shampoo.” Lucy had peeled M&M’s in her nest on Aiden’s head. Lennie might believe it was the work of Aiden’s own personal tooth fairy, but Mrs. Santini certainly wouldn’t.

Tea kept an eye on the cat-sídhe while Aiden leaned over and ruffled his hair with both hands. Red, green, and yellow bits of candy shell fell like confetti onto the sidewalk. When it either was gone or had settled to his scalp, Aiden took Lennie’s hand, and Teagan walked them across the street, staying between them and the goblin cats, who were edging closer. She waited until the boys were safely inside and the Santinis’ door was shut.

“I’m sorry,” Teagan said to the cat-sídhe. “I was aiming for the wall.”

“You missed,” the small cat-sídhe pointed out.

Maggot Cat flattened his ears and hissed again.

Their voices had less power over her when she wasn’t in a situation where one move could be fatal. It was as if fear gave them that tiny bit of control they needed to cause a disaster. If she hadn’t already been afraid of the drop, they wouldn’t have been able to move her toward the edge of the roof.

“You’re sick.” Teagan took a step toward them. “I’ll help you if you’ll let me. I’ve had a lot of experience with sick or injured”—she almost said animals—“creatures. If you come with me to the clinic . . .”

“Fear says to bring Aiden,” Maggot Cat said. “Bring Aiden to him.”

Blood in Aiden’s curls, and white bone shards. It was the image Fear Doirich, the Dark Man, had spoken into her mind in Mag Mell. She could see it if she closed her eyes.

“That’s not going to happen,” Teagan said.

“Keeee-yill.” The smaller cat-sídhe’s lower jaw started to jitter. Teagan had seen a housecat do the same thing when it made a ch-ch-ch sound imitating the call of a baby bird to trick the mother into coming closer. “Keeee-yill, keeee-yill!”

Maggot Cat slashed at him, claws out, and the smaller cat leaped back.

“Bring Aiden to him, and Fear will let you live. He still wants you. Bring Aiden to him.”

“I told you, that’s not going to happen,” Teagan repeated. “And I know he can’t come out and get us. There’s an angel guarding the way.”

“Keee—” The smaller cat began, but clapped his paws over his mouth when Maggot Cat narrowed his eyes.

Teagan started toward the cat-sídhe, but the creatures backed away from her, then flattened themselves, seemingly dislocating every joint as they squeezed through a gap barely wider than their skulls in the neighbor’s fence.

Teagan glanced at the Santini house. Mrs. Santini had gone to New York to visit a cousin in the Bronx a few years back, and had come away with a healthy respect for rats. There wouldn’t be a gap big enough for a mouse to squeeze through in her home, much less a cat-sídhe. Aiden and Lennie were watching from the front window.

Stay there, Teagan told Aiden using American Sign Language. She’d had no idea how useful teaching him ASL would turn out to be.

Aiden frowned.

I mean it. She picked up the roll of duct tape, and the foul-smelling smear the cat-sídhe’s wound had left on it made her stomach knot.

Her little brother had wanted to kill Fear Doirich and Kyle when they’d had them helpless in Mag Mell.

“They’re really bad guys,” Aiden had said. “We should smash them with rocks like they were going to smash me.”

She’d been the one who’d said no. She’d wanted to get her family out of Mag Mell and home again. And killing Fear Doirich and Kyle had felt . . . wrong. She’d listened to that feeling, because Fear Doirich was bound and gagged.

Yet, not an hour later, she’d fed Ginny Greenteeth to the hellhounds to save her own life. It had been . . . useful.

You can curl up and die of regret and sorrow for what you’ve done. Or—

She would never do it again. She’d never let the Highborn come out the way it had in Mag Mell. Highborn were cold and calculating, born to violence, gifted in war. No matter what she’d inherited from her mother’s twisted family, she would choose to be like her dad. John Wylltson was a lover, not a fighter. Teagan took a deep breath, then went back across the street and up the steps to her own front door.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Next book in the Goblin Wars Trilogy, leads us to want the 3rd

    Teagan is upset with what she learned of her mothers family (in Tyger Tyger) and what it might mean to her and Finn. When Finn comes to talk to her and reassure her things get crazy quickly in the full house of the Wylltsons'. Thomas starts sprouting feathers and cat-sidhe appear. The cat-sidhe want Aiden. As Fear Doirich wants Aiden. Mamieo doesn't like Thomas because he's a highborn, Roisin (Teagan's Aunt) is mad at her love, her father is still trying to get his memories back and straight. Oh and the social worker is coming around too. All craziness and then the goblins come back into their lives with threats to Teagan and she starts to change after a lick from Kyle. A war is on it's way...

    We start exactly where Tyger Tyger left off, Teagan's crying on the roof and Finn climbing the drain pipe to talk to her. Finn captures my heart once again at the get go here. Finn has turned Teagan's plans around, though she still wants to follow them, they now have a boyfriend attached somewhere in there.

    We see all the same characters again in this book. I do like the extra background Thomas, the shape-shifter, brings to the family of the goblin world Mag Mell. It was his home and he is a highborn so he knows a great deal. We can't forget about Lucy the spirit living in Aidens' hair. Aiden gets to try a few new things with his special gift of song as well. Nice to see, and I hope to see more of him in the future. So many different characters and personalities in one house, it's funny from time to time.

    Another wonderful YA book that I would hand over not needing the adults to read first. But I would say do read it for the fun and wonderful writing it is. This book went quickly for me as well. I love the Celtic lore tangled into the story and I get a little feel of a fairy land as well. That is one of the things that drew me into the first story as well. I really enjoy this mix. This book seems a little slower at first, but we need to get the setting set and the characters defined as everyone is growing and changing, which is wonderfully done with keeping us attracted to the book. Then the action picks up and leaves you desiring the third book of the trilogy.

    I strongly suggest giving the Goblin Wars Trilogy a try. It's a wonderful read and you wont be disappointed. If you enjoy fairy type books, this goblin based trilogy could very much be for you.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    I absolutely love this series!  The blend of Celtic mythology wi

    I absolutely love this series!  The blend of Celtic mythology with a contemporary time and place has created a world that borders on reality.  The author takes the fantasy beasts and creatures of Mag Mell and brings them out of their realm and into Chicago in such a way that it feels like it could be a true possibility.  From time to time throughout this book and the last, she mentions those little shadows and glimpses that we all get from time to time and attributes them to those things like the cat sidhe... those things that we can't see but just may be there, lurking just out of our sight.

    There is a fairly large cast of characters, all of whom contribute to the story.  There is Teagan and Finn, her BFF Abby and her little brother Aiden, Thomas and Aint Roisin, Mameio and her father, The cat sidhe Grendel and the sprite Lucy.  This is a hefty cast, especially when you add in all of the other supporting characters, but they all have their place in the story... and in the Wylltson household!

    Teagan goes through a lot of personal growth in this book as her previously dormant goblin blood comes to the surface.  Goblin she may be, but her heart is human and that is what she strives for.  Part of what makes her so endearing is her compassion and need to care for others.  We really see that in this book, in her attempts to care for her brother, for Abby, her father, and through her job at the zoo.

    Finn is also a star in this book!  He is the epitome of a great Book Boyfriend.  He's smart and capable, funny and supportive.  He loves Teagan, accepts her for who and what she is... which is a big thing in this case as she is a goblin and he is sworn to protect against her kind.    He loves her brother and is noble to the point of frustration in how he handles his feelings for Teagan, out of respect for her father.

    Things to love about In the Forests of the Night...

       --The folklore.  I love, LOVE, LOVE the folklore that is such a big part of the story.  I love how it is woven into the contemporary world of Chicago that they live in.
       --Cindy.  The scenes with Cindy in the zoo, with her interactions with her "boyfriend" and the doctor... hilarious!

    My recommendation:  A fantastically wonderful read that makes you wonder about those things just beyond your sight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    One of the best books ever!

    Had me on the edge of my seat! I could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    LOVE IT

    This is one of the best books you will ever read. A friend lended to me and I was laughing at Abby, crying at Finn and Teagon and saying, "Yeah buddy!" To Raynor. I could not put it down because it was so good. One of my all time favorite books ever. YOU NEED TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Beast Finn

    This is the best book ive ever read . Good book highly recommond reading.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    Gobblin' it up like a story-hungry goblin

    Tyger, Tyger was an unexpected delight, and it should come as no surprise that Kersten Hamilton continues the tradition with its sequel In The Forests Of The Night. This series rolls around in all the best ingredients to make an unforgettable read – charming, exciting, heart-breaking, game-changing, and all sorts of fun – I will be quite sad when this all ends because it will be like saying goodbye to a group of good friends.

    THE GOOD BITS
    {Characters} Teagan may be the star player, but she is more than willing to share the spotlight with her family and friends. Kersten Hamilton has developed such a colorful cast of characters who either have stories to tell or provide the comic relief in an otherwise dark book. More to the point, these characters felt so real that I can easily imagine their family dinner conversations and sense how strong their bond to each other was. I loved seeing all the old characters again and meeting the new ones who had enough charm to stand out on their own. It might sound strange, but these characters felt so much like family that I could not help but to love them like my own!

    {Teagan + Finn} These two are just too darn cute that I am glad that they don’t ever melt into a sickening gob of love. Instead, they seem perfectly able to function without the other – and they are both stubborn enough to not listen to each other’s protest of wanting to go into Mag Mell alone. I love every moment they teased each other because it demonstrates how sure-footed their relationship is. I don’t think anyone can break them apart, especially after this book where everyone – including Teagan herself – questions their love.

    THE BAD BITS
    {Waiting for Book 3 now!} Enough said.

    THE OVERALL
    In The Forests Of The Night definitely showcases Kersten Hamilton’s storytelling abilities. Not only does the story breathes to life a dark and dangerous mythology, it also provides a few moments of charm and comedy that make these characters unforgettable and all too lovable!

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Rich in magic, folklore, poetry, and romance

    I really loved the first book in this trilogy, Tyger Tyger, not only because of the story but also because of the inclusion of poetry and musical references. I was very excited to be back in this Celtic-infused world and revisit some great characters.

    In the Forests of the Night picks up shortly after Tyger, Tyger. Teagan is still trying to adjust to the news that she learned before, and this causes her to be much more cautious. Finn, however, is insistent that nothing has changed, and he wants to be with her as much as ever. But the problems associated with Mag Mell and Fear Doirich have not simply disappeared. Tea and especially Aiden are in as much danger as ever, but this time, they know exactly what they're up against. But Tea can only do so much to keep the goblins away from her family and friends, and soon she realizes that if she is going to defeat Fear Doirich she will have to take even more drastic action. In fact, she may have to give into the side of herself that she swore she never would...

    So much of this book focused on the characters themselves and developing their relationships. Teagan and Finn had some incredibly sweet moments, as did Thomas and Roisin. I also enjoyed the dialogue between Abby and Finn. Abby and especially her Turtle cousins did a great job of adding humor to the story. Once again, Aiden has to be one of the most adorable younger brothers there is. I wanted to reach into the book and hug him more than once. Aside from the characters, the danger and suspense were quite palpable in this book, as was Teagen's internal conflict. I really appreciated as she grew into her own and did what was needed to take care of those she cared about, including the chimps at the zoo (yes, even Cindy and Oscar are back). Throughout this book there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me reading right until the end.

    While I loved getting to know the characters better, I have to admit that I missed some of the world-building as well as the inclusion of poetry and music that was in the first book. In addition, I wished that there had been a bit more of a reminder about what had happened at the end of the first book; it took me some time to remember all of the details when I wanted to be immersed in the story instead.

    Both books of the Goblin Wars have to be two of the most inventive stories in YA right now, and they are both rich with folklore, magic, poetry, and romance. I cannot wait to see how everything comes together in the next book!

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    In the Forests of the Night

    Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it back to our world and out of Mag Mell - along with some friends and with some knowledge of Teagan's past that they all could have done without. The Dark Man is still on her trail, but is trying to be more persuasive, by trying to go after Teagan's friends and family. When the group finds themselves back in Mag Mell on a search to stop the growing goblin inside of her.

    While I enjoyed returning to Teagan's world again, I had a much harder time following this story than the first. There were more "main" characters, and they each had their own agenda. On the other hand, they each brought out a little more of the old mythology which I absolutely loved. This book seemed to fall into the trap that many second books in a series seem to do - it was more of a wrapping up of loose ends and setting the stage for more than a story that I could really get into. I'm hoping there's a third book still. I love Teagan, and all her family and friends, there just need to be a little less going on in the background.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    Really Great YA Series

    In the Forest of the Night by Kersten Hamilton is the second book in The Goblin Wars series. The First book, Tyger, Tyger really blew me away. So of course I was excited to read the next book in the series. In the Forest of the Night picks up virtually where Tyger, Tyger left off. Teagan is dealing with the knowledge of finding out who she really is and how it's going to affect the rest of her life. Her feelings for Finn are not helping either. She's a goblin while he's a goblin hunter really put wrench in the romance department. It also asks the question "which side should Teagan be fighting for?" I think Kersten Hamilton does great job with Teagan's character. Teagan has a lot of internal conflict in dealing with what she knows of goblins and who she really is.
    The first two-thirds of this novel doesn't have a lot of action going on. It's mostly dealing with the aftermath that happened in Tyger, Tyger. There are still a lot of things that have to be dealt with. One in particular is the pair of baddies that want Teagan's brother Aiden as well as a bunch of creepers who are keeping their sights on this group. Aiden has special abilities that the evil ones will stop at nothing to get. Teagan is very protective oven Aiden and will do anything to protect him.
    One thing that I absolutely love about this series is that even though Teagan and Finn are 'soulmates' she doesn't automatically throw everything away just to be with him. Teagan has hopes and dreams that she wants to accomplish. I think this makes her one of the stronger female protagonist in YA literature that I've seen in awhile. This book is full of interesting and amusing characters. I love Abby. I think she's hilarious. I also love Mamieo who is full of gumption.
    This series is a must read. It has Irish Folklore, star crossed lovers, humor, poetry, and Finn. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. This is a pretty clean book for ages 12 and up. There's a little kissing and two curse words.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

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    Second book in the Goblin Wars does not disappoint!!

    There was a lot of humor in the book and get ready because you know when I love a book I love to quote! Here's a conversation between Teagan and her father- "Mamieo cooked rumpledethump for dinner." "She made cooked cabbage and Aiden's still in the house?" "Yes. Dad, I just told you Thomas turned into a raven, and you didn't even blink." "I'm a librarian," Mr. Wylltson said. "We practice believing seven impossible things before breakfast." "Like rabbits with pocket watches?" "Like library funding will be available next year." (page 53) Such great characters, I just cannot express to you how much I love these characters. Teagan, is everything to everyone. She is protector to her brother, memory and healer to her father, best friends with Abby, possibly a girlfriend to Finn and savior to everyone else that she can be. What does she want? She still wants that plan she started out with in the first book, going to Cornell, but she'd like to fit Finn in it now. But how can the Mac Cumhaill be in love with a girl that's part Highborn? The romance is there chaste, but hot still. I don't know how Kersten does it, but it's definitely swoon worthy material. Then there's Finn himself, The Mac Cumhaill. He's protective, so sure of himself when it comes to killing anything that comes after Teagan and the only thing he's scared of is Mr. Wylltson, Teagan's "da'." (Love that accent!) And you know, a guy that can kill someone with a spoon, well, he has a right to be pretty sure of himself! And he always seems to know the right thing to say, making Teagan his equal, never a weak woman that has to be taken care of. He's strong, fierce yet sensitive but not in a fragile way at all. He just knows. That's the best way to describe it. And let me tell you something, if I was picking friends, Abby would be the first one I'd choose. She may not be able to see all the weird creatures from the "multiverse" but she can kill them and call in reinforcements! The Turtles, yes you read it right, Leo, Angel,Donnie and Rafe. And there is little Aiden who is so sweet he'd make you're teeth ache and so delicate it seems a strong wind would break him. But he's only fragile sometimes. Like when there's an EI around, an Elvis Impersonator. Or the evil Ms. Skinner. Otherwise, he is wise beyond his years and incredibly intuitive. Mamieo is one of the greatest senior citizens in all literature! She has conversations with "The Almighty" I highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Another great book!

    This book starts up pretty much where Tyger, Tyger left off, Teagan must deal with the knowledge of her bloodline. She is determined to keep her family and friends safe at all cost. Just as things seemed to be back to as normal as it can be for the Wylltson family. It's not like every family has a nasty little Maggot Cat following them around.


    Then one day Teagan's cousin shows up (a highborn sidhe) and does something to alter Teagan's DNA, trying to turn her more in to what he is. Kyle is trying to make sure she comes back to Mag Mell and wants her to bring her brother Aiden, to Fear Doirich.


    Teagan refuses to let Fear Doirich ruin her or her friends lives any more and decides to go back into Mag Mell and face him on her own, but she finds out in the end that things might now be how she thought they were, in which we are left wondering what will be happening in book 3.


    I loved Tyger, Tyger and was excited to be able to receive a eARC of In The Forest Of The Night. Kersten Hamilton has become one of my favorite authors! It starts out giving the reader a refresher in what happened at the end of Tyger, Tyger which I was grateful for because I will admit it I was a little foggy on how it ended since I have read a lot of books since then.


    I will admit I thought the beginning was a little slow as I was really wanting some good goblin action but that didn't come till the end of the book, but I really didn't find that it made the book run slow for me. I read this book fairly fast which is good for me since I am sort of a slow reader. I just really enjoy learning about Teagan's misfit family.

    Teagan is a very spirited character and a little on the stubborn side. She doesn't want to involve her family or Finn in anything to do with Mag Mell because she doesn't want to see them hurt. What she fails to see time and time again is that they are going to have her back no matter what and not telling them could get them in more trouble than telling them. I love the way she goes to great lengths to protect your younger brother, she is a great character.


    Finn, is as adorable as ever. He is very loyal with his love for Teagan and wanting to see her and her family safe. He doesn't care if he is a goblin hunter and she is part goblin. He always sees the good in her, like the way she takes care of all the creatures. Even when he doesn't like the fact that she wants to try and help the Maggot Cat, he can still see her love for nature. This is why he knows she couldn't ever be like Kyle. Which is something Teagan fears the most.


    One of my favorite secondary characters would have to be Abby, Teagan's best friend. She cracks me up sometimes with the things she says and does. Even though she can't see most of what Teagan is fighting she is willing to go into battle with her. She is a very loyal, trusting friend and someone you would want in your corner.


    Over all despite what might be considered a bit of a slow start, turns out into a great ending. The only thing I didn't like is the cliffhanger ending! You all know how that drives me crazy. So now I will be very eagerly anticipating the next book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    2nd book good as the first!

    Tyger Tyger was like watching an explosion of fireworks in the sky on July 4th. It was brilliant, it was bright, it was spectacular and it was loud. In The Forests Of The Night is like taking a long slow easy gondola ride. The world is already built, the characters are already introduced, most of the plot is already in place. Reading is simpler, you are more in tune in what is going on and more invested in your connection with the main characters and the parts that they play as the story progresses. It is fascinating to be able to pick up a book after reading the first one months and months before and feel so comfortable and so at ease with what is going on that you do not have to re-read anything to get yourself back in the same frame of mind you were whenever the first book ended. I truly believe that The Goblin War series, though intended for a young adult audience has a much wider appeal. It is something that a mother and a son, a father and a daughter, a brother and a sister can read together and enjoy. You can talk about the books with people of all ages and who doesn't like Fantasy? Who doesn't like two bright young people falling in love against the odds of what is going on around them and still being able to have a life with their family and still be able to carry on friendships outside of the realm of what they are actually involved in with the villains of the piece. The author Kersten Hamilton has created something that bridges the gap between childhood and adulthood. The books take you to a place in your mind that you would not have found if it were not for the authors imagination and skill at weaving such interesting tales. Reading both Tyger Tyger and In The Forest of The Night have given me more pleasure than fine wine or a piece of chocolate cake. Anything that you can think of that would be considered a simple pleasure like smelling a flower, watching a hummingbird drink nectar or even seeing a baby smile gives us joy. My greatest simple pleasure is reading and I truly thank the author for that pleasure, it has been a wonderful experience. When the series is finished with book three I still will have these reads on my bookshelves, and I can get them and revisit the characters as many times as I want. A book never expires, never loses its appeal and is always there to entertain when needed.

    If you ever read a first book in a new series and thought the second book could not be as good or better wait till you read this one! What are you waiting for pre-order a copy today, I did!

    [For the purposes of full disclosure this ARC was provided by the author via her publisher. The book was received in exchange for an honest review and I have not received any other compensation from the author or publisher other than the pleasure I derived from reading about the characters in the story.]

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    So, *so* good!

    One of the things I enjoyed so much about Tyger Tyger was the cast of characters, and in In the Forests of the Night we not only get more of the people we love (Finn), we meet great new characters. The romance between Finn and Tea was sweet-sigh worthy in book one. In book two it ramps up to butterflies-in-the-stomach, kicking-your-heels-and-giggling worthy! And there's at least one romance on the side. Finn says in the last chapter of Tyger Tyger, "You can stumble down that road, pretending you can't help it. You can curl up and die of regret and sorrow for what you've done. Or you can get up and fight, even though the battle may be lost." In In the Forests of the Night we get to see Tea battle this out. There are lots of laugh out loud moments that I read over and over. ? Do yourself a big favor and read this!

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