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When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears: The Goblin Wars, Book Three

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"Buy this novel for readers of Franny Billingsley and Dia Calhoun as well as fans of urban fantasy." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Tyger Tyger: The Goblin Wars, Book One

 

Locked doors are opening, and magical creatures are tumbling through mysterious portals from Mag Mell, the world-between-worlds, into the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, the romance between seventeen-year-old Teagan, who is part goblin, and the alluring bad boy ...

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Overview


"Buy this novel for readers of Franny Billingsley and Dia Calhoun as well as fans of urban fantasy." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Tyger Tyger: The Goblin Wars, Book One

 

Locked doors are opening, and magical creatures are tumbling through mysterious portals from Mag Mell, the world-between-worlds, into the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, the romance between seventeen-year-old Teagan, who is part goblin, and the alluring bad boy Finn Mac Cumhaill is heating up . . . which is awkward, to say the least, considering he is bound by a family curse to fight goblins his entire life. Celtic mythology, adventure, and paranormal romance fuse in the electrifying finale of the critically acclaimed Goblin Wars trilogy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters."
Kirkus, starred review
 
"Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with wonder, and uplift them in the end."
Booklist Online

"Endearing characters, fast-paced action, and an engaging heroine make this conclusion to the [Goblin Wars] trilogy another good read for fans."
School Library Journal

From the Publisher

"Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with wonder, and uplift them in the end."
Booklist Online

"This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters."
Kirkus, starred review

From the Publisher
"This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters." Kirkus, starred review
 
"Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with wonder, and uplift them in the end." Booklist Online
VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
Book Three opens with Tea and Finn standing over Kyle's body just as the police arrive at the high school. Tea quickly binds Kyle to Isabeau, and Finn's iron knife sends them both back to Mag Mell before Officer Fiorella opens the classroom door. The death of Mab's son only underscores Tea's vow to declare war on the fairy queen, but victory will come at a tragic price. Meanwhile, Raynor's angelic powers incinerate the park to seal the doorway to Mag Mell but dark creatures have already breached the gate near the library. Finn and Tea arrive home to see Dump Dogs eating Maggot Cat's carcass on Tea's doorstep. Mamieo dies trying to save Aiden and Tea's dad, who holds the dark forces at bay with a song while Tea, Aiden, and Finn steal back into Mag Mell to finish off Mab and restore the realm. This book begins with a bang, mercilessly throwing the reader back into the action before proceeding at a slow simmer until the chilling climax. Mag Mell's villains are vicious and cruel. Both Mamieo's and Mr. Wylltson's deaths occur unexpectedly, leaving Tea and Aiden stunned just as they must prepare to battle Mab's darkest minions. The main characters are realistic and engaging but the plethora of minor characters may require some review. Although librarians will applaud the multitude of literary allusions, they may be lost on most teens. This final battle and ultimate victory provide a very satisfying end to the trilogy. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This third entry in the fantasy series finds 17-year-old Teagan Wylltson at the scene of a goblin's demise in the high school cafeteria. The series is set in modern-day Chicago, but the story is based on ancient Irish myths and legends. Tea declares war on the Queen of the Sídhe and is joined by her cousin/boyfriend, Irish Traveler Finn, and five Italians. There is a host of other characters, some of them otherworldly and whom only she and a few select individuals can see. This battle involves the Mag Mell, a world between worlds. Tea has to find a way to protect her family while destroying the evil that threatens to ruin her world. Endearing characters, fast-paced action, and an engaging heroine make this conclusion to the trilogy another good read for fans.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews
This final installment in the Goblin Wars fantasy trilogy is a corker! The quest of the Wylltson family concludes with unrelenting suspense and a neat (but not pat) resolution. The book opens in Teagan's high school cafeteria, where she declares war on Queen Mab. Protected by the magic of the dying faerie world, Mag Mell, Teagan, Aiden and Finn are on their way to the final confrontation, while their family and friends in Chicago defend our Earth. Depth of characterization is a great strength: Each person's motivation is clear and brings believability to the narrative. Tension builds exponentially with each discovery, near-capture and skirmish. The war between humans and goblins is not pretty: There's a lot of bloodletting and dying, and not all of it is on the side of the goblins. Hamilton balances this dark content with snappy dialogue and the humorous juxtaposition of the mundane artifacts of the 21st century against the magic of the Sidhe. And although the resolution is ultimately satisfying, some well-loved characters do not survive. The author has her own take on Irish mythology, which she sustains with worldbuilding and the consistent nature of magic in both worlds. This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547739649
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 812,135
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author



Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many novels, including the acclaimed YA paranormal trilogy The Goblin Wars. When she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. For more about Kersten, please visit www.kerstenhamilton.com.
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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    This is one of those series that I am truly sad to see go.  I tr

    This is one of those series that I am truly sad to see go.  I truly fell in love with The Goblin Wars... the characters, the story, the mythology.  I am sad that it is over, but it ended beautifully.
    I really have enjoyed the writing style the author used for these books, especially in the dialogue.  I realize that the same thing that I love about it is something that often annoys others.  There is a bit of a frenetic pace to it, with seemingly random bits flying back and forth.  But I think this fits perfectly with a household that is chock full of people and Mag Mell creatures.  That doesn't make for a calm, quiet, and ordered household and the dialogue adds flavor to the chaos that that must be.

    The characters in these books were especially vibrant and unique in their own ways.  Even those that you didn't necessarily love, they had their good points.  And the opposite was true as well, making them all a bit more relatable.  The Turtles, somewhat Mafioso in their lifestyles, were among my favorites of the supporting cast of characters.  They were often hilarious and their matter-of-fact Mafioso ways applied to the paranormal was really fun.  And Jing, Jing who was not so secretly crushing on Abby.  I loved his acceptance, his humor, his willingness to help.  He provided some great down-to-earth humor.

    There was sadness in this book, more so than in the others.  Characters we weren't supposed to like died, but so did some we hav come to love.  There were also times when feelings about various characters began to change... starting to care about those we hadn't and starting to dislike those we previously loved.

    Things to love about When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears...

       --The characters.  As I said before, there were some for whom, over the course of the book, my feelings changed.  That kept it interesting.
       --The deep dive into the mythology and characters of Mag Mell.

    My recommendation:  A beautiful ending to a wonderful series!  A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Beautiful

    Substantive and engaging work like this is rare. Beautifully done.

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