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

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

by Kersten Hamilton

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“Hamilton is a wizard at creating tension.” –Kirkus Reviews
 
The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will seventeen-year-old Teagan Wylltson be on? Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have escaped Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are on their heels. Teagan knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be 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 the Teagan who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick. Elements of Celtic mythology, suspense, and romance make this a spellbinding sequel to Tyger Tyger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547853499
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Goblin Wars Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 800,809
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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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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In the Forests of the Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
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.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
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!
epicrat More than 1 year ago
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!
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
darlingdumpling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the Forests of the Night is an interesting juxtaposition between the fantasy-land of Mag Mell and the real world. Teen protagonist Teagan comes from a long line of Irish magic, which displays itself throughout the story as cat-spirits and bat-creatures emerge from beyond the human realm and Teagan¿s family puts them back in their place. Tea and her family and friends use current technology and act like typical teens, though they speak in a distinct Irish dialect, sometimes even in old Gaelic.As a stand-alone, this book is difficult to read, due to a lack of character development and context. There are references to Mag Mell and it¿s distinct character as well as past events that must have occurred in the first book in the series. Readers will have a hard time imagining these places, people and events without reading the first Goblin Wars book as there isn¿t much recap. That said, if the first book is owned, this book would be a recommended purchase as well. Fantasy lovers may wish for a little more of the fantasy realm and less of the day-to -day human interactions that cause this book to have a slower start. It is, however, full of magical beings and puts the library in a great light- Tea¿s dad is a librarian and the entrance to Mag Mell is on library grounds.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another excellent story by Kersten Hamilton. I like her focus on Irish Mythology and I really love the family relationships in this story - no matter how unconventional the family might be. Teagan, Aiden and Finn have made it back alive from Mag Mell with Mr. Wylltson and a few other characters too. Tea and Aiden's Aunt Roisin and the goblin Highborn Thomas has come too. We get to see her choosing to be the kind of person she wants to be. She is thrown, at first, when she discovers that she has goblin blood and fears that she will become a cruel and heartless goblin herself. Luckily, she has the love and support of Finn. She has to battle the evil Fear Doirich in order to keep her family and friends safe. The tension and the adventures that she has in the Mag Mell are the main focus of this book as she goes to find a way to defeat Fear Doirich.There are a number of wonderful secondary characters in this story. I love Tea's little brother Aiden and her best friend Abby. Abby is a true friend and has a unique viewpoint that always adds to the story. Aiden is a sweet child who has unexpected and wonderful gifts. Finn's grandmother Mamieo and his guardian angel Raynor Schein add a bunch of depth to this story. And even the evil Ms. Skinner from Social Services adds some conflict and tension from the human side of the story.The many unique goblin characters add a richness. I found the sluagh and the Maggot Cat to be particularly creepy. The pookhas that Tea and Finn encounter in Mag Mell were also examples of the creatures from Irish Myth that made their way into this story. I recommend this story both as a romance and as a wonderful fantasy using less common fantasy tropes. I loved the language, tension, and touches of humor that this story had.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's not the fastest paced tale out there, but there are so many things I enjoy about this book that spending the first two-thirds on the set-up was totally ok with me. What I liked:1) the humorWas the first book this funny? I think I need to re-read it, because I laughed lot in this one. "I'm a librarian," Mr. Wylltson said. "We practice believing six impossible things before breakfast." "Like rabbits with pocket watches?" "Like library funding will be available next year."2) the character relationships and the developing romance between Teagan and FinnI loved how Teagan kept reminding Finn that just because she loves him, she's not giving up college or her dreams for him, and how Finn completely accepts and supports that decision. I also love how Teagan's father handles their relationship: "Tea," he said, taking his hand away. "I know you think you love Finn. And he thinks he loves you. But love is something that grows. You've really only known each other for a few weeks. He's a fine young man, and very serious about this. But walk together a little longer before you decide about something like marriage. A lifetime is a long time to be together." "What if it's not?" "Ah." Mr. Wylltson was quiet for a long moment. "You have to live each day as if you are creating the future, Tea. As if what you do will last."3) Choices and becomingThis is maybe just a personal thing, but I get annoyed with a lot of the predestination/fate stuff in PNR/UF because it so often seems like a cop out, an excuse not to try or compromise or make a commitment to anything. This theme that Ms. Hamilton develops, of making choices, just delighted me: Teagan admitted "I hate it. I hate what I've done. But I've started down that path, haven't I? It's in my blood." "You've got choices, like any other creature," Finn said. "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 might be lost." ... "There's no such thing as 'destiny,' Abigail. Just becoming. Choosing to become what you were created to be, or choosing to walk away from it." ... "Even Choirboy says Thomas is a bad guy".... "I've no doubt of it," Mamieo agreed. "But I should have considered not only what he's been, but what he's becoming, shouldn't I? And what part I have in that."
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh I was so happy to receive an ARC of this second book in the Goblin Wars trilogy! And sometimes, second books disappoint, but this one didn't. Now, I'll say right now, if you didn't read TYGER,TYGER, there are SPOILERS in this review that will ruin it for you. You've been warned.People had problems with how the death of Teagan and Aiden's mother was handled in Tyger, Tyger. I did not. She died. I wanted the rest of the story. I didn't want to read a book about the year they spent grieving for her and how hard it was on them. Of course it was! I'm not stupid, I can fill that part in with my imagination. I wanted the revenge part. That's why I had no problem when the story picked up a year into the future and life was going on just as you would expect after the death of their mother. This second book delves into the grief a little more. There are touching moments between Teagan and her dad where he is trying to remember or remind himself that his wife, the mother of his children is dead. Fear Doirich stole those memories from him while he wandered Mag Mell in Tyger, Tyger. And angry moments when the evil social worker, Ms. Skinner brings up the death of their mother, knowing how it affects Aiden and he stops singing (Cruella de Ville, a very appropriate song). Some moments made me misty eyed even.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" like the one I'm going to quote to you now"I spent the whole night complaining to The Almighty that you'd dragged a damned lbiannon-sidhe home with you; you and that aingeal.""And what did the Almighty say?""He
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Two of The Goblin Wars Series, steeped in Irish mythology, is not a standalone book either on the front end or the back end. Rather, it seems a transition from the first to the third, an interlude during which we spend more time with the characters and get to know them better. (And I have no complaints on that score ¿ they are a delight.) Not a lot new happens in this book, except that Teagan is deliberately infected by her evil goblin cousin Kyle with his own genetic material so that she will be more goblin and less Milesian. [Teagan is the mixed blood granddaughter of Maeve (Queen Mab¿s sister) and Amergin, the Milesian poet (figures from Irish mythology).] In other words, Kyle is trying to bring Teagan over to "the dark side."Again, Teagan struggles with exerting her free will to be what she feels she was meant to be, rather than what others would have her be. But now that she is even more goblin-esque, her task is more challenging as well. Warring within her are a martial hunting instinct and a knack for compassion. ¿There is no such thing as destiny,¿ her boyfriend Finn argues. ¿Just becoming. Choosing to become what you were created to be, or choosing to walk away from it.¿Teagan knows this well from her mother, who taught her the poem of Gerald Manley Hopkins, ¿As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame,¿ which in part reads:"Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;Selves ¿ goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,Crying What I do is me: for that I came.¿Hopkins means that each individual being has an essential nature, and it is the spark of God. He wrote in his Notebooks at p. 342, ¿All things therefore are charged with love, are charged with God and if we know how to touch them give off sparks and take fire, yield drops and flow, ring and tell of him.¿ The purpose of being then, is to strive for moral perfection and to become one¿s ¿highest¿ self, so as to reveal God¿s immanence in the world. The conclusion of the poem reads:"I say more: the just man justices;Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;Acts in God¿s eye what in God¿s eye he is ¿Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not hisTo the Father through the features of men¿s faces.¿It should be noted that Hamilton¿s theology is never as overt as this. She, for example, does not quote the end of Hopkins¿ poem. But she gives us hints through the centrality of poetry and song to her story, and through the particular poems she selects as themes, especially William Blake¿s ¿Tyger Tyger,¿ the first stanza of which is:"Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye,Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"Note that the title of the first two books of this series are taken from this poem. Blake famously goes on to ask:"When the stars threw down their spearsAnd water¿d heaven with their tears: Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee?"Again Hamilton is pointing out through verse that God has put both evil and goodness into the world. But in her second book she seems to be making more of a stand: you can still choose. (Indeed, the stanza immediately above refers to the scene in John Milton¿s ¿Paradise Lost¿ after the angels win the holy war in heaven after Satan¿s revolt against God. Satan too, had free will, and made a choice.) In Book Two, after Teagan is infected with Kyle¿s DNA, so that she becomes less bard and more goblin, she is able to ¿bilocate,¿ which means she can leave her body and go into the mythical realm of Mag Mell. Her spirit form has tiger eyes, and the tiger part of her nature becomes more salient. (Like Blake, Hamilton chooses to illustrate the essence of the tiger in both physical and moral dimensions.) And yet, Tea insists she not be called the nickname ¿Tiger¿ and is clearly waging a powerful battle with her own ins
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT starts off right were TYGER TYGER left off. I would not recommend starting with book 2 if your new to the series as you will miss a lot of back story. Teagan, Finn and Aiden are back at home and trying to digest all of what they have learned in Mag Mell while also caring for their new house guests. Book 2 has all of the characters from book 1 in it with a few additions to the cast. Through some unfortunate events Teagan once again finds herself traveling back to Mag Mell to save those she loves. The world that these stories take place in are filled with imagination and adventure. The descriptions pop out of the book and you will have no issues picturing the places as you read about them. The story flows and is easy to follow. The characters are once again engaging and full of personality. There is a little bit of action as well as some development in Teagan and Finn's budding relationship. There is some great set up that gets you interested in reading book 3. Any fan of TYGER TYGER will get right back into the mix and I would gladly recommend the series to anyone into Irish folklore/Goblin type books.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 OVERALLIn 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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Had me on the edge of my seat! I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ive ever read . Good book highly recommond reading.
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BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
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!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
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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Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
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!