Thursday, December 8, 2011

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars #2) by Kersten Hamilton.
Publisher: Clarion Books.
Pages: 288.
Source: Publisher.
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.

In the Forests of the Night, the sequel to the fantastic Tyger Tyger, was a perfect second installment to the series. There's something magical about the Goblin Wars books that makes it impossible to lump in with every other series, so it's odd that what I loved about this book is everything that normally agitates me about an average sequel. It's a bit more low-key, not nearly as action-packed as the first, and the rush of the story doesn't really begin until the last seventy pages or so. But for some reason, I loved it. A lot.

It might be the characters. These books have the most diverse cast of characters, ranging from humans to sprites to goblins to shapeshifters to walking cat creatures and so much more. And they're so, so lovable. I was so happy to see that their personalities never changed from the first book. Aiden's innocent quirkiness, Teagan's brave selflessness and Finn's sarcastic charm (and dreaminess *swoon*) are all present and accounted for, with some new friends as well!

As I said before, the action doesn't really begin until the end, but it didn't really bother me. Which is odd because that always bothers me. I think that's just because I was having so much fun with the characters and learning more about Fear Doirich and Mag Mell. And with all of the adventure that was crammed pack into Tyger Tyger, I wasn't really missing it in this book. I can already predict that the third book will be just as high on the energy as the first, though, so I'm sort of relieved for the breather!

Overall, In the Forests of the Night was definitely worth the wait and only made my love for the Goblin Wars series grow larger. It's full of fantastic characters, great fantasy, picturesque mythology and creepy creatures - a perfect read if you're in the mood for something action-packed and fast-paced! If you haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for? I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for In the Forests of the Night:
The Book Cellar.
Caught Between The Pages.
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile.
Bibliophilic Monologues.


  1. I haven't read either of these books yet, but I've definitely been meaning to. But it's definitely good to know that the sequel holds up to the awesomeness of the original, and that the characters are still compelling.

    Thanks for the review!


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