Monday, August 29, 2011
In the Forests of the Night, by Kersten Hamilton- Review and Trailer Contest
Now although I'm not Celtic, you can't grow up with a name like Rhiannon and not know at least some Celtic lore. It's a gorgeous area of mythology, rich with evil and darkness, Gods and legends, and sadly, totally out of fashion in fiction right now. Until Kersten Hamilton came along and crafted this fantastic Goblin Wars series for YA audiences. She's tapped into the lore and made something so contemporary and gripping that it's amazing it hasn't been done by someone else in YA fiction.
Book two picks up where Tyger Tyger left off. Teagan and Finn are absorbing the fact she's not what they thought, with a household full of escapees from Mag Mell swirling around them, each with their own issues. Fear Doirich has made it clear he's not done with Teagan and everyone is trying to settle into a somewhat "normal" life while this threat hovers over them. But can Raynor, Mamieo and the Mac Cumhaill protect them from the King of Goblins?
This book was more of a building block in some ways then the first story. There was less action and more character development and world building. It was decidedly less scary too. But what it lost in action and creepy crawlies it totally gained in personalities. I was endlessly entertained by the rivalry between Finn and Abby, and was tickled to see more of Abby's cousin's the Turtles. Although I loved her characters in book one, they are certainly more of a focus in book two, which has done them nothing but justice.
The set up for book three was especially intriguing and I'm now dying to see where these Goblin Wars are going to take it's readers.
In the Forest of the Night: The Goblin Wars, Book Two, by Kersten Hamilton
Published by Clarion Books, November 22, 2011
Pre-Order on Amazon
And make sure to check out Kersten's trailer contest for your chance to win a skype visit or cash prize for your school library!