Tyger Tyger

Tyger Tyger
(Goblin Wars #1)
by Kersten Hamilton
Release date: November 15, 2010
Publisher: Clarion Books
304 pages. ARC.
Rating: 4/5

Teagan Wylltson thinks her best friend, Abby is joking. But Abby swears that she’s psychic. And she’s dreamed that horrifying creatures–goblins, shapeshifters, shadows, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting her best friend. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried.  Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems. Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins too… and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn has survived alone on the streets since he was twelve, so he knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

I’ve seen this on so many blogs. When I first read the synopsis, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Luckily, right after I joined NetGalley I noticed they had it. This book is a little different from what I normally read. It’s not like other urban fantasy books. Usually, goblins and the creatures of this book are saved for pure fantasy books. I’m excited to see them written into our world.

The most interesting thing about this book is the fact that it’s drawn from old Celtic stories. Hamilton takes old Irish myths and weaves a story with them. Different people tell Teagan the stories of the past in the goblin world. Those are some of my favorite scenes. It really makes for an original story. I’m excited to see where Hamilton will take it. She handled the plot and suspense elements well in this book, and I hope that trend continues in the next.

In the beginning, I couldn’t find a theme. It was mostly background information and setting up a situation. Toward the end, there’s a theme of choice. We choose who we are by the paths we take. Teagan has to wrestle with a decision she’s made. She feels horrible about it, and she’s afraid she’s set herself on a path she shouldn’t take. Finn has some wonderful things to say about choosing your destiny. I’m eager to see what kind of destiny Teagan will choose.

I was looking for a little more out of the characters. I like Teagan well enough, but there’s just something missing from her character for me. I wish she were just a little more complex. I’m hoping that with the next book she’ll grow and I won’t feel that way anymore. That often happens in a series. The characters will grow slowly and I’ll learn to love them in their growth. Finn, on the other hand, grows pretty quickly in this book. At first we meet him as a cocky bad-boy type who gives Teagan the shivers. Next we see him, he’s grown up a lot. He’s spent some time thinking about his feelings and his destiny. I love Finn for this. There’s always something going on in that brain of his, and I want to know what it is.

The writing is simple and appropriate. There’s nothing too lyrical. There’s the occasional Irish prayer and poetry said by someone, but that’s as lyrical as it gets in this book. Her use of Irish lore and Gaelic are really intriguing. I imagine a lot of research went in to writing this book, and I have to commend her on her devotion to writing a wonderful fantasy novel. I’m read for the next one.

Source: NetGalley
Author’s website: http://home.comcast.net/~kerstenhamilton/
Purchase this book: Book Depository | IndieBound

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. I am reading Tyger, Tyger right now and I LOVE it.Girls with BooksTeen Bookshelf

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