In the Forests of the Night
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Book 2 in the Goblin Wars Series
Book 1: Tyger Tyger
Pages [hardcover]: 288
Favorite Characters: Finn & Abby
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.
I didn’t think it’d be possible to fall in love with this cast of characters again, after I finished Tyger Tyger back in April. I was so, so happy to see that I was wrong. In the Forests of the Night is a better sequel than I could have ever imaged it would be! Packed with scenes that’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry, then gasp and [possibly, if you have a good enough imagination] give you nightmares.
Those goblins and creatures certainly can’t be romanticized. These are villains that have impact. On Tea’s life, definitely, but on the reader as well. Sure, I have no idea how to pronounce half [or all] of the goblins and such, but that makes them no less memorable. Only a little harder to rave about to my friends.
While I greatly support the whole Finn/Teagan connection, I love how she keeps her head about it, and keeps her own goals in mind. Everything that makes her her is what made me like her as a character in the first place-her love for animals, how she puts others before herself. And she’s not about to give up her future for some boy. Not even the Mac Cumhaill. And he respects that. Which is even better. Some of the greatest parts were when Finn was talking with her father.
Once I picked up this book, I literally couldn’t stop. I’d try to find a place to leave off for the night, but just reading to the next page turned into the next chapter, turned into two chapters . . . You see where I’m going with this? It was that addictive. I really recommend this series to . . . Well, everyone. I never thought I’d like books about goblins. But this series is one of my favorites!
WONDERFULLY BRILLIANT. 5/5 stars