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When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears by Kersten Hamilton

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

The Goblin Wars #3
Book 1: Tyger, Tyger
Book 2: In the Forests of the Night

author : kersten hamilton

pages : [hardcover] 400

favorite characters :   .  .  . all of them

summary :

“People will die.”

Locked doors are opening, and uncanny creatures are tumbling through mysterious portals from Mag Mell, the world-between-worlds, into the streets of Chicago. The Dark Man has marked Aiden with a new song that’s scared him badly, and a frightening new group of sídhe is lurking nearby.

Teagan knows this is war, and she must protect her family. She leaves her flesh and bones behind to join Finn in hunting the evil beings across the city. Meanwhile, their relationship is heating up—almost faster than they can control. But he is still bound to fight goblins his entire life . . . and by blood she is one of them now.

Then the gateway to Mag Mell cracks open again, and the Wylltsons find themselves caught in a trap. As her loved ones begin to die, Teagan realizes that she must destroy the Dark Man and his minions once and for all in order to save those who remain . . .

. . . before it is too late.

review :

First, look at that beautiful cover.

There will never be enough words to express my love for the Goblin Wars trilogy. Ever since I first read book one I’ve been addicted to this plot and fantastic set of characters and this is one trilogy where the next two books don’t fall short. The sequel was great, if not more addictive than the first, and the third and unfortunately final book When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears was fantastic!

Every time I thought that I knew what was going to happen next, I was proved wrong. This is a book that you don’t want to start if you don’t have time to read it all at once (cue my regret at starting it right before finals and then staying up all night just to finish) because it is just that addictive. There are a lot of characters in this book but each is so distinctive and great that there isn’t any confusion at all; I loved the mix of humans and otherworldly creatures, especially in this one where Teagan’s worlds are really starting to blend together. Everyone that Tea cares about is in danger and she and her adorable little brother, Aiden, are the only two that can stop the evil trying to claw through to their world.

With characters this great, don’t doubt that all of the bad guys are plenty terrifying. There are shapeshifters, soul-eating creatures, and, worst, one who can twist people and creatures just by singing it into reality.

I feel like I could rave about this book and trilogy for ages. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is a great conclusion, even though I didn’t want this to end at all. It took all of my expectations and threw them away though I’m so happy to get the ending that I wanted in an unpredictable way.

I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy, Irish folklore, a great book, or a read you’ll never forget.

Whether you’re new to this trilogy or have been waiting eagerly (like me!) for this last book, you’ll never regret reading the Goblin Wars . . .Actually, I’m tempted to start reading the first book now.


Interview with Kersten Hamilton, author of In the Forests of the Night

Today I’m lucky enough to feature Kersten Hamilton, author of the recently released novel, In the Forests of the Night. This is the second book in the Goblin Wars series. The first is Tyger Tyger.


How did you come up with the title, In the Forests of the Night?

Actually, William Blake came up with it—and Tyger Tyger as well. I have always loved this poem:
The Tyger (Songs of Experience)
by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Where’s your favorite place to write?
I can write anywhere. I am so completely consumed by the story that I don’t even know what is happening around me.

What did you find most challenging about writing In the Forests of the Night?
Every novel is a new challenge, but with Forests, the challenge was writing while my world fell to pieces around me. The short version is: I wrote in the ICU watching over my new grandson. I wrote in hospice while my father died. I wrote through pain and worry as my niece, who is as dear to me as a daughter, was diagnosed with cancer, and my nephew who lives with me developed a tic (he has Tourette’s Syndrome) that caused a spinal lesion and almost paralyzed him. I cried and fought for my family and my career, and…I wrote. I wrote through it all, wrote to prove to myself and the universe that I am a writer.
If it hadn’t been for readers who’d loved Tyger Tyger (and didn’t even know what was going on in my life) writing to encourage me, I don’t think I would have finished the novel. If it hadn’t been for my daughter and husband reading over my shoulder and cheering me on, I know I would not have been able to do it.

If you could meet any literary character, who would you pick?
Mr. Polwarth, the gnome–like gatekeeper from George MacDonald’s Paul Faber, Surgeon. I could sit and talk with him forever.

Have you been inspired by any particular writer’s style?
Oddly enough (because he wrote in a totally different time and genre) I’d have to say Isaac Asimov. Asimov believed that writing should be like a pane of glass—the reader should not even be aware of the writer, just of the story they are entering. I believe that, too. The less my readers are aware of me, and the more they are aware of my characters, the better!

What is your all-time favorite book?
I like to think that I haven’t found it yet. How could I choose a favorite among all the books I love? And what about all the books yet to be written? I plan to keep searching for my all–time favorite until the day I die!

Fun fact about yourself?
When I was in elementary school, I was the leader of a gang. Sparrows used to nest in the roof of the school, and certain kids would find the fallen baby birds and stone them or stomp them to death. If my gang caught those kids in the act, we’d beat them up.
The principal called me in to his office and told me he would not tolerate gangs in his school. This had very little effect on my behavior since he apparently had no problem with the kids who killed small animals.

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Kayla!

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Thanks so much for answering my questions!

I’ve quickly fallen in love with this series, and can’t wait to continue with it! I really recommend that anyone who hasn’t tried it out pick up Tyger Tyger as soon as possible. It’s hard not to love a book that has everything from goblins to Irish legends to handsome love interests. Go! Read it!