Hello friends! If you’ve been following me long enough you’ll probably know that one of my all-time favorite book series is the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton! These books have everything in them that you could ever want. Seriously. Great characters, an awesome love interest, quests, adventure, amazing settings, Irish legends . . .  Gah, I don’t think I can gush about it enough! But do you want to hear what’s even better about it now?!

TYGER, TYGER the first book in the series is free as an ebook this week! It’s the Book of the Week at Apple so you can download it for free here! Or get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Seriously, you should read this anytime at any price because it’s worth it . . . but for free? Snap this one up while you have the chance!

Still not sure? Check out my review of Tyger, Tyger and the next two books in the trilogy: In the Forests of the Night and
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears.

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · series · young adult

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.


Book Three of the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton Cover Reveal!

I absolutely LOVE this series. Starting with the first book, Tyger Tyger, then the second, In the Forests of the Night, and now book three! It won’t be released until February 2013, but at least now we have a gorgeous cover to tide us over.


I absolutely love it! No surprise there, because every book so far has looked beautiful. And I’m loving the title, too, even if there’s a long wait. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this since I finished the second book!

If you’re not already addicted to this series, watch the book trailer for Tyger, Tyger !

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

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!



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!

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger

Kersten Hamilton

Pages [hardcover]: 322

Goblin Wars #1

Memorable Quote: “Isn’t the Almighty always saying something, girl? Speaking through everything created, whispering in your hopes and dreams. Urging you to get on with business?”

Favorite Characters: Finn & Aiden


Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. 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 knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.


I wish that I could write every character’s name down as my favorite. Kersten Hamilton is fantastic at creating diverse personalities and implementing them throughout the book, adding hilarity as well as a sense of realism to a plot filled with goblins, curses, and chaos.

I wasn’t sure if I’d ever like a book with goblins in it, but I know that I love books that take old legends and twist them into a modern plot. I’ve never heard much about Irish tales, and Ms. Hamilton explains in the author’s note that she’s changed much to fit in with the story, but I adore when things of legend are taken in a realistic way.

I actually started to read this quite some time ago, liked it but couldn’t get into it, and then started re-reading it two days ago. I was so captivated, I couldn’t put it down! I think it was just my earlier mindset that prevented me from enjoying this novel. Tyger Tyger had me immediately flipping the pages to see what would happen next!

Most YA books contain some ounce of romance, and this book is no different on that account. But what I especially liked was that nothing was rushed. Teagan has her own goals in life and doesn’t want a relationship to stand in her way, and Finn won’t pressure her into having something more between them. It was a pleasure to read about two wonderfully defined characters both caring for each other and at the same time thinking for themselves.

Though at times there were so many different characters in a scene my head could barely retain all of them, Tyger Tyger is one of the better fantasy books I’ve read lately. I’m glad to see that there will be a sequel In the Forest of the Night, set to come out in October. Much too long of a wait! I’ll be counting the days. I give this novel 5/5 stars and recommend it for any YA or fantasy fan, or anyone who’d love to read about goblins and folklore.