In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton
publisher: Clarion Books
release date: November 22, 2011
hardcover, 288 pages
intended audience: Young adult
series: Goblin Wars, book 2
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.
Review: In this second installment to the Goblin Wars series, Teagan and her friends have survived their first big fight with Fear Doirich and are back home, safe and sound. Everyone is trying to acclimate: Teagan's dad to having his own thoughts back and step back into the role of "Dad" to Teagan and Aiden; Teagan's aunt and the goblin, Thomas, who they brought back from Mag Mell are getting used to the new world around them. And Teagan is trying to wrap her mind around the news that she herself is a highborn Goblin.
For me, it took a little way into the book to really get acclimated myself. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and a lot to remember from the first book, so if you have the opportunity, I might advise rereading the first book if you haven't read it since it was released. Once I got my bearings, I fell right back in to the story Teagan is still the great smart, strong, character that I loved, Aiden is still stealing the show with his fun antics and amazing magical voice, and Finn is just as charming and chivalrous, with that lovely irish accent making me swoon just a bit. :) Seriously, the only way a character could get away with calling his girlfriend "Girl" repeatedly is with a hot irish accent. For a lot of the book Teagan is having a sort of inner struggle with who she is and holding on to that despite feeling the pull of her goblin blood. It makes her unsure about Finn, since he is born to fight goblins, makes her scared and more protective of Aiden, and makes her want to go back and face Fear Doirich even more.
We get a great dose of Irish lore in In the Forest of the Night. Kersten Hamilton has such an amazing way of working everything we need to know right into the story with such amazing flow. The infamous Maggot Cat and the cat-sidhe are even more distgusting than I remember them being in book one. There is, once again, some really great action this time around and the ending is amazing, and completely unexpected, with a great exciting cliffhanger that hints at the amazingness to come in book 3! I can't wait! Fans of this story will not be disappointed!
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