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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Goblin Wars (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547435606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547435602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. She has worked as a ranch hand, a woodcutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor. Now, when she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands of New Mexico. The Goblin Wars books are her first novels for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit

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Part I: Lhiannon—Sídhe

Teagan Wylltson blinked and tried to focus on her five-year-old brother, Aiden. His best friend, Lennie—a pudgy, pimpled eighteen-year-old—was holding him up so that he could see Teagan’s perch on the roof of the porch. Lucy, the sprite who had taken up residence in her brother’s hair, was zipping excitedly around his head.

“Come quick! Thomas is growing feathers!” Aiden yelled again.

“The man’s shape-shifting,” Finn said. He had taken her hand to pull her to her feet, and he hadn’t let go. Every molecule in her was suddenly vibrating at a higher rate, and webs of electricity spread over her entire body. It felt good. Really good. But it did make it hard to focus.

“Where’s Mamieo, then?” Finn asked.

“She was sitting beside him when I went through the living room,” Teagan said, dropping his hand and stepping away.

Focusing would be a good thing right now. Finn’s grandmother hadn’t been happy when they’d dragged a wounded shape shifter out of Mag Mell, but she’d promised not to harm the creature—so long as he didn’t do anything unnatural.

“Do you think she’ll consider this—”

“Unnatural? I’m sure of it.”

“She wouldn’t—”

“Do away with the creature?” Finn rubbed his chin with the two good fingers of his wounded hand. “I doubt it. But I’d best go check on them just the same. Thomas might be needing some help.”

“Finn,” Teagan said, as he turned away. She glanced over to make sure Lennie had put Aiden down. He had. “I do love you.”

Finn turned back, grinning. “I know it.”

“But I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it, either. I meant it when I said that I’m still headed for Cornell. I’m not giving that up.”

“You didn’t think I’d go along with you? That’s why you were crying?”

Teagan shook her head. “I didn’t believe you could love me. I was going to get over it, and get on with my plans.”

“That’s just like you. Sticking to the plan.”

“Not this time. You turned my world upside down, Finn Mac Cumhaill. If Cindy hadn’t fallen for Oscar at first sight, I wouldn’t have been thinking about—”

“Why are you guys still talking?” Aiden yelled.

“Just one more minute, boyo,” Finn called over the edge, then turned back to Teagan.

“Cindy and Oscar? Your monkeys?”

“Chimpanzees are apes,” Teagan said automatically. “And they don’t belong to me—I just work with them. They shouldn’t belong to the zoo, either. They should belong to themselves. That’s what I’m working for. That’s why it’s important that I go to Cornell. So maybe you and I should wait until things settle down a bit—”

“Tea.” Finn looked grim. “Things are not going to settle. Your relations have come calling.”

“You mean the goblins.”

“And the Travelers. There’s never going to be peace between them. And your family’s in the middle of it.”

“Are you guys kissing? ” Aiden shouted.

“Not yet.” Finn cocked an eyebrow and lowered his voice so only Teagan could hear. “But I can’t wait to get to it.”

“’Cause Mamieo said to hurry!”

Finn touched Teagan’s face, then turned and jumped, catching the lamppost next to the house with his good hand. She stepped to the roof’s edge to watch him swing around it as he dropped. She’d been coming out onto the porch roof since she was little, but her stomach still felt tight if she stood too close to the edge. She would never just throw herself off it like that. Finn landed lightly in the patch of frost-yellowed grass between the sidewalk and the street, then grinned up at her.

Kissing. Teagan pressed her hands into her stomach to stop the trembling, which was threatening to spread to her knees.

“Come on, girl.” Finn lifted his arms. “Jump down. You’re just the right size for catching.”

“Uh-uh.” Teagan took a step back. “Not while you have a hurt hand.”

“Well, then, could you bring my duct tape down with you?”


Aiden started for the door.

“Finn—” Teagan began, but he had already caught her brother by the collar.

“Not so fast, there,” Finn said as Aiden tried to wiggle away.

“I want to know what’s happening,” Aiden said.

“Thomas is growing feathers.” Lennie sounded worried. “Like a bird. That’s what.”

Lennie couldn’t see Lucy and the other the creatures of Mag Mell who were only half present in this creation. But there were some unearthly creatures that were fully present in any of the worlds of the multiverse—angels, Highborn, and Fir Bolg—that even people without second sight could see. And watching a shape shifter transform would give Lennie nightmares.

“I’ll take care of it,” Finn assured him. “But I’ll be needing two brave men to stand guard out here. Do you know where I might find them?”

“We’re brave.” Aiden stopped wiggling, and tipped his head as if he were listening. “Yep,” he said. “There are bad guys coming. We’ll fight them!”

Finn glanced up at Teagan, and she shrugged. Aiden had been saving the world from imaginary bad guys daily since they escaped from Mag Mell, sometimes by singing them away, and sometimes defeating them with stick swords and rocks.

“We will?” Lennie looked worried.

“I fought bad guys before,” Aiden assured him. “I’ll show you how.” Lucy had decided the show was over and had settled into his hair again. She always played along with Aiden’s imaginary battles.

“All right,” Lennie agreed.

Finn looked at Teagan again, and she nodded.

“You two stay right here, then,” he said, “until Teagan can walk you across the street to Lennie’s house. Got it?”

Finn disappeared onto the porch beneath her, leaving both Aiden and Lennie looking up at her expectantly.

“Jump, Tea-gan,” Lennie said. “I can catch you. I don’t have a hurt hand.”

“Thank you, Lennie,” Teagan said. “But I’m going back in through the window. You wait there like Finn said.” She wiped her tears on the back of her sleeve. Her eyes were swollen, and her nose felt like a blob. She picked up the roll of tape.

“Aiden. Come to us.”

Teagan froze. She knew that voice, and it made her hair stand on end. She stepped as close to the edge of the roof as she dared.

“Lennie!” Aiden said. “The cat-sídhe are here!”

“What’s a cat-sídhe?” Lennie looked around. “Are they the bad guys?”

“Yep,” Aiden said. “They’re the kind you can’t see.”

“I hate that kind.” Lennie picked up a stick and swung at the air.

Teagan was glad Lennie couldn’t see the creatures on the far side of the street. He would have had nightmares for months. At first glance, they looked like large housecats. Dirty, diseased housecats that stood upright. But if you looked closer, you’d notice that their mouths and hands were almost human. Bare skin showed in mangy patches through their filthy fur. The bigger one’s ears hung in tatters. Maggot Cat. The last time she’d seen him he’d flicked maggots picked from his rotting flesh at her. The wound on his stomach didn’t seem to be open, but even from this distance his bare abdomen still looked swollen. The cat-sídhe beside him was younger, and Teagan had seen it before, too. It looked like it had been sleeping in an oil pan. Both of them had hunted Teagan, Aiden, and Finn through the streets of Chicago. The cat goblins were always causing the Irish Travelers trouble and grief.

“Aiden, is Finn already inside?” Teagan asked.

“Ah, ah!” The smaller cat-sídhe pointed up at her. “Teagan!”

“Teagan!” Maggot Cat commanded. “Step down.”

Her left foot moved a half an inch closer to the roof’s edge.

“No!” Teagan said, as much to her own leg as to the goblin.

“Yessssss!” Maggot Cat said.

They can do that, Finn had told her, the first time the goblin creatures had tried to control her body. The cat-sídhe could move some people’s muscles just for a second—long enough for a car to swerve into a pedestrian if you were driving, or for you to step in front of a train. Long enough to ruin your life. But you could learn to resist them, if you focused.

“Bones,” the smaller cat-sídhe yowled. “Marr-ow! Marr-ow!”

“I heard something scary,” Lennie said. “Like a whisper in my head.”

“That’s their voices,” Aiden explained. “Don’t listen.” Cat-sídhe voices had never had any effect at all on Aiden, but Lennie was a different matter.

“Lennie.” Maggot Cat tipped his head, looking at Lennie. “We know your name.”

“Shut up!” Aiden said.

Teagan flinched. Sídhe creatures had m...

More About the Author

I was born in a trailer in High Rolls, New Mexico, in 1958.

By my sixth birthday, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by the sound of words, the sweep of story. I wanted to make word magic and tuck it inside the covers of a book.

A writer needs a very tough skin. And she needs something to write about.

Fortunately, my parents were quite eccentric. My childhood can only be described as 'exciting.'

I tracked caribou and arctic wolves across my family's homestead in Alaska, caught tiny tree frogs in the swamps and rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, and chased dust devils and rattlesnakes across the high desert of New Mexico.

Against all odds, I survived my many misadventures. I was not electrocuted or drowned. Most of the bullets missed, and the incidents with bears, snakes, wolves, and angry moose were not fatal.

Before I settled down to have children I worked as a ranch hand, a wood cutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor.

I am the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. Tyger Tyger, book one of the Goblin Wars series, is my first novel for young adults.

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In both books the characters are realistic, the writing well-done, the story world rich and vivid.
Kathryn Heckenbach
I really liked the character development we saw in Thomas, Finn, and Teagan - it really added to the story and changed my perspective on a few things.
Steph @ Beyond the Bookshelf
I can't wait to continue the series and recommend this gem to anyone interested in young adult fantasy and paranormal.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adriana on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rarely do I ever love sequels as much as the first book in the series, In the Forests of the Night is definitely an exception to the sequel slump. I'm going to keep this review spoiler free because I don't want to ruin it for those who have yet to read the amazing-ness that is Tyger, Tyger.

Teagan's character was so strong, self-less, caring and she was willing to do whatever it took to keep her family and friends away from harm. She's one of the few female characters that doesn't have me shaking my head with a "What was she thinking?" Teagan actually seemed to be making the best decisions that will benefit and help the people she cares about even if the choices she makes aren't easy ones.

Abby was one of the characters I wanted more of in the sequel and Kersten Hamilton definitely had more of Abby's hilarious ditzy one liners. She definitely brings in the laughs even in some pretty serious and intense situations. Abby is definitely still by Teagan's side and adjusting to all the craziness that comes along with being Teagan's friend.

Aiden didn't really have as strong of a role in this book, but he was still the same old adorable, voice prodigy, Elvis impersonator hater, that I loved from the beginning. I'm hoping he'll have a greater role in the next book.

The romance is still going strong for Finn and Teagan, but I wasn't really feeling the chemistry with them as much this time around. It wasn't until the second half the book where I started seeing the spark come back. It will be interesting to see where these two will end up.

I'll admit the story was a bit slow to start as we read about the day to day lives of Tea, her family, friends, and the hectic household filled with strange creatures running/flying around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on November 21, 2011
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This was another excellent story by Kersten Hamilton. I like her focus on Irish Mythology and I really love the family relationships in this story - no matter how unconventional the family might be. Teagan, Aiden and Finn have made it back alive from Mag Mell with Mr. Wylltson and a few other characters too. Tea and Aiden's Aunt Roisin and the goblin Highborn Thomas has come too.

We get to see her choosing to be the kind of person she wants to be. She is thrown, at first, when she discovers that she has goblin blood and fears that she will become a cruel and heartless goblin herself. Luckily, she has the love and support of Finn.

She has to battle the evil Fear Doirich in order to keep her family and friends safe. The tension and the adventures that she has in the Mag Mell are the main focus of this book as she goes to find a way to defeat Fear Doirich.

There are a number of wonderful secondary characters in this story. I love Tea's little brother Aiden and her best friend Abby. Abby is a true friend and has a unique viewpoint that always adds to the story. Aiden is a sweet child who has unexpected and wonderful gifts. Finn's grandmother Mamieo and his guardian angel Raynor Schein add a bunch of depth to this story. And even the evil Ms. Skinner from Social Services adds some conflict and tension from the human side of the story.

The many unique goblin characters add a richness. I found the sluagh and the Maggot Cat to be particularly creepy. The pookhas that Tea and Finn encounter in Mag Mell were also examples of the creatures from Irish Myth that made their way into this story.

I recommend this story both as a romance and as a wonderful fantasy using less common fantasy tropes. I loved the language, tension, and touches of humor that this story had.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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I really enjoyed the first installment of The Goblin Wars, and was excited to read this second installment. A good amount of time (and many other books) had passed between my readings of the two, and I initially found it hard to get into this second novel. It picks up immediately where the first left off, and I found this kind of awkward. Some time and distance between the events of the first novel and the beginning of this one would have made it easier to ease back in, but the beginning of this book felt disconcertingly like I had put the first one down, wandered away from it for months, and then picked it back up and forgotten where I was in the story.

From there, it was something of a long slog to get to the real meat of the book. I thought the first half to two thirds of the book was rather dull. While I really like how Hamilton creates and portrays her characters, I felt like the first part of this book is just too bogged down in the mundane details of their lives. Maybe it was the mundane that really bothered me. There is so much that is strange happening in Teagan's house, and yet there seems to be so little curiosity about it. I wanted more details about Roisin, about Thomas, about Tegan's father, but none of that was really there.

I also felt like the romance took something of a strange turn. I didn't find the same spark in it that I'd found in the first. In addition, there was a conversation between Finn and Teagan's father that caused some serious eyebrow raising on my part. I thought it sounded odd, given that Teagan and Finn are both so young. This particular aspect struck me as so incongruous that it kind of jarred me out of the story and lessened the effect.

However, once Teagan and Finn return to Mag Mell, things get much better.
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