Book Review: In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton (The Goblin Wars #2)
Publisher: Clarion Books
Format: ARC (courtesy of Kersten Hamilton and Clarion Books)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 10.03.2011
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.

*Warning: slight spoilers for the first book, Tyger Tyger*

"Maybe they cause trouble and grief because they're sick."
"You think it's likely they woke up one morning and said, 'Oi, my stomach aches! I'll just go break an Irish lady's bones, or maybe steal a baby's breath. That'll make it better!'?"
-Kersten Hamilton, In the Forests of the Night (uncorrected proof)

Can I tell you how utterly excited I was to read this book? Tyger Tyger remains one of my favorite books read this year, and I was so excited to read more! Three pages into the first chapter of this book, and I was already reminded of why I loved the first one so much: the interaction between Teagan, her family, and her friends. The book begins moments after Tyger Tyger left off, and the entire family (plus a few friends) are living under one roof. Their relationships are great, and while they don't all get along, they interact in a way that is captivating to read about. Each character has their own quirks which makes for fantastic conversations, arguments, and competitions. The family dynamic is one that I definitely appreciate reading about.

In fact, my favorite scene from the book is one where there is a silverware-throwing instructional/competition. It was one of those things that just sort of happened because everyone was in the right mood at the right time. It wasn't even a big part of the story, but it made an impression on me because it was so fun and cute, and allowed everyone to bond. I have definitely been participant in more than a few similar, and seemingly random, events with my family that turned out to be unforgettable.

There is a lot of humor in this book. There was humor in Tyger Tyger, but this sequel really brings it. Having  a lot of people around each other is bound to bring out the best and worst in anyone. Luckily, the best of these characters happens to be hilarious banter, and the worst happens to be irony and satire. :)

The only reason I didn't give this a higher rating (and believe me, I wanted to) is because at the end of the book, not much is solved. New problems are brought up or discovered, but only a few are resolved, meaning the story doesn't move forward a lot. This wasn't such a huge deal to me, since the rest of the book was so interesting, but I still would have loved to see more progress.

Overall this is a great sequel, and definitely a must-read for those who loved Tyger Tyger (and if you haven't read that, what are you waiting for?). Poetry and music still have a strong significance in this one, Aiden is still the coolest little brother ever, and Finn is even more swoon-worthy! Oh, and the bickering between Finn and Gabby? Priceless. Can't wait for the next one! :)

Read this if:
...you like Irish men who love wholeheartedly, you think you understand Goblin practices, and you have a good sense of humor.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Clean read!

Other Books in the Series:
Book 1: Tyger Tyger

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  1. O I am SO glad to hear it's good. I was lucky enough to get a copy but haven't started it yet.

  2. How disappointing that nothing was solved. I really like progress in my series. Great review.

  3. Juju: I hope you like it when you read it! I'm also glad you got a copy!!

    Alexis: I agree. I like progress as well. I just didn't mind with this book, and it's because I was so entertained. Go figure. :)


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