Series Review: Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton

Released by Clarion Books

Synopsis of Tyger Tyger:

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.

“It’s an Irish story, love,” Mrs. Wylltson said. We don’t do happy endings.”

  1. So the first book in this trilogy was released in 2010 which I suppose accounts for why the trilogy is not as widely read as it should be. Actually, honestly, that’s no excuse.
  2. Because these three books, though slim in comparison to other books in the same genre, pack a punch.
  3. Like a punch. 
  4. I was knocked out for at least a week.
  5. If you’re not a poetry buff, you may not recognize the book titles which come from Blake’s “Tyger Tyger” which is all about complicated stuff that you should totally Google if you feel like it. My point is, the allusion should alert you about the literary nature of the trilogy. Hamilton marries her deep love for poetry and storytelling with the folklore and mythology of the Irish.
  6. The books are funny. Like chortle-out-loud.
  7. Because laugh is not intense enough.
  8. For example:

    “You can turn around now,” Mamieo said primly.
    When they did, she was holding a delicate dagger in her hand.
    “And where’d you get that?” Finn asked.
    “I had it about me,” Mamieo said primly. “I don’t go about unarmed, boyo.”
    “It took you three full minutes to find the thing,” Finn pointed out.
    “Was it lost?” Aiden asked.
    Mamieo flushed. “It was not.”

  9. Didn’t that make you laugh? I mean chortle? Mamieo is the most badass grandma a girl could ask for. She rocks.
  10. And talks to God.
  11. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  12. Sometimes she believes he talks back.
  13. The book focuses on family, friendships, and fighting. Things happen very quickly; the pace is insane. Not in a bad way.
  14. The angel loves cars, by the way.
  15. I mean, could you get any more awesome?
  16. Well yes, you could. Cuz Finn. I know Janet hates the name on male protagonists but Finn is Finn. He’s the charming rouge but at the same time, he’s a gentleman. (Teagan’s dad makes sure he continues being one.)
  17. I really liked the romance in this one.
  18. For instance:

    “And it would be nice if kissing Finn did not always turn out to be a spectator sport. Especially if it knocked him off his feet.”

  19. And:

    “Did anyone ever tell you that you’re unbearably beautiful when you get released from policy custody, girl?” he asked.

  20. Did I mention that there’s an awesome best friend who is apparently related to the mafia and has cousins named after the ninja turtles?
  21. Or the little brother who loves Elvis and has a perfect ear where music is concerned? That he might be the secret hero of the story.
  22. Do you really need more reasons to read this trilogy?
  23. The story will make you laugh like a hyena (I don’t recommend reading it in public), cry ugly (like red nose reindeer) and blush till your toes curl.
  24. The books will make you happy.
  25. I mean, I could talk about the finesse with which the worldbuilding was done and how each character comes to full-bodied life in your mind but when I like books this much, that’s a given.
  26. And sometimes you need books to do that.
  27. So read it.