In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars 2)
by Kersten Hamilton
Published: November 2011 by Clarion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive. But the Dark Man’s forces have followed them to Chicago and are beckoning Tea to return. They claim that she will soon join them, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. And in the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or murder her family and friends.
Teagan knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured or 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 highly enjoyed this sequel to last year’s Tyger, Tyger. In the Forests of the Night picks up right where we’re left at in the first book and hits the ground running. Teagan, her brother Aiden, their dad, Finn and the rest are safely back from and out of Mag Mell. But old blood has been awakened, and Mag Mell and Fear Doirich do not let go so easily.
While not as immediately action-packed as you would assume it would be, In the Forests of the Night spend much of the first part of the book explaining some of those questions we were left with from Tyger, Tyger. We learn more about Mag Mell, the goblins, Fear Doirich, celtic myth, you name it. And yet, despite the lack of overt fighting, exploring, etc. I was still sucked in and hooked on the world that Kersten Hamilton has created. By the time Kyle (high-born from Mag Mell in the first book) shows up to wreck havoc with Teagan’s already only semi-normal life, there has been enough build up and small incidences that the action at the end of the book is just a natural progression and extension of everything we’ve learned at the beginning. And of course there are more cliffhangers to carry us over to the third book!
Teagan is still the strong, independent character I remember from the first book. She will do anything for her family and friends, and while she and Finn are feeling the mutual love, she is determined to take it slow and continue on with her plans for the future. I say go her! Although Finn is yummy and definitely worthy of Teagan. Finn is a nice guy who has a destiny, but he loves Teagan and will stay by her side no matter what she says. I think that’s one thing I really like about this series – the family/friend dynamics are amazing. Everyone genuinely cares for one another and there is no fear that the best friend is going to stab the main character in the back in four chapters and screw everything up. No, in fact the best friend will enlist the help of her Italian mafia family to clean up the bodies in the school hallway (no joke).
In the Forests of the Night is an entertaining sequel to a promising series, and I am eagerly waiting for book three! For all the questions this book cleared up, it left us with even more and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
ARC of In the Forests of the Night provided by the author and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for my honest review.