Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: In the Forests of the Night

Title:  In the Forest of the Night
Series:  Goblin Wars #2
Author:  Kersten Hamilton
Publisher:  Clarion Books
Pages:  295
Format:  eBook

The battle against goblin kind 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 refused 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 is destroying her - that's destroying them all - has a name: Fear Doirich.  And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.  

My Review:   I was so eager to get my hands on this book after enjoying the first so thoroughly.  And, I'm happy to say, this one didn't disappoint.

I was immediately thrown back into the story with Teagan, Finn, and the rest of the gang.  The author flawless wove this story into the first, starting right where the last had left off.  I've noticed. in both books that I've read by Kersten Hamilton, that she really has a talent of making things flow perfectly.  Nothing felt over done or choppy.  It was all smooth.  The plot line of the story was never forced and the characters were all realistic and believable.

The thing I enjoyed most in this book was Teagan's character growth and her relationship with Finn.  Tea is quickly changing from a sweet, innocent girl into someone who is willing to risk her own life and do anything she can to keep her family and friends safe.  Even so, through all of the crap she goes through she still stays herself.  She is still a healer and someone who cares about the beauty and life all around her.  She still has her plan.  And she still has Finn.  I admire the way he sticks by her no matter what.  It refreshing.  He hasn't (and probably won't) pull the whole disappearing act that seems to happen all to often with YA boys.  He's faithful to Teagan and wants to enjoy every moment he has with her.  And I absolutely adore him for that.

The plot was more fast paced than the first but it didn't take away from the story line.  Everything was still interesting and beautiful and terrifying.  Though this one didn't spend nearly as much time on descriptions of Mag Mell which was both a positive and a negative.  In the first book, I really liked the amazing imagery.  It was like the author was painting a picture in my head of everything the characters were seeing.  In this book, there was less time spent lingering on the details and more action and adventure.

Another amazing installment in this series.  I'm not sure when the third one will be released but I am anxiously waiting for that day to come!

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