Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Title: Tyger Tyger
Series: The Goblin Wars
Book #: One 
Author: Kersten Hamilton  
Published: 2010
Source: Local Library 

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.

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Before starting Tyger Tyger, I had read numerous reviews full of praise, and I had high expectations for both the plot and the characters. While I wasn't completely blown away by the story, I was definitely intrigued and entertained by the uniquely creepy and imaginative world of goblins. I devoured the book in one day, unable to put it down. 

For some reason, I have always been fascinated with parallel universes and portals to magic worlds. Most of my favorite childhood books I discovered when I was young were based on these. This aspect in Tyger Tyger grabbed my attention right away. 

After that, I was swept away in a whirlwind adventure full of sinister creatures, epic journeys, intense battles, and some seriously twisted family trees. All of the nasty goblins and other creatures created by Hamilton are revolting yet bewitching. I kept thinking to myself thatTyger Tyger is basically The Spiderwick Chronicles pumped up on steroids to become creepier and more epic.

The Irish culture and lore is a huge part of the novel. This both annoyed and captivated me. The complicated back stories improved the authenticity of the plot, but they also made the story hard to follow. Still, the family backgrounds prove to be important to the plot later on, so I guess I can't complain too much.

In all, this fresh, originally imaginative novel impressed me. I would recommend it to lovers of out-there fantasy novels, and maybe lovers of romance. I will definitely be checking out the sequels to come.


Amelia said...

the Irish elements/backstory were really hard to follow - I'm still thoroughly confused by a lot of it! But you're right - parallel universes are captivating! Glad you still enjoyed this one!

Marcie said...

Good review! I really liked this book also.I'm very interested to read the next book in this series.

Ashley said...

I heard a lot about this book when it was first coming out, but never really read any reviews and haven't heard much since then. It does sound interesting though! I'll have to check it out!