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IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT by Kersten Hamilton

IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT

From the Goblin Wars series, volume 2

By Kersten Hamilton

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-547-43560-2
Publisher: Clarion

The Wylltsons have barely escaped from the underworld of Mag Mell only to face a new threat to 5-year-old Aiden and to Teagan herself in this fantasy sequel to Tyger, Tyger (2010). 

Faced with still more creatures who threaten and command, Teagan and “sexy beast” Finn (so called by Teagan's admiring co-worker), the not-quite "cousin" whose arrival set off the events of the first book, decide to take action on their own. Characters carry over from the opening episode, extending the humor and charm of that novel, while the introduction of several new characters—readers first meet the wily and manipulative Queen Mab, for instance—add interest to the plot and promise of the vigorous action to come. Hamilton is a wizard at creating tension, building on characters’ strengths and weaknesses until the plot really takes off. The neighborhood and forest behind the library, where they leave the Chicago streets to enter Mag Mell (loosely based on Irish folklore), are described in detail and convey a feeling of familiarity. The straightforwardness of the story and spurts of humor arising from situations and characters will sustain readers’ interest and keep them involved.

Teagan has a plan for what comes next; fans will have a hard time waiting for her to bring it on. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)