Friday, November 5, 2010

Tyger Tyger: By Kersten Hamilton



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.


I’ve always been a fan of myths and books based on myth. Whether they be Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series about Greek myths, or his Kane Chronicles series about Egyption myth, or Michael Scott’s conglomeration of almost all myths in his The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. It is upon myths that human kinds’ imaginations is created. And it is from these building blocks that we get some of our best books and stories.

In Tyger Tyger Hamilton does a fantastic job introducing us to the world of Irish myth and lore. Between the stories of Queen Mab, Fear Doirich, and the Mac Cumhaill had an interesting mixture of stories. Besides that I really felt Tyger Tyger moved along at a good pace. Hamilton creates a world with incredibly vivid and captivating scenery that will be sure to delight readers worldwide.

Of course, one of my concerns with Tyger Tyger is that while I loved many of the minor characters such as Raynor Schein, Mamieo, and Aiden, I felt Teagan was almost to weak of a character to be leading this engaging story. Considering this is called “A goblin Wars Book” it looks as if Hamilton plans to make this into a series. If so then I hope she either replaces Teagan as the main character with one of the stronger more interesting minor characters or makes Teagan into a stronger more willful character.

All in all Tyger Tyger is a fun book to read. I felt it could have been better if Hamilton had made Teagan into a stronger protagonist but the setting, plot, and mythology surrounding the story more than make up for this weak character.

7.5 out of 10


Publisher: Clarion Books

Published: November 15, 2010

Price: $17.00

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