Book: Tyger Tyger
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion|Houghton Mifflin
Release Date: November 15, 2010
Rating: 4.5 Stars
There is definitely a surfeit of magick and adventure present in Kersten Hamilton’s whimsical new YA debut that will have readers clamoring for more. Tyger Tyger is the first in Hamilton’s Goblin Wars series, and centers around Teagan Wylltson, a Chicago teen, who is going to find out that her world just got a lot weirder.
Teagan doesn’t know much about her family’s history other than the limited info she’s gotten from her mom and dad. Despite having Irish Travelers in their family and her mom speaking with a pronounced lilt from time to time, things are pretty much normal in the Wylltson household. Until her “cousin” Finn Mac Cumhaill comes to live with them. Then all bets are off.
Finn brings with him the rich mythology of their family’s past. Tales about all manner of fairy folk, such as Fear Doirich, the bean-sidhe, and cat sidhe slip easily off his tongue. Teagan finds him amusing, if a bit superstitious. But there is a cautionary wariness in Finn’s eyes that says that he has seen more than his share of strange. And the instant draw, the intensity between Finn and Teagan is just another excuse to keep him at arms length.
But what Teagan doesn’t realize is that she will end up cleaving to Finn in due time…because he is not the only one that has come to roost in the Wylltson house. With Finn, come the dark folk that have been plaguing the Travelers for generations. And they’re not nice. In fact, they’re rather nasty.
After Tea’s dad disappears, she, her little brother Aiden and Finn must venture into Mag Mell, the kingdom of Fear Doirich, to rescue him. It won’t be an easy journey. And it won’t be a fairy tale. And Tea will find out some very troubling information about herself and her family’s lineage that could alienate Finn-despite the feelings that they have for one another.
Tyger Tyger was a fun, exciting, adventure that for some strange reason reminded me of City of Bones. Perhaps it was the similar situation between Teagan Wylltson and Clarissa Fray, both of them of a magickal lineage, both of them having mothers who were painters (with magickal clues in their works) both put in jeopardy by dark forces. In this case, Clary finds out she is a Shadowhunter, and Teagan finds out she is ____(not telling cos it would be a spoiler). Both have their love interest…Jacccccee for Clary and Finn for Teagan. Strangely enough, there is quite a bit of pull, rich allure between Tea and Finn that will have readers sighing over and over again. But Hamilton has just teased us, more will most likely come in Book 2.
Other than that similarity, Tyger Tyger is a visual treat as Finn, Aiden, and Tea fight off the beasties of Mag Mell, and go head-to-head against Fear Doirich. Readers who loved The Iron King, and the Iron Daughter, as well as The Mortal Instruments series will adore this brilliant and enervating new series. P.S. Loved Lucy!
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