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    New Fiendish Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

    Book:                Tyger Tyger

    Author:              Kersten Hamilton

    Publisher:         Clarion|Houghton Mifflin

    ISBN/ASIN:        9780547330082

    Release Date:     November 15, 2010

    Rating:  4.5 Stars

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    Check out Kersten Hamilton and Houghton Mifflin’s page about Tyger Tyger.

    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!

    A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)

    Reader Comments (4)

    Great review! I have this on my TBR list as well. Can't wait to read it.

    July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

    Thanks Savannah! I know you'll enjoy it-and the draw between Finn and Teagan is awesome-don't know how Hamilton did it so well, but she crafted it perfectly. Just finished "Nightshade" last night by Andrea Cremer and that is another you should check out!

    July 18, 2010 | Registered Commenterfiendishly bookish

    Thank you for the fiendish review! If you liked Tyger Tyger, you're gonna love the next one In the Forest of the Night!


    July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKersten Hamilton

    Thanks Kersten! This was an awesome debut-Congrats! I cannot wait to get my hands on In the Forest of the Night.

    July 19, 2010 | Registered Commenterfiendishly bookish

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