Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
digital galley provided by NetGalley
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
My take on it:
The goblins are coming --- and not just any goblins - really creepy goblins, namely the cat-sidhe. But not to worry, Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives to save the day. Maybe.
Tyger Tyger is the first book in the Goblin Wars series. I am not sure how many books are planned, but if the books to follow are as good as Tyger Tyger, I will read all of them. This book was such a pleasant surprise and a joy to read. I was extremely happy to read this story involving the Celtic mythology of the Fenian Cycle as well as some of the history of early Ireland which, naturally, has to cover the Firbolg and the Tuatha De Danann.
I was hooked from page one and couldn’t stop reading until I had finished the book. I really liked Teagan and her brother Aiden and I just adored Finn as well as Mamieo and Teagan's mother, Aileen. I particularly liked the way Aileen’s paintings turned out to be accurate depictions of Mag Mell and its inhabitants. There is so much in this book that I loved. I loved the freegan who keeps showing up just in time, the nasty cat-sidhe were wonderful goblins, and there is quite a bit of Irish Traveller lore.
I don't want to give away too many spoilers so I will just say that I most definitely will be recommending this book to all my reader friends.
Rating: 5 of 5