Monday, November 18, 2013

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is the third and final book in the YA contemporary fantasy trilogy The Goblin Wars.

I am absolutely serious when I say this trilogy is far too remarkable to spoil yourself by reading this review – or book – without reading the first two books.

So, if you are a lucky duck and haven’t yet read The Goblin Wars novels, therefore getting a chance to experience them for the first time, you can check out my review of Tyger Tyger here and In the Forests of the Night here.

Don’t go perusing this review and ruining any surprises!

They are TOO excellent for that!!!

Okay, now on to When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears:

Teagan has declared war on the Dark Man – knowing that her family will always be hunted unless she faces those who wish them harm head-on.

But the danger is very real.

Creatures of destruction and death are spilling out of Mag Mell into the streets of Chicago, Teagan’s little brother Aiden has been marked with a new song that is frightening him, and Teagan finds herself facing the fact that she is now almost all goblin in DNA – and fighting it.

Not to mention that her relationship with Finn, the Mac Cumhaill who is bound to fight goblins, is riddled with the concerns over her very ancestry being a wall between them.

Yet as Teagan finds the Dark Man pulling her and her loved ones into a life-threatening trap, she knows she must find a way to destroy him once and for all…

Oh my goodness!!!

I finished the last pages of When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears in the lunch room of my workplace and had to hold back some serious emotion.

As any fan of The Goblin Wars would agree, I’m sure; Kersten Hamilton has created a charming, eccentric, truly lovable group of people. Teagan’s strong love of animals is only part of the deep compassion rooted in the trilogy – there’s also a marvelous sense of family at its greatest.

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears is the conclusion to what is in its entirety a beautifully original fantasy, mixing Irish mythology with contemporary humor and nail-biting suspense. Of course there’s also the romance aspect, which is nothing to scoff at either.

There’s so much I could say – but I dare not give anything about this conclusion away. There were moments that my heart was so terribly saddened, other times I laughed out loud, and almost always I felt a sense of understated, soaring emotion from the excellence of the storytelling.

To me, it is a mark of an honestly great book, when I feel so incredibly touched multiple times. I cared, and still care, about these characters. Because of that, Kersten was able to break my heart – as well as make me feel joyful.

This is not a conclusion to miss!!!

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