Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Word Lily review

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 15, 2010 — but available now), 320 pages

Teagan Wylltson’s usually steady, by-the-plan life gets turned upside down when her adoptive teenage cousin, Finn Mac Cumhaill, comes to live with her family. But it’s probably not, primarily, in the way you’d guess. He’s rugged and handsome, yes, but he’s also the Mac Cumhaill…. Oh, and did I mention? Tea’s best friend, Abby, had a dream that goblins and the like were going to attack Teagan.

I really enjoyed this book! Grounded in the real world but filled with the wonder of fantasy. I think this makes the book much more accessible to people who are skeptical of (or just plain unfamiliar with) high fantasy. It also makes the book very enjoyable, too.

I loved the Celtic mythology at the root of much of the story. Tea is incredibly real — earnest and likable. Abby is a great counterpoint. I appreciated all the characters, actually.

I also love that the Wylltson family is so literary. Tea’s mom writes and illustrates children’s books. Her father’s a librarian.

One more thing: I really enjoyed the bits of humor Hamilton wove into the story.

I really have no complaints about this book; I quite liked Tyger Tyger and I’m looking forward to more. Actually, I want to read the next book now! (But I’m afraid I’ll have to wait awhile; I couldn’t find any information about book 2. Which isn’t too surprising since this one just came out. But still.)

About the author
Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade book; this is her first novel for a young adult audience. She lives in New Mexico.

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Book Chic

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13 responses to “Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Word Lily! I am so glad you like Tyger Tyger.

    🙂 Kersten

  2. I’m not a fan of fantasy and don’t know what high fantasy is – maybe this would be a good introduction for me.

  3. Ooh! I’d love a signed copy!

    I’m glad you tried this one out, Hannah! This is up there with some of the YA titles I’ve read this year and really liked – such a refreshing and unusual change of pace with regards to the fantasy world.

  4. This sounds good Hannah, I have seen it around. I would love a chance to win a copy.

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  6. what a wonderful story…i would enjoy reading this novel very much 🙂

  7. I would love to read Tyger, Tyger. Noticed you mentioned Fantasy in your review. I like the Fantasy mix. Good review.

  8. This book sounds really good!

  9. I really enjoyed this book, too! Have you seen the book trailer?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnFjfMwT7I0

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