Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: November 15th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Goblin Wars #1
*I own a Kindle copy of this book.
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.
First things first. I had been looking forward to reading this book since I found out about it. Which was pretty much the beginning of my book-blogging career. Sometimes when this happens, I blame myself for my expectations being too high. Not this time. Because I did like Tyger Tyger. But I also thought it had a lot of flaws. And I’m sick of blaming myself. It can’t always be my fault as a reader. I read for enjoyment. And when I can’t enjoy something fully, something is wrong.
My first issue was that there was way, WAY too much dialogue. There were not enough descriptions and all of the plot-building was told through dialogue. And that didn’t sit well with me. I can’t understand why a writer would choose to go down this road? Because of that, there was too much telling and not enough showing. I missed the lack of imagery. The lack of world-building. And it was really obvious. Which took me out of the story as a reader.
There was a lot of mythology and a lot of it I had never heard of before. Which was great because I love learning. But I also felt it could have been explained more clearly. Some parts of the book were confusing. But again, this had a lot to do with the lack of description and too much dialogue! I think I would have understood it better if it wasn’t explained through the characters, and instead through a knowledgeable narrator.
Things I did like? I loved Finn. And I loved the unearthly quality of the story. I loved all the creatures and there were moments when I was really scared for the characters. It truly felt like a real fantasy novel and not an imitation. I’m not completely done with this series. I’m invested enough in the characters and the story to want and need to find out what happens in the next book. But that doesn’t change the fact that I was disappointed in the writing itself. There were some good things about it, but it is not the type of writing that I enjoy. So I am hoping that the mammoth amount of dialogue in this book will be toned down in the next one.
To order a copy of Tyger Tyger from Amazon.com, click here: Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book.